Wine of the Month, Peach Wine

Peach wine is a juicy, sweet selection is perfect for sipping during the summer months. Even better, since the peaches are at their peak this time of year, right now is a great time to make this wine. Read on to find out the many health benefits of peach wine, along with our exclusive recipe and wine pairing tips.

Why should I make peach wine?

Rich in vitamin A, potassium, vitamin c, thiamine, niacin, calcium, and a large amount of antioxidants, peach wine will surely do the body some good. This delicious drink can help cleanse your kidney, strengthen your immune system, and lower chances of obesity. In addition, peach wine has been known to decrease the risk of cataract and macular degeneration diseases, lower cholesterol, and repair cells and tissues.

How often do you hear about wine being associated with weight loss and energy? Interestingly enough, the abundant water content in peach wine helps hydrate the body, which in turn cuts down on fat. It also aids in the treatment of chronic fatigue disorders. Can we get an Rx for peach wine please?

13bs of Peaches
10 lbs. of Sugar
1 tbsp. of Yeast Energizer
1 tsp. of Pectic Enzyme
2 ½ tbsp. of Acid Blend
1 tsp. Wine Tannin
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When you’re looking for your peaches, opt for ripened peaches (less ripe peaches contain too much pectin!). While you’re making your recipe, make sure you wash the peaches thoroughly and remove the stems and leaves. Cut out any bruises to help avoid the growth of bacteria, and don’t forget to store it away from sunlight. It is recommended that you age peach wine for about six months.

Where and how can I find peaches?

If you’re heading to your local grocery store or market to stock up on peaches, now is the perfect time. There will be an abundance of ripe, juicy peaches in the produce section from the end of June to early September. Remember to stock up, because you’ll need 13 pounds!

If you’d rather go the natural route and pick them from a tree yourself, you’ll find the best peach trees in the central and southern portions of the United States. Peach trees grow especially well in USDA zones 6 and 7, but have the ability to grow in zones 5-8. If you’re anywhere near South Carolina and Georgia, take advantage.

What foods does peach wine pair best with?

Due to the fact that peach wine is closer to a dessert wine than a dry wine, it pairs very well with spicy and smoked dishes. Start off with some smoked cheeses, then for your main dish, opt for chicken or beef topped with green chile sauce or spicy salsa. Stir-fries and crab cakes also complement the sweet flavor of peach wine quite well.

No matter what you choose to bite in between sips of peach wine, this light-bodied, crisp beverage is the perfect addition to any meal.

Are you a first time wine maker? We have great starter kits, perfect for making your first batch of peach wine. Find our starter kits along with other helpful tips for wine making here.

Our Favorite Wine Memes from Around the Web

Whether your newsfeed is flooded with them on Wine Wednesday or you’re constantly tagging your friends in them on Instagram, wine memes are everywhere. Since we love wine so much, we’ve selected our top ten favorite wine memes for your enjoyment!































































Our Favorite 5 Home Wine Cellars from Around the Web

What’s equally as fun as making your own wine? Finding creative ways to store and display it! Home wine cellars can be designed so many different ways, whether you have a corner of your basement or a whole room to dedicate to your delicious vino. We searched the net for the coolest wine cellars and have listed our top 5 favorites.


This traditional home cellar is simple, elegant, and practical. If you’re producing mass amounts of wine, this is a great way to structure your cellar. The sturdy wooden shelves safely hold and organize your bottles, while the center island is great for tastings and preparation. We also love how this cellar incorporates the wine and beer crates into the design to bring everything together.

Crisp Architects Photo by Crisp ArchitectsDiscover traditional wine cellar design inspiration



If your style is more contemporary, take note of the wine cellar in this Austin home. The designer beautifully created a main floor cellar underneath the stairs. Talk about a great use of space! The clear glass and sleek, clean lines makes this a sensible and modern solution for wine storage.

Cueva De Oro Photo by Shiflet Group Architects

Man Cave-style

Those who prefer to have a cellar that doubles as a man cave can find one our favorites in Sydney, Australia. The use of dark wood, leather chairs, big books, and array of glasses make this rustic room the ultimate man cave/wine cellar combination. The alternating shelve heights make it easy to display bottles upright or lay them down horizontally.

Wine Cellar Photo by Smyth and SmythMore Mediterranean wine cellar photos


Ideal for “Wine Wednesday” or a girl’s night, this LA wine cellar screams posh. The two vibrant wall panels emphasize the wine selection and frame the space very effectively, allowing room for a cooler and shelving unit to display glassware. Instead of having a dining room-style table, opt for comfortable chairs and a small coffee table in the middle to create a more livable space.

