Ruby Magdalena Vineyards

…and more geeky stuff

Did you know that there are many things that affect the way wine tastes? Of course, the variety and ripeness of the grapes, the location, soil, climate and style of grape growing, the way the wine was made, the age and storage (elevage) of the wine, the temperature of the wine, what you’re eating (or […]

Let’s talk about why we “punch down”

Join us each week for some Geeky wine stuff! Did you know that (almost) all grape juice is clear, not colored? Yes! The color of wine generally comes from the skins as the pulp of most grapes, light grapes AND dark grapes is colorless. In order to extract the color and other goodies from the […]

Do you have a wind machine or use smudge pots for cold temperatures?

We get this question quite a bit: We do not have either a wind machine or smudge pots…but our neighbors do! In the early spring while the blossoms on the neighboring orchards are so fragile, and when temps drop below 32°, the wind machines are used to circulate the air to keep the damaging cold […]

Have you heard of wine phenolics and polyphenols?

We’re going to wrap up this month of barrel talk with a little bit about these compounds and what contributions a barrel can give to a red wine. . First of all…what is a phenolic compound? A phenolic compound by definition is an aromatic organic compound that has a phenol ring in its structure. There […]

Wine, all the way to the top!

We do this periodically to prevent the wine from spoiling. A barrel is not an airtight container such as a stainless-steel drum. A barrel will allow evaporation of wine through the wood itself and the tiny spaces between boards of the staves and the heads. This evaporative process drives the phenomenon called microoxygenation (or microx) […]

Did you know that barrels come in a variety of sizes?

Here’s a bit of information that we found from one source Let’s start with the smallest called a Firkin. This little guy holds a mere 41L (11 gallons) and is traditionally used for dispensing cask ale. A few sizes up is where the wine barrel called a Barrique or a Burgundy comes in, American oak […]

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