“Can I make wine that is as good as store bought brands?”
Yes. It may help to allow the wine to age after taking it home. And there is the added benefit of little or even no sulphites (a preservative found in all commercial wines).
“Is it expensive?”
Not at all. The prices for our most wine kits range from $120 to $220 for 30 bottles. This means you can have a bottle of quality wine starting for as little as $4.00 per bottle (and ranging up to about $7.10 bottle). Kits make 30 bottles each and that is the minimum purchase quantity.
“I’ve never done any winemaking on premise, what do I need to know and how much work is required of me.”
The process of making wine on premise starts with choosing the type of wine you want to make and what quality of wine kit you want to use. The LCB requires that the customer own the ingredients and begin by sprinkling the yeast on the juice to begin fermentation. After the batch is started, we make the wine and the customer has no further obligations until the wine is ready to be bottled. When you arrive for your scheduled bottling appointment you will need to sanitize your bottles, help fill & cork them and finish by applying labels and shrink caps. We provide all the necessary equipment and assistance for you to accomplish this with ease. It takes less than half an hour from start to finish.
“How long will it take?”
We offer you the choice of 4-week, 6-week and 8-week wine kits. Our 4-week wines are made from the finest blend of grape juice and concentrate. They are usually ready to drink in a few weeks after bottling.
The 6-week wines are made from premium quality grape juice blends. They are fuller bodied and require a longer aging time (at least 2 to 3 months).
Our 8-week wine kits, with 100% varietal grape juice from country-specific vineyards, Selection Estate Series has re-defined the quality expectations of the advanced winemaker and the wine kit industry alike. While still enjoyable to drink at 6 months, it would be better to hold these wines for 12 months before starting to enjoy them.
“What kinds of wines are available?”
Please see our Products page for a full description. We carry over 110 different wines from more than a dozen countries.
“What is the alcohol content?”
The alcohol level in our wines range from 11% to 14.5%.
“Are Winexpert wine kits dry or sweet?”
Our wine menu has sweetness indicators next to the wine names. Most wines have a dry finish, but there are a number of sweeter offerings and many wines that have a fruitier palate. We can also adjust any wine to a sweetness that you enjoy. Just ask.
“Can I clean my bottles when I come in to bottle?”
Your bottles should already be clean as we provide time and equipment for sanitizing already clean bottles. Thoroughly rinsing a wine bottle very soon after it is empty and storing it properly, eliminates the need to spend much more time cleaning bottles. HINT! Store the clean bottles upside down to avoid contamination by foreign objects, dust, insects etc.
“Can I store my wine in the Wine-On-Premise where I made it?”
Sorry, once your wine is ready to be bottled you need to bottle and remove it to your home. This is required by law as well as by the availability of containers and space to put them in.
“What are Tannins?”
Tannin comes from the skins, seeds, and stems of the grapes, and also from wood. It gives wine its longevity and character. Tannin is also found in strong tea.
“What about wine with food?”
The fuller flavoured the food, the more full-bodied the wine should be. A simply prepared chicken can match well with a light bodied white wine. If you add a rich cream sauce, then a medium to full-bodied white may be preferred.