Etrusci,What is the cause of the so-called kit wine taste? Is there a way to avoid this when making kit wines?
And the wait is almost over, its been a long winterLike what Green/Wade said.
Make wine from juice. There are places that sell 100% Wine juice (kits) in buckets. Mosti is just one that sells them, Walkers is another. OR, wait till the Chilean fresh juices come in next month.
That's interesting to learn, didn't know that, so thanks. So, what is a good word for what happens to a grape, once it is picked and placed in cold storage for several weeks?Grapes do not continue to ripen once picked.
My brother and i have been making chilean wine from grapes for several years,and i will say that they are picked to perfection and handled with great care.The Chilean people take great pride in the grapes they ship to us.I highly recommend them.We think the grapes have been getting better every year.We have also made some kicking wines from these grapes.Tom,
I have never purchased any of the Chilean fresh grapes. I have heard bad things about them, which could only be here-say, of course. Since they come over by boat (20 to 30 day trip), they have to be picked very early and ripen in crates (like tomatoes - yuck!). I have heard they can be moldy by the time they get to your door.
There again, this is what I have heard. If you have experience with them, what do you say? If all I have heard is not true, I'd sure like to experiment with them. Where do you order them?
Well, Tom never responded to my question.
Can you tell me from whom you buy your Chilean grapes?
Have you ever ordered Italian grapes? If so, from where?
What kind of juice is available by you? Is there a COSTCO nearby?So do you guys have a "tried and true" recipe/instructions that a newbie might use if starting with juice rather then a kit? I've made 8 kits now, so thinking maybe ready to branch out.... still, buying plain old grapes or juice seems a little intimidating.