I have wanted to make my own wine for years.
Living in the desert and not having a basement makes it difficult. Plus there is the added issue of having to invest in all the equipment and potentially messing up a batch (or few) of wine.
In comes Grape Expectations- this company facilitates making your own batches of wine.
Together with a few other people from Dr J's office we gathered over two Sunday afternoons to make our own wine.
|First we waited for the call that our grapes were ready and delivered. |
We are making a Merlot and Chardonnay-
The grapes are all hand-picked and from northern California.
|The grapes were small with a bitter taste-|
It takes about 750 lbs of grapes to make one barrel of wine.
|Crate by crate they were dumped into this machine which de-seeded and de-stemmed the grapes|
|Watch your fingers! This is the crushing process.|
|Check out those stems|
|This is my youngest watching the grapes flow into the bin|
|Then comes the science lesson- there is a four part process of adding yeast and other ingredients|
I didn't write these down which is a pity.
|Mr. KJ gave the instructions and two very eager volunteers assisted|
|The ingredients were whisked and added to our bin of grapes|
|Mesh baskets are used to separate the juice from the pulp and a vacuum is used to siphon up the liquid|
|Once we get as much juice as we can out the pulp is placed into this presser|
|All the remaining juice is siphoned out and added to the barrel|
|Here is my youngest pumping|
|And here it will sit until May when it will be filtered into stainless steel containers and eventually bottles to take home.|
The whole process was so much fun- they have party areas where various groups gathered and everyone brings food and drinks wine.
The wine will be stirred and barrel tasting is encouraged.
Once a year Grape Expectations hosts the Bacchus Awards and you get to taste other peoples wines and enter to win the gold-
I look forward to tasting our wine next summer- We are now in the creative process of talking about our label design.
I'm thinking: Lady Of The Arts?!
What would you name your personal wine?