Frequently Asked Questions
Below are questions that are commonly asked. If your question
is not there please email us, or stop by. We are more than happy
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Why would I want
to make my own wine?
- Making your own wine is fun
and easy in a friendly atmosphere with
experienced people to help see you through the process. It
is very economical to make your own
wine. It is a unique way to celebrate special
events. In addition, by now you have heard
about the health benefits related to
moderate consumption of wine. Red wines in particular seem
heart healthy. What is also true is that wine from kits is
likely to be better for you than commercial varieties.
- What is a wine kit?
Wine kits contain all of the ingredients that you need to make a
6 gallon batch of wine. Most importantly, there is a bag of
sterile grape juice. The juice comes from the best vineyards
throughout the world. The acids, tannins and sweetness in the
kits are perfectly balanced with the grape juice to achieve the
best possible wine, and they are remarkably consistent in their
flavor from year to year. The other additives that are included
are yeast, bentonite (helps clear the wine and prevent the
protein haze), sulfites (help prevent oxidation and stabilize
the wine) and the clearing agent. There are four week kits,
six week kits, and high-end eight week kits. We carry kits from
Winexpert, RJ Spagnols, and Advintage.
the wine as good as store bought wine?
All of our wine juices and concentrates come from grapes picked
in the finest grape-growing regions of the world. They are
styled after European table wines to ferment more quickly and
age faster so you can enjoy them sooner. Many of the kits have
won awards at Winemaking Competitions. You will not find a
better product for personal winemaking.
- How many bottles
of wine will my batch make?
Each batch is formulated to make 30 standard bottles of wine
- How hard is it to make my own wine?
Making your own wine is extremely easy with us. It takes about
15 minutes to start your wine and we will explain each step of
the process to you. When your wine is ready, we’ll contact you
to come in and bottle your wine. With our automatic bottle
filler, floor corker and shrink top capsuler, you’ll be done in
about 30 minutes.
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- What kind of wine
can I make?
- We have a
large selection of red, white, and blush wines. We also
carry several lighter, sweeter wines similar to wine
coolers. Port, Sherry and Ice Wine kits are also available.
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- What does it cost
to make my own wine?
The cost of your wine made on premises will range in price from
$4.00 to $8.00 per bottle, depending on the kit you choose. The
cost is comprised of the on premise fee, the cost of the kit and
the cost of the bottles. The on premise fee of $55 includes
the use of the equipment, corks, labels and shrink tops for your
bottles. The cost of the kit ranges from $60 to $200. Bottles
can be purchased here by the case for $1.00- $1.50 per bottle or
provided by you. Custom labels are also available for an
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- How do the sulfite levels compare to commercial wines?
Sulfites are used primarily as a preservative in wine.
Commercial wines require a higher concentration of sulfites to
help the wine endure a commercial chain of distribution and for
ageing beyond several years. Our kits contain 1/5 to 1/3 the
sulfites of commercial wines. We have found that many people
who are sensitive to sulfites or get “wine headaches” can again
enjoy wine made from the kits.
- What kind of wine can I make?
- We have a large selection of red, white
and blush wines. We also carry several light, sweet fruit wines
similar to mist wines. Specialty wines such as Ice Wine, Port,
Sherry and Sparkling Wines are also available. Each fall we
receive notice of Selection’s Limited Edition and RJ Spagnols
Restricted Quantity kits that may be reserved in December for
release in January through April. They are always top quality,
premium kits for the delight of our discriminating wine
- How soon after I make my wine
can I drink it?
All wines should be left for at least 2 weeks after bottling.
Wine undergoes what is termed “bottle shock” immediately after
bottling and needs time to calm down. Some of the 4 week kits
(Vintner’s Reserve, World Vineyard, Island Mist, Niagara Mist and Orchard
Breezin’) are very drinkable after 1-2 months but will continue
to improve with time. 6 week kits (Selection, Selection International, Cru Select and Cellar
Classic) are fuller bodied and will benefit from 1-3 months for
the whites and a minimum of 4-6 months for the reds. The complex, full bodied high-end 8 week kits (Eclipse and Winery Series) benefit from a year or more of ageing.
- How must a wine be stored to age
Once you take your bottles home, you should let the bottles
remain upright for 3-5 days. This allows any carbon
dioxide remaining in the bottle to escape prior to the cork
sealing and your long-term storage. After the 3-5 days, lay the
bottles on their sides so the corks remain moist. Wine is best
kept in a cool, dark place: 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal.
Keeping a constant temperature is very important. The
temperature should not fluctuate more than 10 degrees per
week. The wine can be stored at a higher temperature, but it
may not age as well or keep for as long. If possible, the
humidity should be 65% to 75%. This will keep the corks from
drying out and leaking. Minimize movement as that disturbs the
- How should I store my empty
- It is best to thoroughly rinse out wine
bottles with hot water immediately after finishing the wine. Do not use soap
or detergent as this can leave a soap residue in the bottles and
taint the wine. It there is wine residue left in the bottle and
you need to soak the bottle, use a mild bleach solution and a
bottle brush to clean the bottle. We have cleaners and bottle brushes in stock. Store the bottles upside down
in the box and they will be ready to sanitize and refill with
your next batch of wine!
- Can I make a sweet wine?
The kits are perfectly balanced for the different varieties of
wine. However, if you prefer a sweeter wine, when you come in
to bottle your wine, we can add wine conditioner to achieve the
desired sweetness. There is a good selection of sweeter wines
available- Island Mist, Niagara Mist, Orchard Breezin’ and Ice
- Can I increase the dryness of a
can increase the dryness of a wine by adding more tannin to the
wine during the initial phase of winemaking.
- How do you get an oak flavor?
- Generally, darker, heavier red wines and
chardonnays have an oak flavor. In lieu of ageing the wine in
an oak barrel, many of the wine kits come with packets of oak
chips or oak powder which are added during the initial