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Mar 9, 2008 07:16 PM

Wine recipe

I recently started home brewing and also grow grapes during the summer months. Does any one have a “from scratch” wine recipe they would like to share?


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  1. That is going to be a difficult request. Sorry. First of all, we don't know what kind of vitis vinifera (wine and table? old world?) you are growing let alone how many tons (pounds) you will be using.

    1. For wine, all you do is add yeast and sit back. I'm not sure what you mean by "recipe." Could you elaborate?

      Vitis vinifera or Vitis labrusca? Fresh grapes or concentrate? (Do you actually grow enough grapes during the summer months?) White or Red? etc., etc., etc. . . .

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      1. re: zin1953

        Hey Zin, and we mustn't forget - -
        besides adding the yeast, don't forget to add the sulfites! heh.
        (I know. I am evil. I couldn't help myself.)

      2. I must be the only home wine maker on this board.

        Bill, you should find a copy of From Vines to Wines by Jeff Cox. It covers the basics from planting a small vineyard to making red and white wine. To get a little deeper into it, try the University of California Extension in Davis, CA. They offer lots of help through wonderful publications, weekend classes, and more. If you can ever attend a weekend class make sure you go to the Davis bookstore. They have hundreds of books on every aspect of grape growing and wine making. You can go as far as you want with it. I have neighbors who started out as home winemakers, really got into it, and now have their own wineries or work as winemakers at wineries. Try searching the web. There's lots of info on home wine making out there.

        Hopefully, you are located in an area like California, Washington or Oregon where you can grow quality vinifera grapes. If not, well maybe just make beer.

        Good luck with it. Making wine is not as difficult as many people think it is. You can, if you start with top quality Vinifera grapes make some wonderful wines. My wife and I planted our 1/2 acre vineyard in 1998. I grow mostly Zinfandel, a little Cabernet and a few Petite Sirah vines for blending into the Zin. I'm thinking about adding some Syrah and Grenache since it grows so well here in Paso Robles.

        Have fun. It's a great hobby! We have a "waiting list" of people who want to come help pick grapes and and stay for the harvest party.

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        1. re: pasoguy

          It's a totally different experience -- and result -- when making wine from home-grown grapes, as opposed to using concentrate . . . or even ordering x number of pounds through a home winemaking supply store.

          Even the first option can be dubious, unless one knows what they're doing (and UC Davis short courses are a GREAT suggestion!), but the results can also be exceptional! OTOH, I've never had anything made from concentrate that I would voluntarily drink . . . and the words "anyone have a wine recite they'd like to share" -- quite honestly -- makes me think the OP does *not* have access to vinifera grapes gorwn in Paso, let alone Napa, Sonoma, the Santa Cruz Mountains, or Walla Wala . . . .


          1. re: pasoguy

   you aren't the only one who has made wine at home. It's not something I do all the time, but on occasion when I have grapes come my way - - In fact, for lunch today we just finished my last bottle of Cabernet from 2000. But exactly like Jason said, and in short, it's kind of tough to give a "recipe" when the person asking the question left it kind of vague. We didn't know if he was using what color of grape he was using - red or white? And that alone could make a huge difference on what yeast strain.