Upbeat’s Spring Guide#1

Juicy Tales

by Jo Diaz

Sonoma County, CA. ~ Winemaker Patrick Mel- ley of Russian Hill Estate Winery just answered this ques - tion of Mal o - lactic Fer - men - tation. And for wine begin- ners

(or intermediates, like me), this doesn’t get any bet- ter. As one of our clients, I get to edit for the winery on occasion. This was one of those times, but only on the technical business writing side for this one. Not for winemaking. In the past on this blog,

I’ve discussed Malolactic fermentation, but only as it relates to white wines. For your benefit, I’ve reduced Malolactic fermentation, but only as it applies to white wine. (I’ve never had to explain ML regarding red wines, because I’ve al- ways known it’s just done; no pomp and circumstance necessary... just done.) So, White Wine and

Malolactic Fermentation, According to Jo: It’s as easy as A + B = C Acid + Bacteria = Cream (Malic Acid + Bacteria = laCtic Acid), the same acid in cream and milk. If you didn’t know, now you’ve got it.

But, this doesn’t apply to

red wine in the same think- ing, I’ve just learned... not the same way as it does for white wine. So, what


What is Malolactic Fermentation? ...continued from page 32

is it about with red wines? Patrick explained to me that it’s different for red wines, because we can’t say they have a “Creamy” texture. They are, how- ever, softened. Patrick’s explanation. PATRICK MELLEY ~ On Malolactic in Red Wines It seems that many people are unsure what it is; al- though, it’s often referred to when discussing wine. It’s commonly referred to as either “ML” or “Malo.” While most people know about primary fermenta-

tion, where yeast converts grape sugar into alcohol with the byproducts of heat and CO2 production, most

UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • March 2020 • Pg 23 JOKES & Humor # 6

don’t yet understand the role of Malolactic fermen- tation.

My husband, an avid golf player couldn’t help challenging my boastful son to a game of golf. He was in for quite a surprise when on the first swing my son got a hole in one. “OK” my quick-thinking husband said while subtlety wink- ing at me “now, I will take my practice shot, and then we will start.”



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