Thursday, October 30, 2008

Name my outift.

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!


Love,

NM.

7 comments:

RD said...

I humbly submit:

"Blood of the Ninja"

You could dress it up as in:

Sanguine de Ninja

Cheers,
RD

P.S. Blood of the Noodle makes no sense, but I like as well.

Chris said...

"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"


Dawnberry?

marsbarn said...

"Sloe and De-Vine" is my favorite, but I also came up with....

"Wined Up a Ninja"

"Decant de Noodle Dawg"

"Needs No Bush" (as in Good wine needs no bush.)

"Ninja Brew: sloe and mysterious"

"Distill My Heart"

"Rambling Wine"

Ya.. so I'm a bit pun heavy. At least I didn't come up with anything x rated. ;-)

RD said...

I like "Distill My Heart!"

Cheating Death said...

I am not sure about your overall name.... but I think you should call each batch a different name something like:

atropine

Defib

Epi

Lidocaine



while piecing together makes it easier to swallow the price, check out ebay for wine making kits. I would consider finding screw top bottles. They are easier to deal with and many very respectable wineries use screw tops now--the supply of cork is in danger and there has been an outbreak of rotten cork.

How's life NM?!?!? Hope you and yours are doing ok.

medic642 said...

sang des m├ędecins

I favor french names for wines.

Literally "Blood of the Medics".

Keep on getting healthy!

MedicThree said...

so... what'd ya come up with! I'm dying to hear!