Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: Turning Grape Juice to Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: Turning Grape Juice to Wine

At the end of 2014 I made my first batch of wine. 27 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon. It wasn't perfect; but the feeling of success made the first sip I had of it one of the best wines I've ever had... That feeling didn't last. It quickly went from the best wine, to an average table wine. What happened?

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Orange Bitters

Orange Bitters

Bitters are the salt and pepper of the cocktail world. They add that final touch of flavor to a cocktail that creates the perfect balance. Every one uses the staples like Angostura, Peychaud's and Orange, but it is not that hard to make your own with a high proof neutral spirit, a blend of herbs, spices, bittering agents, and some other flavors. 

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Into a Barrel

Into a Barrel

Here is my first attempts at barrel aging my own whiskey. Aging your own whiskey is so cool, but in almost everything I have read, starting with the white dog whiskey just makes oaky white dog whiskey that's now brown. Now don't take me wrong, I think it's awesome I got to make my own whiskey, but while it's awesome, it's really kinda crap whiskey.

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