October 29, 2015 | By RJS Craft Winemaking

Popular white wines for the holidays

Being ready for the Christmas holidays requires organizational super powers.  With gifts to wrap, cookies to bake, decorations to put up and so much food to prepare, it’s a struggle to get everything done in time for Christmas.  For craft winemakers, holiday preparations start as early as July.  While others are still frolicking at the beach, yo.. Read More
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October 15, 2015 | By RJS Craft Winemaking

Is it okay to hack your wine kit?

For most people, the word 'hack' either calls up the act of chopping wood, or a terrible golf swing. The modern definition, borrowed from people who like to fiddle about with computers, is the practice of modifying the features of a system, in order to accomplish a goal outside the creator's original purpose. After making a few wine kits, many win.. Read More
Vineyard in Stellenbosch, South Africa
October 1, 2015 | By RJS Craft Winemaking

Wine Tour Series: Stellenbosch, South Africa

If you are as passionate about travelling as you are about making wine, Stellenbosch should be on your travel bucket list. This hilly town in South Africa, established in 1679, has been producing wine for hundreds of years, and gained its reputation as a premier wine destination with the inception of the renowned Stellenbosch Wine Routes. In fact, th.. Read More
Rachel Kvas at RJS Craft Winemaking HQ
September 17, 2015 | By RJS Craft Winemaking

Single is not for everyone

Winemakers know that crafting a wine destined to achieve a near perfect score requires both skill and a touch of finesse. And one particularly important skill is the art of blending, or as it is called in the world of wine: assemblage. In pursuit of making the best of the best, winemakers around the world are constantly innovating by blending grape v.. Read More
Illustration of butler holding corkscrew
September 3, 2015 | By Sean Griffin

What are all these wine words? Do I need to know them?

Drinking wine is easy; talking about wine can be more difficult. Unfortunately, wine culture is often perceived as a bit snobby, due in part to the expansive array of fancy verbose terms and elaborate descriptors that comes with it. Take oenophile for example—which is simply another word for wine lover. Really? Would you ever refer to yourself this.. Read More