DD Ranch Wines:
We are amateur wine makers at this time; honing our skills (and drinking
our home work.) Our friends are enjoying our tastings and getting wine as gifts! We are also in charge of wine for family
All that aside; we are
getting good at the wine game. Over the years we bought a small commercial crusher, an antique Hocking Valley fruit press
circa 1860's, a pump that runs off of an air compressor (it shuts off when you close the valve - one of our best buys)
and a bottle filler that was on ebay. We have also aquired a series of either carboys, plastic tanks of various sizes. So
we have all the "necessary" pieces of a winery.
We are small. Our philosophy is that wine should be fun. We want to do as little to the wine as necessary.
We use sulfite to kill exsisting yeast, then add the yeast of "choice" based on the wine being produced; however
no sulfite later. We try to force the wine to clear by letting it get really cold and make the sedimate fall naturally - we
do not filter our wine. We feel it strips too much flavor. We reuse / rewash & sanitize our bottles. When we bottle, our
little sessions usually end up about 15 cases. And we are very greatfull for friends that enjoy bottling!
If you live around here and would like to "help crush, press or
bottle" wine, let us know. We always like help! And we have a good time.
Wine Maker Magazine:
We are Excited to
Announce that we are Featured in the April May 2008 issue of Wine Maker Magazine! The story is a full page article inside
the back cover. This magazine is for mostly home wine makers. It is distributed Nationwide and in Canada. Look for a copy
We hope to have a link to the article soon. Please stop check
HERE'S THE LINK: hppt://winemakermag.com/deparatments/794.html