Home Winemaking – ‘W’ for Wine, Water, Wood and more! #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to the World of ! I’m having fun alphabetizing the process – you can find the links to the other letters at the end of this post.

Today’s letter is “W“, so let’s have fun!

Can’t do “W” without , right? Wine is, of course, a popular and important beverage that accompanies and enhances a wide range of cuisines, from the simple and traditional stews to the most sophisticated and complex Haute cuisines.

Wine is often served with dinner, and sweet dessert may be served with the dessert course. In fine restaurants in Western countries, wine typically accompanies dinner. Wine is also drunk without the accompaniment of a meal in wine bars or with a selection of cheeses (at a wine and cheese party). Or, you know, for fun at home.

Wine is important in cuisine not just for its value as a beverage, but as a flavor agent, primarily in stocks and braising, since its acidity lends balance to rich savory or sweet dishes. Wine sauce is an example of a culinary sauce that uses wine as a primary ingredient.

And remember the first rule of thumb when using wine in your cooking – if it tastes terrible enough you wouldn’t drink it on its own, do not use it in your recipe. Only use wine that you would actually drink, because whatever flavor you like or dislike about that wine, will be embedded in your cuisine.

: made of 2 atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen (H2O) water is the main component in wine generally representing over 80% of its composition. This is why wine lovers often say: “save water, drink wine”.

: as mentioned before, oak is the main type of wood used in winemaking. But oak flavors in wine are often referred to as ‘wood flavors’.

Wine Cave: A large cave that is excavated to provide a cool location for storing and aging wine.

Something I would so  love to have some day, but I’ll just have to make the basement room I’ll be converting to a wine cellar look like a cave for now.

Speaking of which… next ‘W’, Wine Cellar: A cool, dark location in which wine is stored, often for the purpose of aging.

We talked about temperature for fermentation as well as storing. Hence the reason I’ll be converting the one basement room that has no windows or heat vents into a wine cellar – it’s going to be fun and functional! And the picture above is my inspiration on ideas of how I’d like it to look. I have so many ideas!

Wine fault: No, not a fault like an earthquake waiting to happen, it’s the undesirable characteristics in wine caused by poor winemaking techniques or storage conditions. When your wine is being judged in a winemaking competition, you want to make sure there are no faults! You don’t want the judges making this face:

Winemaking is so much fun – at least for me – and am tickled every time I give the wine I make as gifts to friends and family who love drinking it as much as I love making it. While we go through this alphabetical series on winemaking, if you have any burning questions, be sure to ask them in the comments below, and I’ll reply there – and maybe even highlight your specific question(s) in a future post!

Thanks for joining me in this fun adventure!

Here are the links going backwards for your convenience, in case you missed any:

A for Aromas, Acidity and Appearance
B for Barrels, Bottles and Blackberry Wine
C for Color, Clarity, Carboys and Cherry Wine
D for Decanting and Decanters
E for Equipment
F for Fermentation
G for Glass and Grape
H for Harvest
I for Infusion
J
for Jeroboam and Jug
K for Kabinett
L for Leaf, Label and Lees
M for Merlot, Muscat and Must
N – the Nose has it!
O for Oak and Oxidation
P for Palate and Press
Q for Quality
R for Racking and Riddling
S for Sweet and Sanitary
T for Taste and Tasting
U for Ullage
V for Verjus

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About StacyUncorked

After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Stacy was surprised when Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance - deciding to forgo the career and stay home was a no-brainer. As if her hands weren't full enough, 8 years later she and her husband added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension (of crazy) to their family and even more sleepless nights. When she’s not refereeing kids, dogs and cats, she loves to write, hence the reason she decided to start her little blog, and because she never got a baby book to mark milestones, this was the next best thing. She also enjoys doing reviews and giveaways for products she or her family would willingly use and can stand behind. She loves to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, she takes on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. Her favorite, of course, is making her award winning wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway.
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4 thoughts on “Home Winemaking – ‘W’ for Wine, Water, Wood and more! #AtoZChallenge

  1. Girlfriend you have me convinced. You do know your stuff regarding wine-making! Plus wow… you’re actually going to build a wine cellar? That’s fan-freakin’-tastic! I surely hope you give us a step-by-step view of this. I’d love to see & read about it for one! It has been a fun trip reading about your experiences and the facts & fun about wine making. I for one thank you so much for sharing with us. It really took a lot of know how to do this. You really taught me a lot about it. mmmmm You’re a little ol’ winemaker you!!! Now my question is have you ever entered any wine making contests, and if so did you win??? Oh and one more thing I’m on a new kick lately… I love, love, love Moscato… do you make that kind and where’s my bottle. ~hehehe~ let me know how much and I’ll send it to you! mmmmmm can taste the flavor and smell the aroma now! mmmmmm

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