We used to make wine with dad as kids. It was a fun time. Driving into Seattle, picking up the grapes off the box cars. Crushing them with our hand crank crusher in the basement. Watching dad take care of the wine.
Dad wasn’t scientific. He made wine the way his family had made wine for generations. He didn’t use sulfites. He didn’t inoculate with yeast. He allowed the naturally occurring yeast on the grapes to ferment the wine.
Today, I am making wine via a fusion of new world and old world wine making techniques. I use sulfite to kill the naturally occurring yeast on the grapes. Then I inoculate with genetically engineered yeast strains to ferment the wine.
I also make many winemaking decisions based on what feels right. Just as our family has been doing for generations.