Winery visit

It has been a long time since I made a post here. I just wanted to update you on what has been going on with this site. I’ve FINALLY finished my house and we have moved in! Yea! Since we are finally getting settled, I hope to be doing more with my blog. I have lots of plans, I just need to spend the time implementing them.

One thing I wanted to talk about today was a visit to Adam’s County Winery in Gettysburg. I had to attend a business trip there and the Miss’s and I decided to visit a local winery. They had some very good wines, but the one that impressed me the most was their Apple Wine. The fragrance of this wine was superb! I knew It was apple wine just by the smell. It had a nice balanced apple flavor, but it was the nose that impressed me.

I make apple wine every year, but it does not have the quality of fragrance that the Apple Wine from Adams County Winery. I now know how I can improve my own apple wine. Unfortunately, I could not speak with the owners to find their secret. I did learn that they use Golden Delicious and Macintosh apples, so I will start there.

This brings me to my lesson for the day. Try different wines than yours. You will be surprised about what you can learn about your own wine making by sampling other wines. A local winery is a good place to start. They usually let you sample a few different varieties of wine. By trying something different, you can learn more about being a better wine maker. Enjoy!

Wine Class

Last night, October 25, I taught a fruit wine making class at the Porter House Brew Shop. We had a great time talking about how to make home made wine and tasting samples. One of my students brought in some Tomato Wine. It was far better than the Tomato Wine I made! I showed my students how to make an Apple Cider Wine. This is one of my favorites. I usually make a couple of batches every year. My father has his own fresh apples pressed into cider every year and I make a couple of batches of wine from his apple cider.

One thing I tell my students is that wine making is part art and part science. The science part is taking measurements and adjusting the must based on those measurements. The art part is not sweating the small stuff and just make the wine.

When you taste you must it should taste sweet. You should also be able to taste the acid in the must. As long as you kept everything sanitized, pitch your yeast and have a glass of wine. Relax and enjoy yourself. If it feels too much like work and not enough like fun, what is the point?

I really enjoy teaching these classes. They don´t feel like work, the feel like fun. If I could only make enough money teaching them to pay all my bills, I could quit my day job!

Enjoy a glass of wine!