I just opened a bottle of my last batch, a barolo, so I figured Id do a review for newbies like me or those looking to jump into this sport.
A few months back I took the plunge and made 3 batches. One 6 gallon barolo, a 1.5 gallon white out of welches white niagra concentrate and another 1.5 white peach.
Believe it or not the Welch's has gotten rave reviews and I was very suprised at how well it turned out. I took two bottles to my brother in law, who fancies himself as a wine snob, and he loved it. He was a bit embarassed when I told him how I made it. We gave another bottle to friends who really liked it as well. Personally, I really like it and will be making a few more larger batches in the next few weeks. For the money its a very nice summer drinking wine on hot days...nothing too fancy but very passable.
The white peach, another juice concentrate experiment, got good reviews by my wife but I didnt care for it personally. It had a good nose but lacked flavor and was a bit acidic. I will probably not make another batch of this.
Just now I popped a small bottle of barolo which has only been closed for 3 months. It is very smooth and delicious. The sweetness is mostly gone and is a very well balanced wine. This is one that I will definately make more of as soon as I get back to the brew shop. Im finding it a little thin and lacking in oak flavor but I think it may be due to the kit only being a 4 week. Next time I will buy a better kit or perhaps add more oak.
All in all I am completley thrilled with my first three attempts. After making beer for years, with passable results, I feel that I can produce product that I am proud to both consume and proudly share with family and friends.
For all of you who are thinking about trying wine making I say Do not even hesitate, you will love the results and there is nothing to fear.
Thanks to everyone here who answered all my questions and now with the new batches there may be several more.