Monthly Archives: November 2019

Top Gifts for Wine Lovers!

Here are some of our top gift picks for the 2019 holiday season sure to bring cheer to all wine lover’s far and near!

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Insulated Wine Tumblers

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  • Keep your wine (or other drink of choice) at the perfect temperature with our new stainless steel insulated wine tumblers, with oh so relatable sayings on them!

  • Link to product: http://bit.ly/Wine-Tumblers

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition

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  • Whether you are a newbie in the wine world or a seasoned professional, you’ll benefit from having all the information you need at your finger tips with Wine Folly’s Magnum Edition.

  • Link to product: https://amzn.to/34Zd2nq

Corkcicle Air

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  • The perfect tool for keeping your white wines chilled without ending up with a messy, water filled bucket when you’re done.

  • Link to product: https://amzn.to/32K8IXm

Sipski Shower Wine Glass Holder

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  • Because bathtubs and showers still aren’t wine glass friendly (get with the times, bath manufactures) this little tool will keep your glass safe while you relax with your soap and suds.

  • Link to product: http://bit.ly/33Oe19K

Glass Wine Saver Carafe

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  • Surpassing the abilities of most wine savers these days, this cleverly designed carafe includes a special float that sits on the surface of the wine so it never makes contact with the air, keeping it fresh for much longer.

  • Link to product: http://bit.ly/2q0Eang

Stainless Steel Wine Chiller

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  • Thanks to double-walled, vacuum-insulated stainless steel that also eliminates drippy condensation, this keeps your wine at a perfectly cool temperature for hours. No trips to the fridge or cooler needed!

  • Link to product: http://bit.ly/2ObVj58

Red Wine Stain Remover

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  • A stain remover that works like magic on spills of your favorite vintage, as well as berries, beets and more. Works on colorfast, washable fabrics and is best on stains that haven’t set in yet.

  • Link to product: http://bit.ly/2CEoqZB


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We hope this helped check a few off your list! What are you hoping Santa brings you this year?

Questions? Still don’t know what to get your winemaker? Give us a call at 877-812-1137 or email sales@juicegrape.com to discuss the perfect gift for your winemaker.


Top Wine and Food Pairings for Thanksgiving

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We can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving!

This year, harvest season flew right past us. Now it’s time for everyone to wine down 😉 and enjoy great food and wine with our families during the holiday season. To make things simple and easy, we’re providing you with our favorite wine pairings for your thanksgiving meals to help you spend less time roaming the aisles of the liquor store and more time laughing and making memories with your families.

Sauvignon Blanc:

Goes perfect with appetizers like salads and veggie platters. The flavors of apple and melon would be a great starter wine, while being both refreshing and not overly heavy before your Thanksgiving meal.


Same goes for Riesling, depending on if it is more on the sweet or dry side. The fruity flavors will go well with the other fruit flavors like cranberry sauce, and the crispness will also go well with the salads and veggies platters.

Pinot Noir:

A wine that can pair with most of the Thanksgiving dishes being passed around, from turkey to sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. The smooth flavors of plum, cherries and berries accompany these dishes perfectly.


Another wine that can pair with most of the Thanksgiving dishes being served. It provides more of a sweet plum or berry jam flavor with the added bonus of some notes of pepper. This is great for the heavier dishes where the sweet and spicy will balance out the richness of a casserole or creamy mashed potatoes.

We hope everyone has a yummy and safe Thanksgiving!

Musto Wine Grape Company is here to help! We are New England’s largest supplier for home winemaking products and services. We can get you set up with all of your juice, grape and equipment needs and have you on track to making your own perfect pairing for next fall! Visit juicegrape.com or give us a call at (877) 812 – 1137 to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!

We tried Empathy’s Rosé Autumn Sangria recipe and it was too good not to share!

We tried Empathy’s Rosé Autumn Sangria recipe and it was too good not to share!

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While Empathy’s Rosé is a crowd pleaser pairing just by itself, there’s nothing wrong with spicing things up! We’ve included Empathy’s recipe for their Rosé Autumn Sangria, and we’ve included some tasty parings to go along with it.

Empathy’s Rosé Autumn Sangria

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Let’s start with what you’ll need for ingredients

  • 1 Red Apple
  • 1 Green Apple
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 2 Pomegranate
  • 3-4 Cinnamon Sticks for garnish
  • 2 Cups Apple Cider
  • 1 Bottle of Empathy Rose

How to Make It

  • Slice up all of the fruit, dicing the apples into sticks.
  • Pour all of the fruit into a pitcher
  • Add bottle of Empathy Rosé and Apple Cider
  • Stir and serve over ice. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and orange peel.

