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Three reasons to make wine
My wife and I are winemakers. We do it for fun, not profit. It is a hobby. So, why do we do it? We share our reasons in this article.
Making wine is easy
You can make wine from almost any fruit. The fruit must contain sugar. It must contain acid. Some folks make country wine. Country wine comes from fruits other than grapes. Country wines are sweeter than most grape wines. Since we like dry wine, we make ours from grapes.
You do not need to own a vineyard. Suitable grapes are available from a number of sources. Some vineyards will sell their excess grapes. Other vineyards press the grapes and freeze the juice. They sell this frozen juice through several distribution channels.
An easy way to make wine is from a “wine ingredient kit.” These kits come with everything you need to make a small batch of wine – usually thirty 750 ml bottles. They range in price from $70 to $200. You will also need some winemaking equipment. You can purchase a starter equipment kit for around $100. The equipment is a one-time expense. You will need a new ingredient kit every time you make a new batch of wine. Both the ingredient kit and the winemaking equipment are available at specialty retail stores in most cities. Follow the instructions and 4 to 8 weeks later, you have wine. Cheers!
Wine making is fun
A hobby should be a source of enjoyment. For us, that means it needs to be entertaining and recreational. Can you imagine sticking with a hobby that you found drab and boring?
Wine is a made from living organisms. It very entertaining to watch the various stages of wine development as it moves from just juice to a fine wine.
Winemaking is a great way to put your every-day worries aside for a while. When you are making wine, the focus is on what is happening now. That makes it recreational.
You can make wine in the solitude of your home – alone. On the other hand, you can make wine with your favorite person. My wife and I enjoy doing things together. Consequently, we make wine together.
We made it ourselves
Whenever we serve our homemade wine to guests, we know it is a wine we like. After all, would you serve a dish you had not already tasted? We serve our wine with confidence. There is a special feeling from that experience: pride.
Imagine your guests telling you that the food is delicious and the wine is great. Then capture the feeling of being able to say, “We made it ourselves.”