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Happenings at 4.0 Cellars

Carl Hudson
 
April 24, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Aging Wine on the Lees

Recently the question was asked of me, “What are lees, and why do winemakers age wine on the lees?” First of all, lees are essentially dead yeast cells that have already done their job of fermenting sugar in grape juice into alcohol in wine. Once the fermentation process is completed, these dead yeast cells, let’s call them lees from this point on, begin to settle to the bottom of tank or barrel, allowing cloudy wine to become clear over time. Discussed below are several options that the winemaker now has regarding handling lees, and some technical descriptions of what lees actually do for and to a wine.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
April 17, 2019 | 4.0 Insider

Springtime in Texas: Wildflowers and Wine

I feel sorry for anyone who hasn’t experienced the beauty of spring in the Texas Hill Country. Yes, the pollen is annoying (as are the allergies that come with it), and some days it’s hard to know how to dress (by my count, we just had our “fourth winter” of the year). But on the good days, it’s hard to beat our gentle breezes, warm sunshine, and of course, our flowers.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
April 10, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Pink Wines – Hot in Texas (Update 2019)

Warm weather is the time to enjoy pink wines, and Texas is now producing some of the best available. These pink wines can be dry, off-dry (slightly sweet) or medium-dry (even sweeter) to provide great warm-weather enjoyment for picnics, deck-sitting or lazing about the pool area. And, don’t forget, they can take the place of white wines and many lighter reds at the mealtime table.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
April 3, 2019 | 4.0 Insider

4.0 Celebrates Dogs

We love having dogs at 4.0. Our hostesses keep a jar of dog treats at their stand, and we know many of our club members’ dogs by name. On a typical spring Saturday, it’s not unusual to find staff members starting the day with a friendly bet: How many dogs will we see today? 12? 15? 20? Usually, the biggest number wins.  Continue »

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