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As for 2020, the pickings are slim but not without some wonderful memories.
At the end of February, Paolo Cantele, one of my best friends in the business, and I made our last road trip of the whole year to promote his family's wines. We started in Houston with a big event at Vinology. Then, Dallas with a sold-out dinner at the legendary Jimmy's. And as we were on our way to Boulder for another packed wine tasting at Boulder Wine Merchant, we decided we should try to host an event in Tulsa, a town I had never been to but where, I had. Heard, there was (and is) a vibrant and progressive wine scene.
After looking for possible places, I cold called Matt Sanders (above) owner of the fantastic wine destination of Tulsa Vintage wine bar.
After a conversation of about 10 minutes, he agreed to let us organize a tasting of Paolo's wines.
There really is nothing so remarkable about it other than the fact that Matt, such a gracious and extremely talented wine professional, took a chance on two strangers.
Paolo and I ended up hanging out all night after our event (no surprises there), mostly drinking premium California chardonnay (one of Paolo and I's mutual loves).
The Vintage Wine Bar offerings would have been right at home in Oakland or Brooklyn. And meeting and interacting with Matt reminded us how wine and the global wine community never fail to bring us together - even on a first date with a new city. We had such a blast that night.
Matt, if you're reading this take it for what it's worth: a love letter to one of my favorite wine bars in the country and one of the coolest wines I've come across since. long time.
I know Matt et al. are doing well thanks to their Instagram. And I can't wait to go back when Paolo and I make our next trip. This is one of the first things he and I plan to do once we can connect in person again.
Earlier today, Paolo stopped by to eat a fried chicken steak at Marilyn's in McAlester, Oklahoma.
It was everything we dreamed of: a warm and cozy American dinner serving cookies and gravy any time of the day.
We were even trolled by a very big Trump supporter who mistook us for a gay couple (Paolo's leather may have been the trigger). It was around the time Rush Limbaugh Huffed And Huffed About Pete Buttigieg Being Gay. I can therefore understand our colleague's concern.
The lady behind the counter (below) seemed to feel bad about it. And she even gave me an iced tea (unsweetened) to go.
Man, I love America. And I miss it even more.
Thanks for being here and be sure to check out Matt Sanders' great wine program in Tulsa! I can not wait to return!
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We would recommend either Wineworks Premium or Wineworks Superior as your first 30 Bottle Kit Wine. Both of these ranges are designed to produce a good quality wine that is ready to drink within 2-4 weeks but will benefit if left up to 6-8 weeks. Furthermore, they also have a great selection of wines to choose from.
If you’ve never made wine before or you simply don’t have any of the equipment or ingredients any longer then you could purchase one of our bundles. These bundles combine all the required equipment along with your prefered wine kit so that you can have everything delivered to your door and just get started. The Wineworks Superior Starter Bundles are a great choice if you want to keep the equipment budget down but still choose the quality of wine you’d like to go for. Whereas, the Wineworks Luxury Starter Bundles offer a better quality equipment pack and still let you choose from a great choice of wine packs.
The two most important aspects of making wine are Cleanliness and Temperature. Firstly remember everything that comes into contact with the wine should be cleaned and sterilised ( see below ). Secondly maintain a constant temperature between 21-26°C ( 69-79°F ). It is much better to be on the cool side and constant than hot one minute and cold the next. Airing cupboards are definitely no, no’s. ( See below )
Clean and sterilise all equipment. Here’s a selection of Sterilisers you can use and if you not quite sure which steriliser to go for then you can take a look at our Beginners Wine Making Part 1 - Cleaning, Sterlising
Wineworks Superior wines : These usually take 10-15 days to ferment, and a further week to clear. Again the wine can be drunk immediately but we recommend ageing it 4 weeks but you can leave it up to 12 months. The time you will leave it will depend very much on your stocks. So get plenty built up. The reds benefit more than the whites with ageing. Certain packs ( see the list below ) are suited more to the experienced wine maker and take around 4 weeks to ferment and then left for a further 2 weeks. These products does really benefit from ageing. All the kits we list in this section require little ageing.
As it’s new to you it will probably take in all 2 hours for your first batch. However, once you are used to it 1 hour is about the maximum amount of time needed. We would also point out bar the bottling side; it takes just as long to make 6 bottles as it does to make 30 bottles, so we strongly recommend you make the larger quantity. After all 6 bottles doesn’t go very far as we said before !
From our experience it is much better to maintain a constant temperature than a fluctuating one. We suggest 21-26°C ( 69-79°F ), although if it is cooler than this, it is not a problem, it just takes slightly longer to ferment. If you can’t maintain this then we supply three different forms of heating equipment : Brew Belt / Heat BeltThis is a simple insulated electric cable that wraps round your container and provides a gentle heat. It is very flexible and extremely easy to use. Heat Tray ( 4 demi/5 Gallon Fermenter ) This is like a flat tray that provides a gentle continuous heat that goes under the fermenter. Immersion HeaterThis drops into the conteneur, through the bung and can be thermostatically controlled to maintain the exact temperature. Similar to a fish tank heater. All these can be added to our starter coffret packages. See our scène showing the variétés of heating equipment available for your fermentation.
It is important to clean
If you’ve made it this far, hopefully understanding a bit of what we’ve said, then you’ll want to know how much it will cost to get started ! As you may have noticed, we’ve put together a couple of equipment packs which include everything you need, and take the confusion out of buying. You can make your first 30 bottles of Wine for approximately £65. 00. That’s all in ( Equipment