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How To Make Your Own Wine

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Everyone’s been to a backyard barbeque or a birthday party when the host suddenly breaks out their “famous” homemade beer, complete with an amusing label and clever name, that makes you feel a twinge of jealousy inside. It’s fun, it’s creative, and sometimes it even tastes good. Who says you have to stand there with your store bought bottle of Pinot, watching the festivities? Learning how to make your own wine isn’t for the faint of heart, but with the help of many wine making kits becoming available online and with some wineries even offering a make your own wine experience, Uncle Hank’s Heavenly Hefeweizen doesn’t stand a chance.

While the idea of homemade wine seems like a daunting one, learning how to make your own wine has never been more simple than with one of the Starter Kits offered online by Northern Brewer. With three different kits ranging in price from $34.99 to $129.99 there are multiple options for your inner winemaker. The Master Vintner® Small Batch Wine Starter Kit (priced at $79.99) provides you with a glass jug fermentor, a hydrometer, corker and corks, and bottle-filler and tubing, to name a few of the supplies included. With the option to make Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, or Pinot Noir and instructions from industry expert Tim Vandergrift, learning how to make your own wine suddenly becomes a very doable task. If you're looking to get serious about homemade wine and want detailed step-by-step instructions, definitely check out this great article from Winemaker Magazine. While you wait for your creation to ferment and mature it is highly recommended to pour yourself a glass of previously purchased wine (for research purposes). 

For those still haunted by multiple science fair experiments gone awry, more and more wineries and facilities are offering a customized winemaking experience onsite. The Wine Foundry in Napa Valley offers a full range of services to customize your winemaking experience. With state of the art equipment and advisors on site to lend a hand in making your first batch of wine, this is a great place to start if you're serious about producing some high-quality wine. They also provide services to help you create custom wine labels and to market and sell your wine if you choose to do so. For those who want a more in-depth blending experience, Michael Mondavi Family Winery explains how to make your own wine in their Winemaker for a Day program, complete with tastings and an information packed blending session. For even more wineries that offer similar deals be sure to check out this article on 7x7.com.

From hosting your own tastings of your unique blends to creating something personalized to be given as a gift, learning how to make your own wine allows for countless possibilities. In an industry that is constantly expanding, be a part of the growth and add your own bottle to the mix - look on the bright side, at least no bits of bird or rodents will end up in your wine.

By Madison Rosinski

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