Bryan's Wine Making Logs


This page last updated 12 April 2014

What Is All This Stuff?

September 2006

Many years ago I decided I needed to preserve my wine making logs in a format other than my notebook. The notebook was (and still is) a small looseleaf notebook about 3"x6". Since 1985 I had recorded my recipes and notes in this book, both for wine and for beer. In 1990 I typed most of my notes into Microsoft Word documents on a Macintosh.

In the succeeding years the files moved with me from computer to computer, following me through my professional career, even if I didn't ever look at the files. [I was surprised to note that the modification date of most of the files was 1990!]

Some months ago I decided I wanted them on my web site. This is sort of a joke -- the wine & beer making and Visual Basic sections of my site have been mostly in limbo since I started the site in July 1999. I had grand plans to publish all types of material, but never got around to it. Oh, I did publish some of the more recent wine making efforts, and finally completed my white paper on sweetening wine (that took me nearly 6 years to finish the last few formulas!) but I just haven't been into it.

Until recently! I decided to get off my bippy and do it! This page represents the results of a few hours of digging through my files, pulling together a list the various types of wine I've made. I have:

From this I've pulled together a list and published it here, with all the logs to follow. While I can't say that anyone other than me will find any value in this, it does something for me so it's worth doing ...

Some notes on the logs in this section:

Comments in the Final Notes sections for various wine logs will have a date or Afterthoughts as the left column title. Dates indicate the date the text was actually written, typically for more recent wines. Afterthoughts indicates the text was written MUCH later, probably now (September 2006). You may wonder how I could remember anything after 20 years, but it's amazing how things popped out of the recesses of my memory when I started this project.

Also:

Note: The logs of wines I made in my early years demonstrate an excessive amount of racking. Later I learned that wines should be touched as seldom as possible. Every contact opens up the possibility of contamination that will destroy the wine. In later years, except when there was a special need, I typically racked wines 3 times and 3 times only.

This is clearly a case of do as I say, not what I did! :-)

December 2007

I found my wine and beer making notebook, along with some worksheets! At some point I boxed up some "stuff" and this got put in with the stuff. Good thing I decided to clean the attic!

In the book are most of my original records from the 1980's, along with notes from more recent wines. I made a merlot kit in the spring of 1999 ... having no memory of doing so until I found the record. Any pages whose footer indicates an update date of 31 December 2007 were updated from my notebook -- including 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2002.


The Wines I Have Made

The following table lists most of the wines I've made from my first batch to rhubarb wine in 1981, up to the present. I do intend to update this list as I add new wines to my collection ... we'll see how diligent I am when the time comes ...

This shows that I started out with fruit wines, dabbled in wines from commercially produced juices and wine-making concentrates, moved on to fresh grape wines, and eventually into commercial wine kits. I hope to get back into fresh grape wines, but need to find a source ...

Note: The wines in this list are in alphabatical order by year. Clickable links navigate to the winemaking log for the wine clicked; in each year's wine log the wines are in chronological order.


Year

Wine

Gallons

Notes

1981

Rhubarb

3

NR

1982

Strawberry

3

NR

1983

Rhubarb

3

NR

1984

Blackberry

Dried Elderberry

3

1

NR

C

1985

Blackberry

CranRaspberry

Peach

Rhubarb

Welches Grape Juice

6

1

1

5

5

NR

C

 

 

C

1986

Apple

Chancellor

Cherry

Elderberry

Elderflower

Peach

Welches Grape Juice

5

6

5

5

1

3

5

 

NR

NR, C

 

C

 

C

1987

Baco Noir

Elderberry

Pear

Seyval

Welches Raspberry

6

6

1

7

6

 

 

 

 

C

1988

Carmine

Chardonnay-Seyval

Foch

Leon Millot

Mead

Scuppernong

Ravat (batch 1)

Ravat (batch 2)

Vidal

8

11

6

6

3

1

6

8

5

NR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1989

Red Blend

Strawberry

Vidal

White Blend

11

5

6

9

 

NR

 

 

1990

no record of wines made this year; I made 15-20 gallons of wine but cannot locate any notes

 

 

1991-1995

no wine made during this period

 

 

1996

Muscadine

Vieux Chateau-du-Roi

5

5

 

K

1997

Canned Cabernet

Carmine (batch #1)

Carmine (batch #2)

Carmine (batch #1 second run)

