Wine Making Badge

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Step One: None of the wines at the local liquor store go well with your TexMex/Asian fusion dinner, but the wine you made of sand plums and cactus pears sets it off beautifully, and the clear lavenderish hue is echoed in the Asian fermented plum enchilada sauce. The full bodied red wine you made is perfect for sipping with your favorite dark chocolate as you and your friends make sure you get your daily antioxidants as you unwind together watching a chick flick and talking about your day. The compliments on the wine make you giddier than any amount of wine ever could.
Step Two: It’s so simple and so rewarding to craft a fine wine to match your culinary style. Making your own wines gives you a finer appreciation of the wines you buy. You can make country wines and exotic wines that aren’t available in stores. Home made wines make personal, special gifts.
Step Three: While beer and wine making both involve fermentation and share using much of the same equipment, the process and ingredients and end result are very different. Beer is made from grains, wine is made from fruit. The exception is mead, which is made from honey and can be made using either the beer process or the wine process. The people who make home wines are often a different group of people from the ones who make beer, so even though some of the places you look will be similar (the brew store, for example), the resources and information will be different. Your local brew store brewmeister may be able to put you in touch with wine making groups. Check out local vinyards, too, because even though they commercially make wines, they’ll know a few enthusiasts who buy juice from them to make their own wines. The vineyard profits either way and encouraging people to drink wine (their or made from their juices) is a Good Thing in their eyes. Tour the vintard and ask questions. Sample their wines and bring a few bottles home to use for comparison. Connect with an oenologist (someone who makes wine) and ask them questions about the wine making process. Ask about resources for home wine making.
Step Four: Follow up on the research and answers to your questions. Research fail-proof recipes and start a collection of flavors you like and would like to re-create yourself. Some starting on line places:
And some books:
And one DVD:

Step Five: Gather your equipment. Select your recipe and gather your ingredients. Make your first batch of wine.
Step Six: Let your wine age, then decant it and sample. You should have a delicious wine you made yourself, a product of pride.

Step Seven: Claim your badge!