My dad brewed his own wine all his life. He wasn't the 'go to the store and get a wine kit' kind of guy, he was more a 'go out at dawn and come back with bags full of dandelions, elderberries, elderflowers, blackberries and, if he could find them, sloe berries. He grew his own vegetables for food, but some of those went into wine too - carrot and parsnip were his favorites.
He died in 2006, and mum gave most of his wine making equipment away. My big brother is too busy with his business and travels a lot so he doesn't really have the time, and my little bro....well, the less said about him, the better. So, I've decided that I'm going to carry on his wine-making legacy and start brewing my own.
I've been checking out wine supply stores in my area, and I think that the best thing to do to start with is buy a basic wine making kit - not the juice or the grapes, but the demijohn (I believe they're called carboys over here) the tubing, the air locks, the pectic acid, yeast, corker, corks, seals, labels.....all the stuff that you can use and re-use over and over. I've made a wish list (everyone in our family has a wish list. It makes gift buying so much easier and people get what they actually want) and have made sure that each member of my immediate family knows what's on it . It might actually work out well; aside from the main kit there are little add ons for $7 and $8 each that the kids can easily afford. I'm not going to buy a bunch of bottles; I'm going to start drinking wine and saving the bottles until I get my operation underway. It's never going to be a full-blown winery, just a little cottage outfit for my own personal use and to give to family and friends as gifts.
However, I don't have a name for my operation yet, and that's where you come in, gentle readers. I want your help in coming up with an appropriate name. Whoever submits the name that's eventually chosen will recieve a bottle of wine from the first batch I make (and possibly subsequent batches) and the satisfaction of seeing the name they came up with in print on the bottle label.
So, get your thinking caps on, and don't be afraid to give me some ideas!
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