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Happenings at 4.0 Cellars

4.0 Insider
 
October 21, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Wining and Dining Our Way Into Fall

If you read my posts, then you know that that I prefer some of our 4.0 events over others. Basically, if an event involves dogs and/or food, then I’m all in…because wine is already assumed. Though it lacks dogs, Wine & Dine remains one of my favorites.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
October 12, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Natural vs Cultured Yeasts

Winemakers today are talking about and using natural or indigenous yeasts for fermentation of their grapes, this topic seemed appropriate for a Carl’s Corner discussion. Making wine requires yeast, and there are two sources available to the winemaker, commercially developed cultured yeasts from various supply companies, and natural, wild, or native yeasts that cling to grape and equipment surfaces, or just fly through the air in and around the vineyard and winery.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
October 7, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids: Costumes, Candy, Traditions, and Wine!

Halloween was a big deal when I was growing up. Our street included several families with children, and each year, my family hosted our neighborhood Halloween party. About six families would gather in our garage to compare costumes, share snacks, and play games involving gross-feeling stuff like cold spaghetti and wet olives. And then, all the parents would send us kids out to hit up our other neighbors for candy (and let the “adult party” begin). There were LOTS of houses to hit up. Our Halloweens lasted late into the night, and always ended with a mega candy swap during which I got rid of anything containing coconut.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
September 30, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Corks versus Screwcaps – Does it Matter?

This update of a 2015 Carl’s Corner was prompted by a recent article by Dave Green in WineMaker Magazine, Virtual Edition, For nearly two centuries, cork has been the preferred closure for wine bottles. Cork is a natural product cut from the bark of a cork oak tree that is flexible and only a tiny bit porous. By properly shaping a cork to fit snugly inside the neck of a wine bottle, one can produce a very sturdy, long-lived stopper that is almost impervious to air intrusion. So, what is wrong with having cork closures for wine bottles, and why have screwcaps become more common and more popular?  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
September 23, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Caution! Fun Times Ahead!

I still use a paper planner. I’ve tried using the calendar tool on my laptop and an app on my phone, but being able to flip through the pages of my planner appeals to me. I’ve kept my planners over the years and enjoy looking back through them to find notes that I jotted in them and contact information for people I met along the way. My planners are my diaries, marking how I’ve spent my time and tracking my work days and social life.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
September 16, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Maceration in Winemaking

I recently enjoyed an article by Bob Peak posted in WineMaker Magazine, Virtual Edition (Sep-2020) entitled Maceration Tips and Techniques. Maceration is a term often tossed out when discussing the wine making process. It is critically important in producing red wines since most red grapes, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Tempranillo, have colorless pulp (the juicy inside part of the grape) and red-black skins. Maceration is the technical term for soaking grape skins in grape juice, a necessary step in order to extract color (plus flavors and tannins) from those dark skins into the juice from the pulp to ultimately make a red wine.  Continue »

Virtual Tastings
 
September 14, 2020 | Virtual Tastings

Virtual Club Wine Tasting - September Sweets!

Caroline and Bobbi taste and discuss the new sweet wines for September Club!  Continue »

Virtual Tastings
 
September 14, 2020 | Virtual Tastings

Virtual Club Wine Tasting - September White Wines

Dr. Carl and Chuck taste and discuss the new white wines for September Club!  Continue »

Virtual Tastings
 
September 13, 2020 | Virtual Tastings

Virtual Club Wine Tasting - September "The Reds"

Martin and Dave our GM taste and discuss the new red wines for September Club!  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
September 9, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Y’all Come Back Now, Ya Hear?

It’s been a long six months here at 4.0, and in that time, we’ve cleaned like our lives depend on it, engaged in “wine therapy coloring,” offered online specials, rearranged furniture in our main tasting room, started Facebook Live wine and food pairings, sold lots of to-go bottles both in our tasting room and in the parking lot, cleaned some more, held three slightly-different-than-normal-but-still-fun Club Sundays, reorganized the warehouse, completed a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle in one day, mulched many garden beds, reached out to some of our long-term club members, cleaned again, moved the furniture again, and waited on pins and needles for word from our governor and TABC. And this entire time, all we’ve really wanted to do is serve wine.  Continue »