Articles by: Robert Kearns

Crushing, Grapes, Home Winemaking, Pressing

Crush Time

Crush Time

You have to be flexible to make wine. This past Friday, I was just a guy on his way to a weekend getaway in Deep Creek, Maryland. On Sunday, I rushed home from said vacation to load more than 350 pounds of grapes into my car. A call came from Dr. Bob […]

by × October 13, 2014 × 2 comments

Home Winemaking

Raise Your Dessert Fork

Raise Your Dessert Fork

The residents of Baltimore just endured one of the coldest weeks in years. Temperatures rarely rose above freezing and wind chills were in the single digits. Unlike most of the city, we’ve been anxiously waiting for it to get cold. We needed temperatures to dip low enough for us progress to the next stage of white […]

by × February 4, 2013 × 4 comments

Home Winemaking

It’s a Watching and Waiting Game

It’s a Watching and Waiting Game

Winemaking is an erratic hobby. There is a lot of action at the beginning of the process: crushing, fermenting, pressing; and a lot of action at the end of the process: bottling, labeling, drinking (the best part). In the middle, however, not a lot happens. Since the wine has to […]

by × December 22, 2012 × 2 comments

Home Winemaking

An Appeal to Passion, Rationality, and Vertical Integration

An Appeal to Passion, Rationality, and Vertical Integration

To My Wife Caitlin, I’ve been reflecting on the tagline for our blog: wine and winemaking in the greatest city in America. We’ve covered so much of the winemaking process (crushing, pressing, and aging), and we have a lot more to talk about as we get closer to bottling next […]

by × November 20, 2012 × 0 comments

Home Winemaking

Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

Has it really been three weeks since I’ve posted anything? Yikes. No wonder I started getting threatening text messages and e-mails from Caitlin earlier this week. During the work day, of course. We really can’t escape one another in our hotel room. I got into an argument with a girlfriend […]

by × November 8, 2012 × 2 comments

Home Winemaking

Goals for Abeille 2012

Goals for Abeille 2012

In the words of the great Yogi Berra, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” I probably should have written my goals down before we started winemaking this year, but it has been busier than most and I haven’t had the opportunity to convert […]

by × October 18, 2012 × 4 comments

Home Winemaking

The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare

When we accidentally came into possession of 100 pounds of Vidal Blanc grapes several weeks ago, I knew making a white wine would be different from making a red. By accidentally, I of course mean that I placed a direct order for them with Dr. Bob. Don’t tell Caitlin. I […]

by × October 16, 2012 × 0 comments

Home Winemaking

Just Us…and 12 Trillion of our Closest Friends

Just Us…and 12 Trillion of our Closest Friends

According to my wine book, a single teaspoon of fermenting grape must can contain 400 million active yeast cells. That means we have about 12 trillion yeast cells in our 40 gallons of must. It’s a party over here, you guys, and everyone’s invited! On Friday evening, we had a lot […]

by × October 14, 2012 × 0 comments

Fermenting

The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees

Robert – October 11th, 2012 The Orioles are in the postseason! One of the few things that can compete with our love of wine is our love of baseball, and our hometown birds, the Orioles, in particular. Monday night was the 2nd game of the ALDS at Camden Yards, and […]

by × October 11, 2012 × 3 comments

Crushing

What’s in a Name? The Role of Bee Guts in Winemaking

What’s in a Name? The Role of Bee Guts in Winemaking

Robert – October 8th, 2012 It’s the name of our red wine and part of the title of this blog. Now I’m going to tell you how we arrived at the name Abeille. As I’ve mentioned, I didn’t know anything about winemaking the year I decided to begin this adventure. […]

by × October 8, 2012 × 2 comments

Prep Work

The Calm Before the Storm

The Calm Before the Storm

October 6th, 2012 – Robert It’s the evening before crush and there is a lot to do. We’re about to come into 300 pounds of volatile and unpredictable grape juice, much like a teenager with the car keys, and need to make sure we have everything ready. This morning, I […]

by × October 6, 2012 × 0 comments

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First Growth

First Growth

October 6th, 2012 – Robert It’s October – my favorite time of year. Fall is in the air, the O’s are in the post-season, and it’s finally time to begin another year of winemaking. I started making my own wine in 2010, with my wife, Caitlin, because I wanted to […]

by × October 6, 2012 × 1 comment