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ithink2020

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Past or present? What is your favorite wine kit and Why?

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WE Stag Leap Merlot - we made many of those kits at Valley Vines to Wines in Mill Bay on Vancouver Island. I have no idea how many but it was a lot. We were winter liveaboards at the time and we drank a lot. Now that I've got my own wine room set up I've got a Stag Leap in a carboy. Valley Vines has oak barrels which we always used for our Stag Leap. I don't have any barrels so can't go that way but I'll leave the oak cubes in the carboy until it tastes right.
 

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My currently favorite kits are:

Winexpert 2018 Limited Edition Chile Corazon kit
R J Spagnols Grand Cru Verdicchio Kit
R J Spagnols Black Forest Dessert Wine kit

The Corazon is the best tasting red wine kit I've made, and it's still young. It lacks that "kit wine taste" and I expect longevity -- the last bottle will be gone before it starts to decline.

The Verdicchio was an impulse buy -- young it was crisp and vibrant. As it's aged, it's mellowed into a solid chicken or white fish wine.

The Black Forest? Chocolate, cherry, and alcohol? What's not to like?
 

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I drink very little of the wine I make but my wife's favorite is WE's Eclipse old vine zinfandel
 

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Past or present? What is your favorite wine kit and Why?

Just a thread for some enjoyable reading :)
Global Vintners Raspberry/Peach Sangria Fruit Mist Wine kit that I tweaked by adding 5 lbs. of sliced fresh peaches and 3#, 1 oz. can of Vintners Harvest Raspberry puree. Also topped off w/bottle of 100% Peach/Mango juice and 1 cup of Everclear. Reason: great bouquet and fruity flavor. Absolutely fantastic! I will definitely be buying that again.
 

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I'm new to this but have about 7 kits aging along with one from fresh grapes. Since I'm waiting on the reds, I did an RJS En Premier Trio White. We don't typically prefer white wines, but this is excellent. Hardly any reviews so I thought I'd mention it.
 

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I really like a Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre blend. I'm a big fan of Rhône wines and this one comes close. I also like the RJS Rosé. It is not really like a nice Provençale Rosé but it is good.
 

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I am pretty much a newbie. Started a little over a year ago and have made 4 kits (the 5th is in clearing stage right now. The ones I have made, in this order, are Mosti Mondiale Nero D'Avola, RJS Super Tuscan, WE Eclipse Nebbiolo, Mosti Mondiale Nero D'Avola. Notice the one I have made twice. I will make it again this year.

Why do I like it? Besides me really liking Nreo D'Avola wine, primarily because it is very drinkable right after bottling (3-4 weeks) and just gets better over time. But it is also a very easy kit to make. It is an all juice kit, 6 gallons of juice, not concentrate where you have to add a lot of water. The only oak is chips that go into primary fermentation, and there are no skins. All of this makes it a very easy kit to make. That was great for doing my first ever wine making.

It has been so drinkable that I have only been able to keep 8 bottles from the first batch for over a year (bottled 11/23/19). A good friend who just started winemaking after tasing mine (and my brother-in-law's) has made it and is going to order it again to make.
 

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Have been in this hobby for only five years now, but it's been quite rewarding.
My two favorites were probably a Meglioli Amarone made in my first year and a Sauvignon Blanc made from a fresh Australian juice from MM last summer. The Amarone aged in bottles after 4 years was remarkable.
Note that all the kits made between those years were more than acceptable.
 

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