At the North Coast Wine Club, we use just about the same equipment as professional wineries. Tom has many years of experience making wine and Dave too!
Dave is also enrolled in the only wine degree program in the State of Ohio and will soon have his Enology degree.
The vineyards are a critical determinant of the end product wines for every vintage. The North Coast Wine Club has many years of experience buying from well-established, known vineyards. Our source vineyards have made 90-100-point wines.
Winemaking begins with the grape harvest. The North Coast Wine Club has two sessions, one for northern hemisphere grapes and one for southern hemisphere grapes.
In the northern hemisphere, the harvest occurs from August thru November. In the southern hemisphere, the harvest occurs from April through June.
There are about five steps to making wine.
1st Step Crush & Destem:
We pick up the harvest grapes and perform crushing and de-stemming the grapes that are put into primary fermentation. The objective of crushing is not necessarily to squeeze all of the juice out of the grape but to split the external skin and allow the juice to start its run. The sugar from the juice mingles with the specially added yeast. It's the combination of yeast and sugar that produces the wine's alcohol; this is now called must.
2nd Step Pressing:
In about a week or two we gently “press” the must, with a bladder press, now it is wine. We put the wine into stainless steel tanks and let it settle and clear up.
3rd Step Racking:
Twice in the next six weeks we “rack” the wine. Which consist of moving the wine from one tank to another leaving behind what is called lees, this helps clarify the wine.
4th Step Aging:
The wine is then racked to French Oak Barrels and placed in our climate-controlled barrel room for aging which will last about 6-10 months.
5th Step Bottling:
The day has finally arrived, you bottle and label your wine. You are now ready to take it home, impress your friends and family with the fruits of your labor. Your wine will continue to age and mature in the bottle developing an even more enhanced taste.
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