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Snooth User: shsim

Winemaking anyone?

Posted by shsim, Feb 29, 2012.

Hello Snoothers!

Recently I came upon Crushpad ( and was wondering who in Snooth actually went ahead and started making wine at home or at a place like Crushpad (Sonoma) or Curds n Wine (San Diego)? Perhaps if one have the time, interest and resources to do it, it will be rewarding. Does anyone have any experience in home winemaking and recommends it?


Reply by JonDerry, Feb 29, 2012.

Would like to do it, was thinking of celebrating a birthday there.


Reply by shsim, Feb 29, 2012.

You mean at Crushpad? It sounds mighty fun and it is some serious winemaking! If I ever have the money and have enough experience, I would try it out!

I just wonder how home winemaking is like... I guess it will be a good way to start.. to understand what goes on in the process and monitor it closely (except for the grapes part)... and eventually you go to a place like crushpad!

Reply by EMark, Mar 1, 2012.

Shsim, I think, really don't know, that home winemaking has come a long way in the last few decades.  I was once gifted a kit for a birthday (this was probably in the early 70s).  I have to say that my creation was crap.  (Actually, I think my creation aspired to be crap and still fell short of that.)  On the other hand, I had a colleague in Kentucky who started buying home winemaking equipment and juices in, I believe, local retail outlets about 10 years ago, and I have to say that her wines were drinkable and refreshing, if not great.

Since my early experience, I have had no interest in making my own wine.  At your prompt, however, I did check out the Crushpad site, and I have to agree that it looks pretty neat.  If I were to do it, and that is a big if, it would be as a learning experience.

Reply by shsim, Mar 1, 2012.

Thanks for your reply EMark. Its good to know what other people have done and their success... Yea sounds like ill try it at some point! It will definitely be a learning eperience on how wine is made and it will help one appreciate the work put into making good wines.. Haha I am assuming that is how I will feel when I make my first batch of crappy wine.

Yea, Crushpad looks pretty decent! And perhaps the investment is less if we can set up a group to share a batch of good wine and all take part in the winemaking process. That would be exciting!

Reply by rbandcp, Mar 1, 2012.

Would like to know if anyone has ever tried Bardolino from Italy ? I would like to know if it

available again somewhere.

Thanks Rbandcp

Reply by rbandcp, Mar 1, 2012.

Just a word of advice to new wine makers use

distilled water it turnes out the best.

Reply by shsim, Mar 1, 2012.

@ rbandcp:  Sounds like you have experience with winemaking! What kind of grapes have you tried? How did they turn out? Are there tips you would suggest?

Reply by mk570, Mar 7, 2012.

my fiance and i started with grapes growing in my grandmother's yard. made an absolutely horrendous batch of sour red wine. we then went with a kit a d did quite well. we have done a few batches with fresh juice that have turned out wonderful.we are now working on a vineyard and hope to someday have a small winery. it is fun,rewarding, and yummy! 

Reply by shsim, Mar 7, 2012.

Thanks you mk570 for sharing your experience! That is something I strive to do. I want to grow grapes and see where I can go with it! Although it will be more of a hobby (an intensive one!). Where do you grow?

Reply by Pyrifera, Apr 23, 2012.

If you're still interested, Shsim, I would recommend two books that are very helpful.  The Way to Make Wine: How to Craft Superb Table Wines at Home, by Sheridan Warrick; and From Vines to Wines: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine.  

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