Wine Making Chemistry with BookCliff Vineyards
Wine chemistry is a complex subject. There are so many things to measure, balance, and think about that it’s hard to know when to do what and decide what’s really important. To help us navigate this complex subject Holly Wells and John Garlich of BookCliff Vineyards have come on the show to walk us though the entire wine making process… from a chemistry perspective.
We start with the grapes on the vine and discuss when to harvest and how to tell if the time is right. From there we cover each and every step along the way up to bottling your wine.
Even if you are primarily a kit winemaker you’ll learn a lot from this interview. John was a home winemaker before he started BookCliff Vineyards and he shares a lot of tips that will help winemakers of any scale.
To learn more about BookCliff Vineyards please visit: http://bookcliffvineyards.com/
Resources & Products Mentioned
- pH meter*
- analytical scale (measures 1/100th of a gram, if you can find it John recommends 1/1000th of a gram accuracy)
- Holly’s resources available through the Core Enology Group Resource Page
*Digital pH meters require several calibration reagents as well as storage and cleaning solutions. Be sure to read the section on recommended additional products for more information.