Winemaking is Hard

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winemaking disasterIf you ever get the idea that it would be cool to make wine in your garage, on weekends, when the spirit moves you, you should probably read this first. And keep your expectations very, very low

As my experience proved the hard way, there’s a reason most winemakers learn their skill with a university degree. While fermentation is a simple process, good winemaking simply is not. Most of the nuances of winemaking are invisible and microscopic, especially with natural wines. There might not be any visual indicators of a problem, and the aromatic indicators are minute, demanding that the stewards of vino be scrupulous and focused on their grapes from the field to the bottling line.

Yes. It was a real mess.