Ask the Winemaker - Why do you top up the wine barrels?

Ask the Winemaker - Why do you top up the wine barrels?

Q: Why do you top up the wine barrels?

A: If you ever find me climbing around the barrel racks in the cellar with a pitcher of wine in hand, you're probably catching me topping up the wine barrels. It's a pretty simple procedure. You basically fill each barrel to the top with wine. We do this to eliminate headspace in the barrels, which limits oxygen contact to the wine, which keeps the wine in the barrels nice and tasty through the aging process and inhibits any microbial growth that need oxygen to multiply.

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Ask the Winemaker - What is a "Family" winery?

Ask the Winemaker - What is a "Family" winery?

Q: What is a "Family" winery

A: You see this term "family" winery or "family-owned" winery a lot in the industry, and, technically, it doesn't mean much with regard to size or quality. Some of the largest wineries in the world are "family-owned" wineries. And they make some good and bad wine. Some of the smallest wineries are mom-and-pop shops that make good and bad wine. And some "family" wineries are actually owned by large holding companies or massive corporations…

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