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Our Wine Making - Frank Wines
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Frank is often requested to teach people how to make wine. For more information, email or phone 707 - 528 - 2949.
is much like making bread, only it
takes longer and weighs more. The process is as simple and
the most important things to remember are to pay attention,
smell it, taste it and keep it clean. The process that remains
complicated is the fact that the observance
of how it changes and grows into it's best moments occurs over such a long period.
keeping is an art for home winemakers; maybe almost as much as making
the wine itself which frankly takes care of itself with minor
intervention from us. Taking good notes about aromas, flavors and also technical details at every
stage is extremely important. Most home winemakers are commonly referred to as
'garagistas' and many are not as interested in spending too much time
in the analysis and thinking stages of learning and practicing. We take
dedicated notes about many things, starting before the crush. For more
information about the notes we take, see our wine notes page.
our wine making began during the 2003 harvest in Dry Creek Valley - Sangiovese
grapes from Merlo Vineyards - we have
continued to venture into new varietals each season since. To date we
have won numerous awards for our wines in a variety of home wine competitions. The most important to us was the
Best of Show Red Wines at the 2007 Orange County Fair. It was awarded to our 2005
Syrah, Dry Creek Valley from Merlo Vineyards. This wine is a show stopper
with it's incredibly full fruit and deep richness. It is remarkable
to us that our true-to-grape winemaking style; no oaking, no sulfites, no
filtering method has produced such a marvelous reward.
Sangiovese (Grosso) was so popular, we didn't have any idea
when we started how much we would come to appreciate this humble varietal. We made some again in 2005 (along with a Sangiovese Brunello) and again in 2009. We have also started a Dolcetto for 2009 which some consider similar to Sangiovese Grosso.
During the months of August through October, you may find us involved
in bottling previous vintages, doing our own crush, monitoring the primary fermentation and pressing and barreling our current vintage wines. We welcome you
to observe or participate if you wish.
At certain times of year, barrel tasting is possible.
We love sharing and discussing wine and wine making in general. To read
about the basic process,
here is a link you may find of
Please let us know if you wish to participate
in or observe our wine making project.
We also offer some of our wine making equipment on a rental basis to other home wine makers.
Please click here
for more information.