Wine Consulting Services

We offer custom consulting services in alcoholic beverage testing and in wine making.

Consulting in Winemaking
Need a little bit of help with your winemaking technique? Is this your first season making wine and you aren’t sure where to start? Do you want help and guidance perfecting your wines? After several requests, Vinmetrica is now offering Wine Consulting Services for our customers. With over 30 years of combined experience making wine, chances are we can help you. Since we own a commercial winery as well (Little Oaks Winery – www.littleoakswinery.com, now in its 8th year!), we have a wealth of experience to draw on.

Our team:

Rachel Speck: Rachel has a BS in biology from UCSD and 8 years of winemaking experience at multiple wineries in the Southern California area. She has her WSET Level II certification and is currently the senior winemaker at our own Little Oaks Winery here at the Vinmetrica plant.

J. Richard Sportsman: Rich has a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and 25 years’ experience with winemaking as an amateur and professional.

We can help you fine tune your processes, answer questions about problem wines, and provide general guidance about all aspects of winemaking. This can be accomplished by phone calls, visits to your winemaking facilities (San Diego County only) and/or by sending in samples of your wines for us to test in our state of the art laboratory.

We can advise on all aspects of winemaking including:

  • Pre-harvest activities and testing
  • Adjusting musts pre-ferment
  • Yeast selection and inoculation
  • Malolactic fermentation
  • Sulfite levels and proper oxygen control
  • Improving your wine’s “nose”, complexity and mouthfeel
  • Carrying out blending and tasting trials
  • Successful stabilization and ageing before and after bottling

Contact us for more information about we can help with our consulting services!

Wine testing:
We are experts in chemical and microbiologic testing of wine, beer, mead, cider or other beverages. We can advise you in creating a test panel for your samples to guide your efforts to achieve your objectives in fermentation. In addition to the tests offered on our Laboratory Services page, we have the ability to run a wide range of tests in our state of the art laboratory. In general we require significant numbers of samples to justify running these as a service. But please inquire if you are interested in the tests that are listed below; we will work with you to create a plan. 760.494.0597 x 102 or info@vinmetrica.com

  1. Volatile Acidity
  2. Lactic Acid
  3. Acetaldehyde
  4. Wine Color
  5. Acetic Acid
  6. Anthocyanins and Total Phenolics
  7. Brix
  8. Dissolved CO2
  9. Citric Acid
  10. Dissolved Oxygen
  11. Ethyl Acetate
  12. Methanol
  13. Sorbic Acid
  14. Gluconic Acid
  15. Glucuronic Acid
  16. Specific Gravity
  17. Organic Acid Panel
  18. Tartaric Acid Identification
  19. Heat Stability (with or without Bentonite Fining)
  20. Calcium Analysis (ug/g)
  21. Glucan Analysis