hand with a needle that breaks a soap bubble
October 27, 2016 | By RJS Craft Winemaking

Degassing: Removing Those Pesky Bubbles!

Have you ever wondered where the unwanted bubbles in your craft wine came from or how to get rid of them? Experienced craft winemakers may already know the various tricks for reducing bubbles to unperceivable levels in craft wine. For those who are new to craft winemaking, in this week’s Craft & Cork I will teach you everything you need to know.. Read More
Wooden cask near clay wall in cellar
October 13, 2016 | By RJS Craft Winemaking

How to use a wine barrel

Are you a Craft Winemaker who is looking to take your winemaking to the next level? Enhance your wine kit by using an oak barrel instead of other oak alternatives.  To help you out, this week’s Craft & Cork will take you through what you need to know about preparing your new oak barrel, maintaining it, and then getting the most out of it with .. Read More
September 29, 2016 | By RJS Craft Winemaking

Vanilla and Fig – A divinely inspired flavour combination

Certain flavours, when combined together, complement each other perfectly. Chocolate and cherries. Apples and cinnamon. Honey and almonds.  A less well known, but extraordinarily delicious flavour combination is vanilla and figs.  Figs bring ripe fruit and honey flavours to the blend, whereas vanilla contributes sweet and spicy floral notes.  This.. Read More
St Marys Wines
September 15, 2016 | By RJS Craft Winemaking

RJS Academy Feature: St. Marys Wines

What is it that you look for when visiting one of our loyal RJS Craft Winemaking Academy Stores? Is it the friendly service, the knowledgeable owners, the large selection of wine styles, or maybe even just a clean and comfortable environment? While everyone might have a different answer to this question, none will deny that RJS Academy Stores are at .. Read More
Summer wine snack set. Glass of rose, meat, cheese, olives, honey, bread sticks, nuts, capers and berries with white ceramic board in center, blue wooden background, top view
September 1, 2016 | By RJS Craft Winemaking

The best of both worlds

Pinot Noir is a grape varietal that has risen to great prominence on the international wine stage in recent years, and is now treasured by winemakers and wine lovers across the world. In its native France, it is actually an ancient variety, which has been cultivated since the 4th century AD.  French winemakers still use it to make the prized reds of.. Read More