You know the deal; the more some folks learn about a topic, the more shortcuts/slang/acronyms/initials/technical jargon can be tossed around. I’m here to help you understand those sometimes mysterious words and phrases, thus - Wine Words Demystified! Harvest is pretty much done here in Northern California! This will be the last of my harvest focused Wine Words Demystified posts
This week’s word is Racking..
According to Karen MacNeil‘s The Wine Bible:
A method of clarifying a wine that has SETTLED by siphoning or pumping off solids and particulate matter, such as yeast cells and bits of grape skins, and pouring it into a different clean barrel. Racking also aerates a wine.
A racking hose or tubing is used to remove the wine from one vessel to another. The racking process is repeated several times during the aging of wine.
Here’s a video of that shows the racking process - How To Make Wine-Step 2-Racking.
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