Musto Wine Grape’s Rosé Autumn Sangria Pairings

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  • Butternut Squash Soup. The cinnamon and apple cider will go especially well with this savory autumn soup, which often times has apples and cinnamon blended in. Try Musto Crush Crew’s Autumn Butternut Squash Soup!
  • Pear, Blue Cheese and Candied Pecan Salad. The crisp pear, the creamy and salty blue cheese, and the sweet nutty pecan flavors perfectly compliment this sangria recipe.
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Lemon and Pecorino. Brussels sprouts, like most brassica, can be a difficult food to pair with. Using this autumn sangria recipe, with all of its spicy and fresh fruit additions, is an excellent route to go.


Want to try this with your own Rosé? Musto Wine Grape Company is here to help! We are New England’s largest supplier for home winemaking products and services. We can get you set up with all of your juice, grape and equipment needs and have you on track to making your own perfect pairing for next fall! Visit juicegrape.com or give us a call at (877) 812 – 1137 to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!

Coquito Recipe

Who doesn’t love a delicious holiday cocktail? Over the years the Musto Crush Crew has helped Coquito makers find the perfect bottle to display their creation. Coquito is a Puerto Rican holiday drink. It is a delicious blend of sweetness, nutmeg, and a little zing of rum.  You and your guests won’t be disappointed when you try out this tasty holiday drink. For the month of November, in honor of Coquito season we are offering 10% off select wine bottles. Click HERE for more details. Below is our suggested recipe. We hope you enjoy it!


  • 2 – 14 ounce cans condensed milk

  • 2 – 14 ounce cans evaporated milk

  • 2 – 14 ounce cans coconut milk

  • 4 ounces pure vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

  • 14 ounces white Puerto Rican rum


  • Combine all ingredients into a blender and mix until well combined.

  • Transfer mixture into glass bottle (1 gallon-sized or 3 liter-sized) and refrigerate overnight.

  • Serve in a glass of your choice and top with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

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Once you create your delicious Coquito check out Musto’s wide selection of wine bottles. Coquito looks wonderful when gifted in a Frosted Bottle, Standard Clear, Standard Green, and more!

recipe via The Latin Kitchen

How to do paper chromatography

Paper chroma-whata??

Paper chromatography: the way that home winemakers (and some commercial winemakers) check to see if their wines have completed malolactic fermentation or if they are still in the process of it. This is the time of year that winemakers are staying up on at what point their wine is at in the process of malolactic fermentation, because it will dictate when they can add potassium metabisulfite for the first time to their finished wine.

Why is it important?

Some wines should go through MLF for stylistic and stability reasons, whereas others should not.

How do I do it?

You’ll need to get a paper chromatography kit. This includes 3 acid standards (malic, lactic, tartaric), the solvent solution, chromatography paper, capillary tubes, and a plastic jar.

How accurate is it?

That’s the thing – it’s more qualitative than quantitative. Maybe it will show that there is still malic acid present, but that doesn’t mean it tells you how much is present, how long it’s been at this point, or if it’s even still decreasing anymore. It is qualitative in the sense that it shows: yes, acid X is present, or no, acid X is not present. If you’re searching for a more exact number or reference point you can send your samples in to a lab – if you’re looking to get an overall picture of whether or not your wine has any malic acid or lactic acid present, then using paper chromatography is the way to go.

What does this stuff look like?

The yellow circle indicates the presence of certain acids

How do I do it?

  1. Collect your wine samples
  2. Draw a line 1-2 inches from the bottom of the paper using a pencil (pen will not work)
  3. Mark with an X or dot where you will place the samples.
  4. Use capillary tubes (one for each sample – don’t mix them up) to draw up a very small sample of the the standards (malic, lactic, and tartaric) and then the wine samples and drop a very small amount of the liquid onto the paper. You will notice it will spread out once it hits the paper so be sure not to drop too much liquid. Less is more here.
  5. Let the dots dry and repeat 3 times. This will make it easier to read down the road.
  6. Roll the paper up and staple either side without the paper overlapping onto itself.
  7. Pour a small amount of paper chromatography solvent solution into the bottom of the plastic jar. Be careful to not inhale this. Place the stapled paper, sample side touching the solution, into the jar. Screw the lid on and let sit for ~8 hours, or enough time for the solvent to reach from the bottom to the top of the paper.
  8. Take the paper out (carefully) and let it air dry until the entire sheet turns blue and yellow dots are clearly visible.
  9. Match up where you see specific acid dots with the wine samples and you can detect if malic and/or lactic acid is present in each sample.

Capillary tubes are used as the method of dabbing wine samples onto the sheet of paper.

Helpful hints

You will likely need to run this test at least a couple of times to see the decline in MLB and confirm its completion

Be sure not to add any potassium metabisulfite to your wine until MLF has completely finished!

Use space heaters or a warm room for wines undergoing MLF to help speed the process along

Collect your test samples