- Mar 1, 2020
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- Missouri Ozarks
I sure agree with that. A little over a year ago, I was a devout beer drinker. I'd try different commercial grape wines from cheap to moderately expensive and never found one I really liked enough to start drinking it on a regular basis. My wife, on the other hand, always enjoyed wine and never beer.I think people who take a leap and venture into country wines at the commercial scale, and start treating them with the same respect, could be at the forefront of a very lucrative and venerable movement in the wine industry
Now that I'm making my own wine from various non-grape fruits and juices, I'm hooked. Maybe it's because there is something about making your own, but I like every wine I have made better than any commercial wine I have tried. My wife, who is never afraid to be honest with me, also likes what I have been making better than her old standbys. Some of my friends that were never big wine drinkers are very happy with mine. Of course "free" is a good selling point.
I also know that I am still very new to this hobby and as I learn, I'm certain my wine will improve. Meanwhile, the commercial wines II used to try will always be the same.
I also know that if I ever quit wine making for some reason, I would be sure to check out commercial wines made with fruit other than grapes if they are on the market.
While I'm sure many grape wine makers are more demanding of the grapes they use than I am of my original source juice, I'm not sure they are all necessarily more demanding than all country wine makers. I see a lot of posts here from people that buy what they call "cheap kits" to make their grape wines. I don't know anything about cheap kits or canned grape juice but that doesn't sound any more demanding than I am with my cherries, apricots, blueberries, etc.. Always looking for something better.I don't disagree but those who make grape wine demand incredible quality from the grape growers or else they grow the grapes themselves. Those who make country wines tend to be less demanding about the fruit they use, perhaps because those wine makers have never considered themselves like those who make wine from grapes. How much sugar is in the strawberries we use? The raspberries? The pomegranates? Peaches? How much flavor? How much is in the grapes?
I think we all have different demands for our starting juice, depending on what we have access to, can afford, or have found to have worked well for us. Most of all, if it tastes good, it is good.