Hidden Hills, CA Photo by Smith Firestone AssociatesLook for contemporary wine cellar pictures


Now this is a one-of-a-kind wine cellar. Highlighted by the colorful LED lights, the wine bottles at this Nashville home follow the arches of the gothic-style structures (don’t worry the LED lighting won’t harm the wine!). The designer also employed a variety of hole sizes to accommodate different bottle types. The addition of innovative seating, a dark tile floor, and supplementary wooden shelves make this one of the most over the top wine cellars we’ve ever seen.

Pool House & Wine Cellar Photo by Beckwith InteriorsBrowse contemporary wine cellar photos

The most important thing to keep in mind is to design a wine cellar that works best for you, whether you want to go all out or keep it simple. We want to know, which wine cellar is your favorite?

You Should Be Making Your Own Wine

Recently, many studies have indicated wine drinkers experience health benefits such as, lower mortality rate, reduced risk of heart attack, reduced risk of chronic disease such as Type 2 Diabetes, and slower brain decline. But, did you know making wine has benefits as well? Let’s explore some ways that making wine is beneficial to your overall wellbeing: Continue reading

What to Know Before Entering Your First Homebrew Competition

As a result of homebrewing gaining popularity across the country, homebrewing competitions are cropping up more often. These contests are a great way to meet other local homebrewers, develop bonds and perhaps, most importantly, sample some high-quality beers. When an experienced homebrewer invests in the high quality ingredients for a homebrew, the results can surpass anything you’ll find in a grocery store.

Although the sense of community is one of the greatest draws of a homebrewing competition, everyone is there for the same reason: to have their beer sampled and judged by professionals, as well as by fellow brewers. Everyone wants to do his or her best, but a homebrewer’s first foray into competitive homebrewing can be intimidating, and there are some traps that you’re likely to fall into if you aren’t properly prepared.

Fortunately, you can improve your initial performance at a homebrewing contest by embracing a few tips and tricks.

Make entries based on the end result, not the intention.

Not every homebrew turns out according to plan. Some might be pleasant surprises while others fall short of your mark. While you might appreciate the craftsmanship and artistry employed in a specific homebrew, it’s irrelevant if that work doesn’t come through in the finished product. Ultimately, you want to choose the beer that will perform best in a blind taste test among judges who know nothing about how the beer was produced.

You should also be mindful of the flexibility in how you enter a beer. If you attempted to make an IPA but failed to reach the desired original gravity during production, you could always enter the beer as a pale ale – since it won’t have those distinctive IPA characteristics, it might score better as a result.

Respect the qualities of your beer’s category.

You might be attracted to the idea of making a stout that defies the characteristics of a traditional stout, but that’s likely to not go over well at a homebrew competition. When judges sample flights, they’re not only looking for good beer; they also want brews that embody the characteristics of their category. Rather than defy these qualities, make sure they’re present in your homebrew and then use additional flavors, aromas and techniques to make the beer stand out.

Start out small and work your way up.

A big competition may be tempting, but smaller homebrew contests might be a better place to start. Many smaller homebrew competitions are better about providing comments attached to scores. These insights can help guide your future brewing and ultimately make you a better craftsman.

Of course, if you’re eager to test your brew on the biggest stage, there’s the National Homebrew Competition, which takes place annually in April. You could also submit your brew to the Great American Brew Festival Pro-Am — this competition requires that each entry be based on past award-winning homebrew recipes. Otherwise, check with your local clubs and breweries to learn more about options in your area.

You might not experience overnight success at your first homebrew competition, but you’re sure to gain valuable experience while meeting other passionate practitioners. Once you’re comfortable with the homebrewing process, find a contest and put you and your brews in the spotlight.

The Ultimate Wine Pairing Guide

Not sure what wine to serve at your next dinner party? Check out our brand new wine pairing infographic for help selecting the right wine for the right meal. Throughout the month of July we will be featuring various recipes and suggested wine pairings for each food category, so keep checking back!

Ultimate Wine Pairing Guide by EC Kraus

A History of Home Brewing: Colonial Crafting

Though it has enjoyed a recent run of popularity, the hobby of home brewing has quite a pedigree – one that stretches back over three centuries in America.

New Beer for a New World

Home brewing was once a matter of survival – when the Pilgrims arrived in the 1620s, they built the nation’s first brewery to start setting up their new home. The process of brewing killed the pathogens and bacteria that lurked in regular drinking water, making a safe liquid for the intrepid new-worlders to use for slaking their thirst.

One Nation, Drinking Beer

Home brewing became such an everyday occurrence in colonial times that several of America’s first presidents indulged in their own brews – most notably Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Like tending fields or keeping the pantry stocked, brewing was simply another chore to be done around the house – albeit a delicious one.

Banned Brews

The Prohibition Act of 1919 didn’t simply put an end to bars and public establishments serving up suds, it also dropped the hammer on home brewing efforts. Beer, wine, and other liquors were no longer allowed to be created in the home until 1933, when the 21st Amendment made at least some home-brewed products legal once more. To every beer enthusiast’s sadness, however, a clerical error left off that pair of very important words – “and beer.” This meant that home beer brewers would have to wait until President Carter set things right in 1978 through the passage of H.R. 1377.