Carmine (batch #2 second run)

White Bordeaux

5

10

5

5

3

5

C

 

 

 

 

K

1998

Mead

5

 

1999

Merlot

White Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon (2nd run off White's skins)

5

5

5

K

 

 

2000-2001

no wine made during this period

 

 

2002

Sangiovese-Cabernet-Merlot

5

K

2003

Black Cherry Pinot Noir

Peach Chardonnay

5

5

K

K

2004-2005

no wine made during this period

 

 

2006

Chenin Blanc

Nebbiolo

Pinot Noir

Sauvignon Blanc (Fume Blanc)

5

5

5

5

K

K

K

K

2007

Port

Cream Sherry

3

3

K

K

2008

Blueberry Pinot Noir

Zinfandel

Gewurztraminer

5

5

5

K

K

K

2009

Barolo

5

K

2010

no wine made this year

 

 

2011

Chardonnay-Semillon

Pinotage

Green Apple/Rieslling

Pomegranate/Zinfandel

Vieux Chateau du Roi

Australian Chardonnay

5

5

5

5

5

5

K

K

K

K

K

K

2012

Orange Chocolate Port

3

K

2013

Apple

Apple, second run

5

3

 

 

2014

Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

Gewurztraminer

Tempranillo

Pinotage

Petit Verdot

5

5

5

5

5

K

K

K

K

K

Notes


Wines by Type

Following is the list of wines I've made, sorted by Type and Year. I was wondering how many times I made wine from certain fruits and grapes -- this answer the question. Not sure if anyone else will find interest in this, but *I* do! :-)

I've made wine from a LOT of different fruits!

Fruit Wines

Fruit

Year Made

Apple

1986

2013

2013, second run

Blackberry

1984

1985

Cherry

1986 (C)

Elderberry

1984 (D)

1986

1987

Peach

1985

1986

Pear

1987

Rhubarb

1981

1983

1985

Strawberry

1982

1989

Grape Wines

Grape Variety

Year Made

Baco Noir

1987

Cabernet Sauvignon

1999 (White Cabernet)

1999 (2nd run off White's skins)

Carmine

1988

1989 (Red Blend)

1997 (batch #1)

1997 (batch #2)

1997 (batch #1 second run)

1997 (batch #2 second run)

Cayuga

1989 (White Blend)

Chancellor

1986

1989 (Red Blend)

Chardonnay

1988 (Chardonnay-Seyval)

Foch

1988

1989 (Red Blend)

Leon Millot

1988

1989 (Red Blend)

Muscadine

1996

Ravat 51 (Vignoles)

1988 (batch #1)

1988 (batch #2)

1989 (White Blend)

Scuppernong

1988

Seyval

1987

1988 (Chardonnay-Seyval)

1989 (White Blend)

Vidal

1988

1989

Kit Wines

Grape Variety

Year Made

Barolo

2009

Bordeaux, White

1997

Cabernet Sauvignon

1997 (C)

2002 (Sangiovese-Cabernet-Merlot)

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot)

Chardonnay

2003 (Peach/Chardonnay)

2011 (Chardonnay-Semillon)

2011 (Australian Chardonnay)

Chenin Blanc

2006

Gewurztraminer

2008

2014

Merlot

1999

2002 (Sangiovese-Cabernet-Merlot)

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot)

Nebbiolo

2006

Petit Verdot

2014

Pinot Noir

2003 (Black Cherry/Pinot Noir)

2006

2008 (Blueberry/Pinot Noir)

Pinotage

2011

2014

Port

2007

2012

Riesling

2011 (Green Apple/Riesling

Sangiovese

2002 (Sangiovese-Cabernet-Merlot)

Sauvignon Blanc

2006 (Fume Blanc)

Semillon

2011 (Chardonnay-Semillon)

Sherry

2007 (Cream Sherry)

Tempranillo

2014

Vieux Chateau-du-Roi (Rhone Blend)

1996

2011

Zinfandel

2008

2011 (Pomegranate/Zinfandel)

"Other" Wines

"Fruit"

Year Made

CranRaspberry

1985

Elderflower

1986 (D)

Mead

1988

1998

Welchs Concentrates

1985

1986

1987

Notes

If you happen to notice that some of the grape varieties and/or years in the Grape Wine list don't quite match the list of all the wines I've made, you're right! Some wines listed in this last table were part of blends, but I listed them separately here.