Many Canadians have used this past year to get to know the fine art of wine a little better. You've managed to find your favourite local and international wines, and you might even consider yourself a bit of a connoisseur.
The words "full-bodied" and "smooth finish" are part of your regular vernacular, and you can pair white wine with a seafood dish like the best of them. Your love and knowledge of wine are homegrown, and maybe you're looking to take your wine adventures to the next level by making your own.
Whether you consider yourself a wine aficionado or someone who only knows their primary wine colours (red, white and rosé), you can create your very own vino from the comfort of your kitchen with Wineology's DIY winemaking kit.
By taking care of the daunting tasks, like bottling and fermenting, RJS Craft Winemaking has made crafting wine at home a reality. They've created the Wineology winemaking kit, which puts you in the creator's seat to produce three different wine styles: merlot, pinot grigio and rosé.
Each box contains everything you need to turn water into wine (in moderation, of course) including ingredients, a fermentation bag and a wine serving bag for when it's finally ready to taste. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions (available as a printable sheet or a video) to make five 750ml bottle's worth of wine.
If restrictions on travel have you feeling down, turn your kitchen into the South of France with the Merlot Style Kit. Red berries, spice and chocolate are the signature notes in this robust red with 12% ABV. It takes three weeks to ferment this classic varietal, which will keep for a further six weeks of sipping.
Tour Italy (via your tastebuds) with the Pinot Grigio Style Kit. If you prefer dry and crisp over sweet and soft, this kit might just be for you. You can shake up a batch of straw-coloured wine with flavours reminiscent of apple, pear and peach at 11.3% ABV
Or if you're more in the middle in terms of flavour preferences, the Rosé Style Kit can help you pretend you're on vacation in Provence. Sing along to "Summer Wine" as you craft a light-bodied glass of wine with hints of strawberry, a fruity finish and 11.6% ABV.
Wineology winemaking kits are currently available across North America online at Amazon, Costco.ca, Walmart.ca, in stores at Red Apple/The Bargin and at select independent retailers. Wineology will also be coming to Loblaws stores soon.
Working on your homemade wine can be a great way to spend your free time, and it might even be a fun activity to do with your partner or roommates. Grab a kit and turn your kitchen into your very own micro-vineyard with the help of RJS Craft Winemaking, then gather around the kitchen table again in three weeks to clink glasses and celebrate your creation.
Wineology DIY Winemaking Kits
Price: From $29.99
Details: Make your own merlot-, pinot grigio- or rosé-style wine at home in only three weeks with a fun and easy kit that also makes a great gift.
To learn more about Wineology's DIY Kits, check out their website or follow them on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.
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