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Nov 26, 2012 06:15 PM

Anna William Wine Making - Is it any good?

A friend and I thought it might be fun to make some wine together. What could go wrong with that? Based on location alone, we were thinking of this place. Has anyone else had any experience there? Being a novice, what questions do you think I should ask them?

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  1. Never been, but looking at their website I'm seeing rows of 30L fermentors. So I would assume they are using kits. So the quality of the product should turn out about the same as anywhere else that uses kits.
    The most important thing to ask about is the juice volume of the kit. You're going to want 20L+ for anything even remotely similar to a commercial quality wine. Anything less than that and you're getting into juice that is highly concentrated, which is what causes the dreaded "kit taste".

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    1. re: graydyn

      Thanks so much. I don't know what it is and I don't want to find out what "kit taste" is.

    2. I made a batch (approx 30 bottles) of wine at Anna William recently and picked it up in October. It was excellent, inexpensive, and William is a great guy too. Not only was he super friendly and very informative about wine generally and also the wine-making process, but he also supplied a few extra bottles for free (I brought my own, but was short). Outstanding customer service! I highly recommend Anna William Wine Making.

      1. We picked up our latest batch of wine from William last week and I can't tell you how happy we are. Seriously, I'm not related to the guy, but this shiraz he made for us is awesome. We've used a few other big name wine makers in Toronto before but this is definitely the most delicious "homemade in the store" wine we've ever tasted.

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        1. re: alexisonchow

          Which other places did you try? Have you used Fermentations on Danforth Ave? The results you will get there are probably the best you will find.

        2. The wine is great and William is an awesome dude! HE makes the experience of bottling your own wine a fin one.