Bubbly 101

Disgorging.  It’s the art of getting all of the dead yeast out of a bottle of bubbly.  Done right, and we have a crystal clear bottle of sparkling awesomeness.  Done wrong, and we have a lot of lost wine on the floor and a cloudy mess in the bottle.  … Read More June 3rd, 2019  |  Susanne Bullock  |   | 
Assemblage. A winemaker puts a whole lot of thought, and a good amount of heart and soul, into this process. First things first. We’re going to start out with a little French lesson. Assemblage is a French word, meaning assembling, and is pronounced ah-sem-blaushj. Read More March 6th, 2019  |  Susanne Bullock  |   | 
Mark riddling sparkling wine
Some words just get lost in translation. In France, they say remuage. Translated to English, the word is riddling. What is this riddling thing all about? Although it has a funny name, riddling is actually a labor-intensive and intricate task in sparkling wine and Champagne production.… Read More November 6th, 2018  |  Susanne Bullock  |   | 
The grapes that we use in our sparkling wines are French-hybrid grapes, and they have a unique history. In the mid-1800’s, our friends across the pond were dealing with “The Great French Wine Blight” and boy did it cause some excitement in France.  … Read More April 8th, 2018  |  Susanne Bullock  |   | 
There are many different ways to create bubbles in wine. Some are easy, some are incredibly involved. In this article, we are going to compare the two main ways of adding bubbles using a secondary fermentation. There’s Charmat, which is definitely more complicated than carbonation.… Read More March 7th, 2018  |  Susanne Bullock  |   | 

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