Super Teaneck 2017: Phases 2 & 3

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My adventures with my Super Teaneck wines made from Moscato and Zinfandel continued through December when I racked the wine off it’s incredible amount of dead yeast cells or lees for the final time before bottling. I transferred the wine into bottles this past December according to my Gurus at Corrado’s – my wine mecca.

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I then dusted off the Bordeaux and burgundy bottles I had in the basement lo these many year between my home wine making adventures. Washed everything up and got ready to bottle. I found my old corker and learned how to use it again with the help of my mini-assistant who thought the whole thing was hilarious.

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Every new bottle and cork some of the wine would spray out which he called my wine bath. This activity kept him in stitches.

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When I finished all of the bottles and laid them down to rest in the cellar I was very pleased. I have no idea how the wine will be because I didn’t add sulfites. Some home winemakers do and others do not. I racked my wine twice post fermentation but perhaps should have done another passage and then added the sulfites. I found these interesting comments about home wine making which I thought were useful This year I only made around 45 bottles so if it’s terrible, only a few friends will have to suffer through it. Not the larger quantities I made the first two times out. Here are more ideas about the sulfite debate for home winemakers.

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I’ve got a long way to go before entering one of my wines in a competition but that is another wine goal for the future. I labeled a couple of those wines for Christmas but just imposed them on family. The whole thing is very fun and educational for all concerned.

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