Since my last post about getting started with my wine making 'bucket list' endeavor, I have bottled 30 bottles of sparking apple cider, 29 bottles of Nebbiolo wine, 22 bottles of Merlot, 12 bottles of Cabernet Sauvingnon/Merlot blend and 18 bottles of Cabernet Sauvingnon.
I just sampled, for the first time, the sparkling cider that I had completed about two week ago. It was, I'd have to say, cold and delicious! It will be perfect for fall gift giving. The 'hard' apple cider was from a kit - I was skeptical at first, however, now I am a fan. The cider takes much less time to create than the wine does. Although I bottled almost 60 bottles of red wine, its drinkability will be best in time (more than a year), where as the cider was ready to drink in about 2 months.
Here is a photo of the bottled sparkling cider. Yes, complete with my custom label and fancy foil. See, I told you, it's great for gift giving!
I currently have peach wine (from fresh summer peaches) in the carboy (large Italian glass jar made for wine making), which will be ready to bottle in a couple of weeks. Peach wine will be ready to drink young - meaning, it will be ready to drink almost immediately after bottling.
Later today I will be embarking on a new wine endeavor as I will be picking up fresh grapes and juice that I had ordered from California. These items just arrived in Kansas City this morning. My order includes Zinfandel grapes and juice, and Sauvingnon Blanc juice.
If any of you are interested in wine making, I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have - I'm still a novice, however, I do intend on keeping a steady stream of wine production in my basement and will learn more and more as I go.