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ianPGApro

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So it seems my wife has bought into my new hobby :D. After reading and researching for the last few months I will begin my first batch this weekend (5 gallon's of cab sav).

I know I must be patient with each wine and the process.... but I'm already thinking of what I would like to do next/after I get this one situated. I have been reading a lot about other varietals and also blends. After seeing what a lot of you said in some of the blend posts. I was thinking it would be smart to have another wine if needed, I could blend later or keep them both on their own. I'm fully stocked on ingredients and equipment.

So I guess what I would like is:
Recommendation for a second wine from grapes varietal?
Who do you usually order from (I'm in FL)?
Any other ideas that might be good.

I will see how this one goes after fermentation and primary, then decide on how many grapes or gallons I will go with.

Thanks!
 

salcoco

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Merlot blends well with cab sauv. just Google "wine kits for sale near me" should find all kinds of wine supply stores that sell kits. as for grapes might have a problem but try the google search .with grapes instead of kits.
 

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So it seems my wife has bought into my new hobby :D. After reading and researching for the last few months I will begin my first batch this weekend (5 gallon's of cab sav).

I know I must be patient with each wine and the process.... but I'm already thinking of what I would like to do next/after I get this one situated. I have been reading a lot about other varietals and also blends. After seeing what a lot of you said in some of the blend posts. I was thinking it would be smart to have another wine if needed, I could blend later or keep them both on their own. I'm fully stocked on ingredients and equipment.

So I guess what I would like is:
Recommendation for a second wine from grapes varietal?
Who do you usually order from (I'm in FL)?
Any other ideas that might be good.

I will see how this one goes after fermentation and primary, then decide on how many grapes or gallons I will go with.

Thanks!
Welcome to the hobby!! Here are some blend ideas from Wine Folly, many of which have Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

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So I guess what I would like is:
Recommendation for a second wine from grapes varietal?
A pinot noir, shiraz, malbec or zinfandel would give you a nice contrast to the cab. Might come in handy if you have company over and they don't like big, bold cabs.

At some point, you should consider doing a cab franc. Fantastic grape that doesn't get as much shelve space as his son.

H
 

ianPGApro

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A pinot noir, shiraz, malbec or zinfandel would give you a nice contrast to the cab. Might come in handy if you have company over and they don't like big, bold cabs.

At some point, you should consider doing a cab franc. Fantastic grape that doesn't get as much shelve space as his son.

H
Thanks, I will be reading a little more before I make a choice. Have you made your own Pinot batch? Are they as finicky as everyone says? or is that more in the vineyard it's self for growing.
 

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A pinot noir, shiraz, malbec or zinfandel would give you a nice contrast to the cab. Might come in handy if you have company over and they don't like big, bold cabs.

At some point, you should consider doing a cab franc. Fantastic grape that doesn't get as much shelve space as his son.

H
Again Cab Franc is a better grape, its just such a under appreciated grape outside of france where its still widely used. And preferred as it ripens more reliably. I have planted a bunch of cab franc and intend to double my plantings next year.
 
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