Wine Making!

Did you know that the Andersons make their own wine! Believe it, it’s true! Mostly we make our wines using wine kits. They’re really easy and can be found in any wine supply store or online. My favorite part of the process is coming up with the names and designing the labels. When our wine making started, it was supposed to be a hobby for Reed. But it has since progressed into something for us to do together and we have a pretty good time doing it. Neither of us will be hired as a sommelier any time soon, especially since we only like sweeter wines. But who cares! Hobbies are meant to be fun!

We don’t have a special room built for wine making, we just transform the kitchen into a production area whenever we need to. It works out great! It’s hard to go wrong with the wine kits as long as you sanitize everything.fullsizeoutput_3cffullsizeoutput_3cco1xeER8YSmq21gPFEYVUFwfullsizeoutput_3d2fullsizeoutput_3d4

We do however, have a small closet we transformed into a wine cellar. It’s not climate controlled, but it’s located right in the middle of the basement and maintains a very steady temp. It’s right next to our wet bar that we lovingly call The 55th Street Pub. We love it!

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Wine cellar in the basement closet.

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Here’s the Before shot of the closet.

We have made one batch of wine completely from scratch, but it was quite the task. You need a lot of grapes to get the appropriate amount of juice. Our friends, The Schmidts, happen to have some grapevines and were kind enough to let us harvest their haul. But like I said, you need a lot of grapes. So we ended up supplementing with a couple pounds of blueberries. We don’t have a juice press so to extract the juice from the fruits, Reed scooped them into a mesh bag and juiced them all by hand. That was not a quick task by any means.

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Hand juicing the grape/blueberry mash.

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In the end, we managed to get about 15 bottles and it didn’t taste too bad considering we accidentally double fermented it! And that is how our Schmidt Faced wine was born!

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Schmidt Faced!

I don’t know if we will ever make a from scratch wine again after all that, but it’s always a possibility! Wine making is a fun hobby and what’s even better is that we always have a gift on hand to bring for birthdays, holidays or housewarming!

I’d like to sign off this post with a beautiful poem about wine.

Roses are Red,

Wine is also Red,

Poems are Hard,

Wine!

Author Unknown

Thanks for reading!