Ahhh…. The time has finally arrived to taste the magical elixir you have been pouring your heart and soul into. You draw some wine from the carboy and drain it into a glass. You carefully swirl the wine in the glass to release the bouquet, anticipating the magical aromas and flavors to come. You tilt the glass and inhale the beautiful aroma… cough, cough, what the!?!? You jerk back from the glass frantically trying to get the awful smell out of your nose. Not quite what you expected. Unfortunately, it has happened to all of us at some point.
Here are some common problems experienced in winemaking and a few suggestions on how to correct or better yet, prevent them. No matter how easy the cure sounds, remember an ounce of cure is worth a pound of prevention. So rather than counting on the cures to help you out, it’s always best to prevent the problems to begin with.