Before you can barrel taste your wine, however, the winery will “rack” your wine. The racking process involves carefully removing the liquid portion of the wine from the barrel and placing it in another barrel that has been thoroughly cleaned. This separates the liquid from the sediment that has settled on the bottom of the barrel. The barrel containing the wine’s sediment is then power washed out using a high-pressure hot water power-washer, so it can be re-used at a later time. In its new barrel, the liquid is then left to mature for another five months before it can be considered perfectly aged.
Tasting your wine after it is racked, at the start of its second term of aging, allows you to see where your flavors are heading and helps you learn more about the winemaking process. And, of course, it’s a great excuse for tasting your wine!
Now That Your Barrel Has Been Racked, Come Taste Test Your Creation
At wineUdesign, you are constantly being guided by our expert in-house winemakers. So, during your taste test, they will help you understand what is happening and what to expect in terms of your wine’s development over the next five months.
While your wine will no doubt taste delicious when barrel tasting it, if not a bit tart, its flavor profile will be nothing like the final product. You won’t believe how much deeper and richer your flavors will become as your wine continues to age. This is the miracle of winemaking and it’s something you can’t truly appreciate until you experience it with your very own vintage.
During your wine barrel tasting, you can play host and invite friends and family to attend, so they can also sample your creation. You can make it a personalized event of sorts, one that you can be extremely proud of because after all, you are responsible for the delicious liquid being poured into everyone’s glass fresh from your private barrel.
Ready to experience the excitement and delight of barrel tasting your own wine? Enroll in wineUdesign’s winemaking program and learn how to create wine from start to finish. After ten months, you will have 240 bottles of your very own signature vintage, bearing your own personalized logo. Call us today at 516-939-WINE (9463) or contact us to learn more about our upcoming classes.