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23 responses to “On Making My Own Wine”

  1. Jared

    Put simply, thank you for writing this. Rarely do blog posts strike me in that special _way_, but this one did, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Cheers.

  2. andrew

    First of all, this post is just fantastically well written. Not just a “food blog post” but really an essay on food, or wine, rather.

    Second it’s inspiring – I’ve been working my way through homebrewing different beer styles, and someday may graduate to wine.

    Dandelion wine is something that’s always fascinated me (started years ago upon reading the Ray Bradbury book of the same name) – do you have a reliable recipe or advice?

  3. Kevin

    A particularly well written post indeed.

    Great winemaking experience. My sad endeavors always involved kits, as the nearest supply of grapes are a 10 hr drive away. I quit. Intentional quitting. As my palate got educated, I figured I’d leave that end of my foody-ism to the pros. I also figured there IS so much diversity, that drinking variety was desirable. Not that I wouldn’t be happy to gulp some of your projects with you…

  4. adele

    Lovely post. I love the names you gave your wines.

    I have friends who do a little homebrewing, but even if I do have the space someday, I think I’m better off limiting my yeast-based experiments to bread. :)

  5. mdmnm

    Nice post!

  6. emilie

    neither arrogant nor insipid –a truly fun post to read. thanks.

  7. karine

    beautifully put.

    love your labels.

  8. Kelly H

    You most certainly did NOT make a fool of yourself. Your post was exceptional and stirring (or should I saw “swirling”).

  9. islandexile

    Thanks for the really thoughtful post. I didn’t even use a computer until a early 2007 (I know, I know…). What I absolutely love about this new world, besides all the information, is a piece that makes me think about all sorts of new things or old things in a new way. I’ve read lots of books and articles about wine, but this made me feel as if I were looking over the wine- maker’s shoulder.

  10. Bill Bird

    I see that damn cat is still hanging around! Well, I’m just insanely jealous I suppose. My garden blog posts are mostly met with the sound of crickets. So, in response, I’ve taken to throwing the H.S. Brandywine under the bus. It did finally produce its first tomato. So, I suppose we’ll find out if this is actually a Brandywine or a Pruden’s Purple. But I’m not ripping out my tomato plants for Swiss Chard! Never!

  11. Loo

    methinks I need a glass of this Rainy Sunday. A lovely post, thanks Hank.

  12. Jon

    Very nice post, and very nice blog! Just found you through NorCal and am thrilled because you speak to what I love – hunting, eating, and enjoying life! I’ve added you to my roll, thanks for the great information and well-written prose.

  13. Great White Hunter

    Great post! Wil you try beer this winter?

  14. Ken

    Very nice post indeed! I make a bottle or two (yes) every year from my own grapes (Carmine, an odd Davis clone) which is sometimes drinkable. I’m going for zero technology, wild yeast. Pure chance. I have some around from several years ago, next time you’re in Stockton, let me know. Ken

  15. Heather

    I looked at this post awhile ago (last weekend, maybe?) and now that I’m back, I’m still flabbergasted. Very well done, Hank.

  16. Buzzie

    Just catching up now. Heart-felt and honest post. Very impressed.
    Villa de Hank e Holly shines even on a rainy day.

  17. Garrett

    Massive, massive props to you and your new wine! Job well done!

  18. Augie

    Hank, Cheers to you and Holly!

    Very well written. It sounds like you have been bitten by the bug. The Mourvedre will be an awesome match with some of your recipes.

  19. Peter

    Nice work on all fronts.

  20. Simon

    Great read. I went to high school in Placerville, CA and been to Georgetown, flyspec that it is, many times. Beautiful country, Northern California. Too bad in my youth I wasn’t astute enough to realize how lovely it was. I’ve toyed with the idea of making my own wine, this might be just the encouragement I need. Thanks again.

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