Category Archives: Vincabulary

Vin-cab-u-lary Racking

Racking is an essential part to making any sound wine. It is a process that, on average, should be performed 2 to 4 times throughout the winemaking process. Doing so in a timely manner will aid in the clarification of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, Vincabulary | Leave a comment

VINCABULARY – Charmat Method

There are a number of ways to create a sparkling wine.  The enclosed Barboursville Brut is made in the Charmat or Metodo Italiano method. Used widely in Italy, the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in stainless steel tanks rather … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, Vincabulary | Leave a comment

Vincabulary – Bâtonnage

Bâtonnage is the French term for stirring the settled lees (expended yeast) back into the wine. Bâtonnage, or lees stirring redistributes polysaccharides and mannoproteins of dead cells into the wine mass and, in the case of barrel aging, re-exposes the … Continue reading

Posted in Vincabulary | Tagged | Leave a comment

Vincabulary – Maceration

  Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine: Maceration is an ancient word for steeping a material in liquid with or without a kneading action to separate the softened parts of the material from the harder ones. … Continue reading

Posted in Vincabulary | Leave a comment

Vin-cab-ulary – Cooking with wine

I love to cook and people often ask me about cooking with wine. Rather than speaking from my personal experience I thought I would quote a cooking professional about the issue.  Linda Stradley of What’s Cooking America writes: “The first … Continue reading

Posted in Vincabulary | Leave a comment

July 2012 Vincabulary – Waiter’s Key

Waiter’s Key  In 1795, the first corkscrew patent was granted to the Reverend Samuell Henshall, in England. A standard corkscrew consists of a pointed metal helix (also called the “worm” attached to a handle.  The user twists the helix into … Continue reading

Posted in Vincabulary | Leave a comment

Vincabulary – Zork

The ZORK is trade name for a combination closure and pull-off capsule. It is, easy to remove by hand and simple to reseal. Made from 100% recyclable food-grade polymers, ZORK wine closures do not taint wine or scalp its flavors. … Continue reading

Posted in Vincabulary | Leave a comment