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Mud

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A Vintner's Circle has opened recently in Dickson City, PA. Thought I'd drop in to see what it was all about. Turns out it's mainly a FOP operation with minimal supplies. They have about 30 different Wine Expert kits. Original, International, Estate and Island Mists series are all available but that's it. Prices start at $279 to make it there.

The owner was nice enough, even when a woman came in asking to buy wine. When he explained they didn't sell wine she said their website wasn't clear and he should do something about it. :)

Not my thing, but it looks ok for supplies in a pinch or if a person wants to use the FOP services. One thing I noticed...The carboys on the shelves were often filled only to the shoulder, not into the neck. Also many were exposed to light.
 
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This sounds very similar the my LHBS.

Store front is 90% wine kits, with a small shelf of do it yourself supplies. 3/4 of the store is behind a door, with rows upon rows of wine kits that people are paying them to make for them. Cheapest brew on location option is $80 I think. Seems like a silly concept to me.
 

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Wow $279 for the cheapest in an FoP. I used to charge about $60 for a lower end kit, $45 for making it, $5 for corks, $5 for shrinks/labels. Total $105. Taxes on that today would be about $7. If bottles were needed, about $30 plus about $4 tax. Thats less then $150.

Wish I could have charged as much as $200 for that. My bank account would look a lot better today.

Mud: That's about right for a (slighty large) 6 gallon Italian carboy. FoPs (at least in Canada) are not allowed to top up with wine. Also most kits are bottled in 6-8 weeks, so that is not usually an issue.

Steve
 
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