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Strawblog: Day 2 continued: Fermentation prep

1 August 2009
By Tom Mansell
Strawblog: Day 2 continued: Fermentation prep

So once I had the must chaptalized, it was (finally) time for some fermentation. Before starting fermentation, I wanted to make sure that my fermentation was clean, and that means sterilizing. Most wineries would sterilize using steam or detergents and sanitizing agents. While these are available for homebrewers (B-Brite and C-Brite are common sanitizers),...
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Wine Blogging Wednesday 59: Osake desu!

16 July 2009
By Tom Mansell
Wine Blogging Wednesday 59: Osake desu!

Konnichi-wa, readers. Let’s take a break from the strawberry story for another edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, this time a staggering 8 days late. Having taken five weeks of Japanese classes back in 1999, I was excited about this month’s WBW. Richard, Boston’s Passionate Foodie and unrepentant sake enthusiast, chose the theme of homage...
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Strawblog: Day 2: Chaptalization, or the boring math part.

7 July 2009
By Tom Mansell
Strawblog: Day 2: Chaptalization, or the boring math part.

When we last left our berries they were cold-soaking overnight in the fridge after crush and pectinase treatment. The next day it was time to take some measurements. I squeezed the pulp in a hop bag to get straight juice out into a graduated cylinder. I suppose you don’t need a graduated cylinder but...
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Strawblog: Day 1

3 July 2009
By Tom Mansell
Strawblog: Day 1

Sarah and I are members of the Sweet Land Farm CSA (community-supported agrictulture) in Trumansburg. For those unfamiliar with the CSA concept, you basically invest in a share of the farm and your dividends are vegetables and fruits. Anyway, one of the benefits of membership is unlimited U-Pick strawberries. Naturally, I picked about 5...
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Vendredi du vin 24: La sommellerie moléculaire

30 June 2009
By Tom Mansell
Vendredi du vin 24: La sommellerie moléculaire

Bon jour, readers. I have been lax in postings lately (even though I have about 5 written… in my head), but this idea really caught my eye. We anglophones have “Wine Blogging Wednesday“, in which I have participated twice so far. Francophones, on the other hand, have “Vendredi du Vin“, or “Wine Friday”. I...
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Finger Lakes Wineries on Twitter

19 June 2009
By Tom Mansell
Finger Lakes Wineries on Twitter

Twitter is awesome. If you’re not on it, you’re missing out. Join the conversation with me and these Finger Lakes Winery personnel. This will become a permanent page on the site, so check back for new additions as word spreads to winemakers and owners that allowing people to get to know the people behind...
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Wine Blogging Wednesday 58: Pairing wine with music

14 June 2009
By Tom Mansell
Wine Blogging Wednesday 58: Pairing wine with music

I know, it’s Sunday and this is an entry for Wine Blogging Wednesday. I obviously do not get the point of this exercise. Anyway, this wine blogging wednesday I decided to go along with the theme, hosted by Katie of Gonzo Gastronomy. The theme resonates a bit with some things that I’ve been saying...
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Home semi-sweet home

9 June 2009
By Tom Mansell
Home semi-sweet home

Six Mile Creek Semi-Sweet Riesling 2007 Appelation: Finger Lakes Varietal: Riesling ABV: “table wine” an email to the vineyard asking for details got no response. tsk, tsk. RS: ~5% Price Point: $13.50 Notes: Nose: Something spicy/cinnamony on the nose like Dentyne gum with some light floral aromas. Palate: Canned peaches, sort of like fruit...
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Megapost: Anthony Road Open Cellar Tasting

1 June 2009
By Tom Mansell
Megapost: Anthony Road Open Cellar Tasting

Two weeks ago I went on a wine tour of Cayuga Lake (west side) organized by the Cornell Glee Club and Chorus. It was intended to be a social trip, and even though I brought my trusty notebook, I considered myself off the clock. We even had freshmen to drive us around! However, right...
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TasteCamp East: Fined & Filtered

22 May 2009
By Tom Mansell

Note:  this is somewhat of a rant, and not really science-based, just an observation.  We will return to our regularly scheduled peer-reviewed science soon enough. I had an awesome time at TasteCamp East a few weekends ago, for which, I point out,  I missed a Pussycat Dolls concert at Cornell. The things I do...
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