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sdelli

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Well...... Another hobby that got out of hand and now taking to the next level. With my cellar approaching 1400 bottles and wine season just around the corner. I figured it was time to find a way to start making it go away or my hobby would have to stop. So, I am getting my small wine makers license and have purchased a small commercial house in a quant downtown city. The basement is being converted to a wine cellar. The upstairs is going to look like a wine cafe. Starbucks style. Wine tasting, Free internet, Wine parties, Wine classes, Crush parties. Rent the cellar out for small parties.
Still renovating.... Hopefully done in a couple months.
The name.... “The Wine House”
 
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Best of luck, sdelli! Hope your new endeavor really takes off. (For the record, I would have been willing to stop by and help you keep your 1400 bottle inventory under control! :) )
 

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Well...... Another hobby that got out of hand and now taking to the next level. With my cellar approaching 1400 bottles and wine season just around the corner. I figured it was time to find a way to start making it go away or my hobby would have to stop. So, I am getting my small wine makers license and have purchased a small commercial house in a quant downtown city. The basement is being converted to a wine cellar. The upstairs is going to look like a wine cafe. Starbucks style. Wine tasting, Free internet, Wine parties, Wine classes, Crush parties. Rent the cellar out for small parties.
Still renovating.... Hopefully done in a couple months.
The name.... “The Wine House”
This sounds intriguing and something I’m considering. Can you keep me posted on the licensing process? My personal email is [email protected] - that would be amazing...
 

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As a hobby we make wine we like, as a business we make wine others like.
Haha, I make wine that others like as I do not drink much wine. So I guess I'm operating more of as if I was a buisiness even though I'm a home wine maker
 

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Congrats. I’m hoping to do something similar after I graduate grad school. My entrepreneurial project is going to be based around a unique winery concept.

Pennsylvania has finally eased up on their restrictions and created a lot more options with what you can do with a limited winery license so it’s pretty exciting in that regard. They’re starting to pop up everywhere. If they would just get rid of the 350 mile radius rule for produce, I think small private wineries would become as popular as craft breweries.
 

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This past Monday I got City Council approval for a commercial wine makers license! It was a tough road with them and this should be the last piece of the puzzle the state needs to give me my license. Especially since there is another one a few doors down that makes wine kits.
 

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Congrats! I'm on a similar journey myself right now. I actually have my hearing with the city next month.

All the red tape is maddening but manageable. I figure at the very least I'll get one of my hobbies to pay for itself.
 

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Had my meeting with the city a week ago. Kinda sticky but all went well! Got their blessing. Now the last part is getting all my ducks in a row for the local state inspector and we should be on our way!
 

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The Wine House been getting a lot of work done the last month or so. Wine cellar almost finished. Painters in painting. Wood floors getting sanded and finished. I am back in Italy so shopping for some unique things to add to it.
 
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