Making Wine

November 10, 2013
At the end of the summer, I met up with two of my friends at Grape and Granary in Akron, Ohio so that we could make some batches of wine together.  We had been wanting to do this for years and finally cleared our schedules and set up an appointment.  My friend Ga Yeon and I found out about Grape and Granary when we attended Vintage Ohio a few years back.  Vintage Ohio is the coolest thing ever if you like wine...A TON of different wineries from all over Ohio come to Kirtland, Ohio and set up booths that offer plenty of wines that best represent their particular winery.  The year I went, we paid a flat fee and got an unlimited number of samples, although I heard that there have recently been some limitations placed on this.  Anyway, Ga Yeon and I were drawn to Grape and Granary's booth because they had jalapeno flavored wine to try and we had both never even knew there was such a thing.  It was peppery, spicy, and different than anything I had ever tried before.  We waited in line again at Grape and Granary's booth to sample some peach Chardonnay, which had been transformed into a type of peach sangria.  Both Ga Yeon and I agreed that it hit the spot and was perfect on a hot summer's day.   Based on how much we enjoyed the wine from Grape and Granary at Vintage Ohio, we decided to venture out and check out the winery itself one day.  Impressed with its variety of wine and friendly atmosphere, we decided that sometime in the future we would return so that we could make our own wine there.  First, we sampled wines and had to decide on the ones that we all liked.  It was hard to choose, but we went with a batch of white and a batch of red wine.  For our white wine, we chose the Peach Chardonnay we were so fond of.  The red wine we picked is an Italian style wine called Super Tuscan, and it is a much drier wine than the sweet white that we chose.

Making wine is fairly simple and the folks at Grape and Granary walked us through each step.  They provided us with a wine kit, and we mixed up the concentrated grapes with water and then added yeast.  For our Super Tuscan wine, we also added ripassa, which is a bunch of grape skins mixed with seeds and even a few stems.  Adding ripassa (also called ripasso) is supposed to increase the intensity of the wine's color and the overall body of the wine.  We also added in some oak shavings to our red wine to enhance the flavor.





Ripassa



Oak shavings
I'm not an expert in wine or anything like that, but this made for a fun outing with my friends!  The wine takes about 4-6 weeks to ferment, and we are supposed to go in and bottle it tomorrow.  If you bring your own bottles to the winery, you don't have to pay for their bottles, so that is what we are going to do.  We will also be able to design our own label and name our wine.  One batch of wine yields about 28 bottles, so that means I'll be leaving tomorrow with 18 or 19 bottles of wine since we made two batches.  Not only will my wine rack be full again, but I will have some bottles to give away as gifts for the upcoming holidays.  The amount we spent on the Peach Chardonnay averages to about $4.65 a bottle, which is a lot cheaper than if we just bought them at the winery.  The bottles of Super Tuscan are about $8.21 a bottle, which is very reasonable.

I would definitely consider doing this again.  In fact, we are already talking about what kinds we might want to make next time.

What are your thoughts on making your own wine?
12 comments on "Making Wine"
  1. This sounds like an incredibly fun outing. My husband would definitely love to try something like this.

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    1. It really was fun...especially all of the tasting we got to do!

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  2. Wow, what a cool experience! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://awriterinlove.blogspot.com

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    1. You're welcome. :) I hope to find some time to write about our bottling experience this week.

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  3. This sounds like so much fun! Also, jalapeno wine?! I've never heard of such madness, but it sounds like it could be pretty good...

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    1. They also have Chipotle!! I love it, but in moderation...More than one glass in a row is just overkill of a good thing.

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  4. I know nothing about wine but this sounds like a wonderful thing to do with friends! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Now that I've been going to wineries for awhile, I know a little about wine, but I love learning more!

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  5. That sounded and looked like a lot of fun!

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

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    1. I can't wait to post about what we named our wine and show the labels we designed!

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  6. My thoughts on making wine are that its way to much work! No thank you. But drinking wine is wonderful! I loved this post, can I include it on my Wine Press Link up? It's where I share a photo and link to other peoples posts about wine.

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    1. Go right ahead and use this post. :) It didn't feel like work because the majority of the time was spent tasting in order to figure out what we wanted to make. The bottling process was more time consuming, but we were socializing and drinking wine the whole time, so it was like fun work.

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