Brewing Up the Future

Today, home brewers enjoy unprecedented access to specialty equipment, such as the bottles and kits offered on the web by home brew supplier E.C. Kraus. By using these tools, any beer enthusiast can now create their very own ales, stouts, and lagers in the privacy of their own backyard or basement. Everyone, that is, except for Alabamians – Alabama is the last state in the United States that still considers brewing beer at home an illegal activity. While this is unfortunate for residents of the southern state, the rest of the nation is busily crafting their own beer while simultaneously honoring the efforts of their pilgrim predecessors.

Tips and Tricks to Home Brewing in the Summer

No home brewer wants to take summers off, but the high heats brought on by this season create some challenges. When homebrew temperatures increase beyond their ideal zones, it can ruin a batch of beer. Summer then becomes a serious threat to your brew if you’re unable to regulate the temperature in your storage area, such as an unfinished basement.

Despite this complication, there’s no reason to hold off on home brewing when the summer heat strikes. Take advantage of the following tips and tricks to preserve the quality of your homebrew throughout the warm season.

Lower wort temperatures quickly

Chilling wort in short order is key to the quality of the finished product. An immersion wort chiller is less effective in the summer because the water running into the lines is warmer than what you get in the winter — summer water is usually above 60 degrees. One easy tip for cooling wort is to freeze plastic jugs of water and to then set them into a water bath that half submerges the fermenter. This water bath works well in conjunction with an immersion wort chiller.

Choose brews ideal for warmer temperatures

Every beer has its ideal fermenting temperature. In the summer, it’s easiest to simply choose beer types that are best in warm weather. According to, Belgian Saisons usually start the fermenting process at 75 degrees, and some home brewers have successfully allowed fermentation temperatures to increase to 90 degrees. A beer that accommodates a warmer fermentation temperature will be much easier to manage as outdoor temperatures increase.

Use fans and cool wraps to keep down temperature

One simple trick is to place cool towels over the carboy, and/or to keep a fan blowing onto the container at all times. This will help reduce heat during fermentation. The use of a fan can drop fermenting temperatures by as much as 10 degrees. You’ll want to keep an eye on water levels, though, because this method of cooling can cause some evaporation.

Buy or build a temperature-controlled container

It’s not the preferred method of temperature regulation because it can get costly, but if other cooling methods fail, it’s about your only option.

Keep a close eye on fermenting temperatures at the start of this process and be prepared to make adjustments. It may take a little trial and error, but you should be able to find ways to overcome the challenge of summer’s heat wave.

Why is Sugar Necessary in My Home Brew Process?

Quick – name something intriguing and sweet that also produces beer and liquor. No, not your favorite bartender – it’s sugar. This complex ingredient is not only a vital component in the creation of home brew products, it’s also a large part of the taste profile that gives various liquids their drinkable personalities. While some sugars are simply added during the initial brewing process, others contribute simply by existing in ingredients such as fruits for wines. Sugar isn’t simply a one-note contributor, either; while the overall level of sugar used in a home brew needs to be monitored, blends of different types of sugars can produce a full-bodied and delicious spirit.

Feeding The Yeast

For something so small, yeast packs a big punch. This one-celled organism is responsible for the fermentation, otherwise known as breaking down sugars to turn them into alcohol, process of home brewing. According to popular how-to site HowStuffWorks, “yeasts obtain food from fructose, glucose, and other monosaccharaides (simple sugars), which are found in most fruits.” This means that without the addition of some sort of sugar in sufficient quantities during the brewing process, you’ll end up with an old bottle of yeast-filled grape juice instead of a smooth wine. Feeding yeast sugar also produces carbonation, a necessary component to satisfying home-brewed beers.

Adjusting To Your Taste

When it comes to sugar, these sweet powerhouses aren’t just workhorses. Beyond the fermentation process, sugar also makes a finished spirit palatable, helping to balance stronger flavors like hops or slightly bitter flavors like herbal additives. Sugar can also be a final flourish during bottling, as well. A recent article from the San Antonio Current follows home brewer Jerry Lockey as he adds extra sugar prior to siphoning his latest project into bottles. In the article, Lockey explains to the Current that this last dash of sugar helps further ferment the new beer as it ages.

Sugar comes in several different varieties for home brewing projects, such as corn sugar and light and dark candied sugar for brewing various types of ales. Stumped for what sugars will work best with your brew? With a full range of articles, advice, and helpful customer service agents, the E.C. Kraus website has all the “sweet” knowledge you’ll need to bottle a sensational spirit. Once you find the right sugars for your project, ferment something fantastic and you’ll discover just how impressive a single home brewing ingredient can be.