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The amount of alcohol in a wine is a key factor to how you experience that wine. Is there too much? too little? How can a wine with lower alcohol taste like it is strong or "hot"? These are all questions answered by Crushpad winemaker, Kian Tavakoli in this Winemaker's Minute.
19 Feb 2008
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Whether you are making your own wine, or just trying to find the right bottle at a local shop, you need to be able to express to others the style of wine you are looking for. You can't get what you want if you don't know how to ask for it. Crushpad Chief winemaker Michael Zitzlaff talks with us about how to define a style of of wine.
20 Feb 2008
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Do you leave the berries whole, or do you split them open to allow the juice to start mixing with the skins in the cold soak and fermentation tank? It all depends on the grape varietal, and how much extraction you are looking for in your wine. Kian Tavakoli, winemaker At Crushpad, explains your options.
21 Feb 2008
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The balance between pH and acidity is a delicate one that you must pay close attention to as you are making wine. The ripeness of the fruit and type of grape varietal will dictate how you have to work with that fruit to produce a wine that meets your desired style goals.
29 May 2009
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Kian Tavakoli, winemaker for Crushpad, explains when you do, and when you don't want to think about including whole clusters in your fermentation. For some varieatals, in some years, it can enhance aromas, and other desirable characteristics in a wine. In other years the stems are simply too green to include any whole clusters... Doing so would give your wine green tannins that can make a wine harsh.
20 Feb 2008
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Grist Vineyard's Warren Burton on Veraison. Veraison marks the coming of harvest. But, what is veraison and how do vineyard managers use this period to ensure only the best grapes are used? Warren Burton of Grist Vineyard in Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley shows how crops are thinned during veraison.
22 Feb 2008
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Fining can be used to clarify and soften wines. Fining is the process of clarifying and stabilizing a wine. A fining agent is mixed in to bind with particles suspended in wine that would make it appear cloudy when poured into a glass. Since fining agents are slightly heavier than wine, the bound particles precipitate out and settle to the bottom of the tank. Sometimes you might fine a wine to clean it up if it is cloudy, other times you might wish to soften the wine by precipitating out compounds that are astringent. Most red wines won't need fining but whites benefit from the process so they remain crystal clear as they age in the bottle.
27 Feb 2008
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Some people insist on filtering, others are proud to avoid it - You decide. Most white wines are filtered prior to bottling, and some reds are. Filtering can clarify a wine so that it sparkles in your glass, but if you filter too heavily it can strip character from the wine. How do you decide what level of filtration, if any, is appropriate for your wine? Well, you ask a guy who has 25+ years experience making that call. Crushpad's Chief Winemaker, Michael Zitzlaff explains your options.
9 Feb 2009
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Fining can be used to clarify and soften wines. Fining is the process of clarifying and stabilizing a wine. A fining agent is mixed in to bind with particles suspended in wine that would make it appear cloudy when poured into a glass. Since fining agents are slightly heavier than wine, the bound particles precipitate out and settle to the bottom of the tank. Sometimes you might fine a wine to clean it up if it is cloudy, other times you might wish to soften the wine by precipitating out compounds that are astringent. Most red wines won't need fining but whites benefit from the process so they remain crystal clear as they age in the bottle.
26 Mar 2008
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Watch as Crushpad and a team of judges reenact the famous Judgment of Paris to celebrate the premiere of the new feature film, Bottle Shock.
21 Aug 2008
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Malolactic conversion transforms sharp malic acids into softer lactic acids. Also referred to as secondary fermentation, it uses bacteria to transform muscular malic acids into smoother tasting lactic acids.
22 Aug 2008
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All fermentations slow down as they reach their end, and some of those need a little help - find out how we get them to finish. Crushpad's Chief Winemaker, Michael Zitzlaff shows us a few methods we use to coax these reluctant wines to dryness.
22 Aug 2008
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White wines are pressed prior to fermentation. Red wines are pressed after fermentation Those are the basics but when you press. In this Winemaker's Minute, Crushpad winemaker Chris Nelson explains all the variables involved with pressing wine.
22 Aug 2008
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Extended maceration is the process of leaving a red wine in contact with the skins after fermentation is complete. It is employed when a winemaker wishes to modify the amount, and types, of tannin present when pressing the wine to barrel.
22 Aug 2008
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Whether you want a crisp mineral-driven Sauvignon Blanc, or a luscious fruit-forward Syrah, you have to pay close attention to the temperature of the fermentation so that you can achieve those goals. Crushpad winemaker, Kian Tavakoli explains it all.
22 Aug 2008
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During fermentation of red wines, the grape skins & seeds float to the top of the bin. How you manage that cap of skins has a big impact on the style of wine that comes from that fermentation. Crushpad CEO Michael Brill explains cap management.
22 Aug 2008
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