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- jcommarata - 09-02-2002 05:28 AM

could you let me know the names of califonia juices that I could buy that would produce a dry wine. I have used alicante,barbera,cab.sauvignon and they are all too sweet. also, any tips you could give me on wine making,fermentation process,or any additives to make a better wine would be appreciated. I have not used any additives in the past, but if they will make a more stable wine, I would.

- Thomas - 09-02-2002 10:19 AM

j, your comment is puzzling. Juice does not make wine dry or sweet, that is the job of the winemaker--juice is just raw material.

I supsect you are not doing the fermentation properly, and not letting the juice ferment dry. You need either to get a book about winemaking or to take a class.

The only thing you might want to add to your wine is potassium metabisulfite (sulfur dioxide powder) to protect the wine from oxidation. But again, you need to learn how to use it.

Winemaking, even at home, is not a simple task--if you want good wine, that is.

- Catch 22 - 09-02-2002 05:31 PM

You need to start reading! Grapes Into Wine by Philip Wagner is good, as is The Art of Making Wine, by Anderson & Hull
There is also plenty to see on the web -