Looks like the same topic was being reviewed over on the Happy and Random Thoughts thread.
Anyway ... from that thread ...
i've only just started again to buy bottled wine -- in 2002 i made my first wine, 1/2 barrel (120 bottles) of a syrah/zin/carignan blend which i aged for two years in french oak... and was absolutely amazed at how it turned out. i really expected it to be thin & vinegary, but it was so aromatic & luscious.
last week i finished the very last bottle. very sad thing. but i got so much pleasure drinking it. and now i'm back to hitting the wine shelves...
well, nothing to be too impressed about, really... was just what i could afford at the time: 1/2 a barrel. i actually made an entire barrel of wine, about 250 bottles' worth, but i only bought the 1/2.
Where did you get the grapes, how did you make it, and how did you get interested in making your own?
the grapes came from lido, california -- i ordered them through the winery where i did everything. they handle all the details, i just had to show up and do the fun stuff.
there was quite literally about a ton of grapes to uncrate and then dump into a kind of huge grinding machine, which pours everything (skins included, of course) into a gigantic tub. into that goes a small cocktail of various activating agents to get the initial fermentation going.
about 10 days later i went back to put everything through a hydraulic press before pumping it into the barrel. that part was very cool... the new wine is so deliciously soda-poppy, and it pours out of the press like a waterfall, so you can scoop your cup under it and drink... til the headache ensues. LOL
anyway, initially i was going to bottle it after one year in the barrel, but i decided to make a reserve wine and i'm so glad i did. the extra year on oak made it amazingly luscious! in the interim, i designed my wine label, and when the time was right i schedule a time to bottle the wine, which was a blast!
as i've alluded to elsewhere, i've been in the restaurant business for most of my life, on & off, and so being knowledgeable of wine has been part of my job. and i always wanted to get more into the production side of it. my fave wines are cote du rhones, so i set out to make something with that style. and really, honestly... i just fortuitously struck gold.
If I was do have done what you describe, I'm not sure I would have skipped drinking other types, too, and saved some bottles to see what the wine would have tasted liked further out, too.
i know... that's certainly how i viewed it as well. and i'd buy stuff now & then. but the wine was so amazing... it just gave me so much pleasure... until the pleasure ran out. LOL
the last restaurant i worked at is on the caliber of the french laundry & le bernardin, and i was very cozy with the sommelier. i was curious what he'd think of the wine, so i brought a bottle in one night and we decanted it and i shared it with him and a few guests. he was blown away... it must've been that the greek gods of my heritage added some mystical blessing to the batch, because it's certainly not any kind of expertise on my part that's the credit.
i miss that wine...
that's my whine for the week...
Wow! I've never met anyone who made their own wine. Beer yes (this is WI after all). That sounds like such a neat experience!
I remember when I was in Sicily during a couple of summers in high school the church ladies would make a lot of their own wine. I never witnessed the wine making, but I did taste it at the table. Sometimes they would store it in the fridge in empty coke bottles--which was really confusing one time when I was expecting it to be coke... LOL
instantly reminded me of my first job working on a standardbred horse farm during the breeding season... bottles of certain substances were stored in the kitchen fridge next our coffee creamer. won't go into further detail, but one had to be verrrrrrrry sure one was grabbing the right bottle! :shock:
hey guys, here's a good wine i've enjoyed drinking as some decent everyday plonk... someone introduced me to it a couple years ago and it's been a nice dependable wine. cost: 16 bucks including tax. not bad
I recently had a 2004 Crucero Carmenere made in the Colchagua Valley in Chile by a vinter named Alberto Siegel. It was deep red in color, having an earthy scent with prune and violets, while tasting like plum and dark berries that sort of swirled, yet with a smooth almost velvety feel and a very good sense of balance as it moved across the tongue. There were also hints of pepper, chocolate, and coffee in the background. Doesn't seem to be the kind of wine that will age and last for many years to come, but it is very drinkable currently. Enjoyed this with Mexican food, crackers, cheese, and chocolate for desert.
Feel free to post regarding wines you've tried and liked or disliked, how they have tasted, what you have enjoyed with them, things that have intriqued you, questions, or whatever you find is important about wine.