We just bottled our own wine at Wine Works (great name) and not only was it easy and a lot of fun, we are super impressed by the results. Our own mycollingwood.ca labels added the finishing touch and we have been having a lot of fun giving the bottles of wine to friends.
Now, let me back up a bit by telling you that my partner Dan is much more of a wine snob than me…I’ll pretty much drink
anything, but I certainly have an appreciation for a good bottle of wine. Our expectations were exceeded by far, especially Dan’s and we are really quite amazed at the unsolicited positive feedback we have been getting from our friends that we have gifted bottles of wine to.
So how do you move from being a skeptic to making your own wine? It’s easy. Just do it. Proprietor John Scheben-Edey offers you a hearty welcome to the world of you-vint winemaking and is there to guide you step by step.
The first thing you need to do is select the wine you want from their list. Think of it just like a menu. John is there every step of the way and has the answers to all of the questions you could possibly ask. For example, you might want to make a Merlot. How long will you let it age? Is there a budget? Do you have a preference for French, Chilean, Washington State, or perhaps you have no preference.
You will need to mix the ingredients into a clean container that is provided. After everything is mixed and the appropriate fluid level is achieved, you spread the yeast over the grape juice. That's all you need to do to get things started.
Wine Works will pamper the juice until it becomes wine in 4 or 6 weeks. The wine is filtered to make sure that it is crystal clear and then John calls you in to bottle the wine.
Bottling takes about 30 minutes and then you affix the labels and finish the bottle with a shrink top selecting the colour that matches the label.
So after all of this I ask myself these tough questions. Would I gift this wine with pride? Yes. Is it economical? Absolutely. Would I serve this wine to my dinner guests? You bet I would. Would we do it again? We’re already there and another batch is on the way. We made a Malbec first time around and now we’re trying out the Zinfandel.
To learn more about making your own wine visit John’s website or pop in for a visit and John will be pleased to explain it all in person.