According to this article in the Daily Telegraph, we may be facing a global wine shortage. Global wine production is apparently almost 200 million cases lower than current demand.
So could it be that just as allotmenting has increased in popularity over the last few years, that making home made wine will return to popularity too?
Allotmenters are well placed to respond to this wine shortage. It is possible to make wine from many vegetables as well as fruit, although some allotment wines have a ‘distinctive’ taste that probably accounts for why they are not readily available in shops.
However, a new British company – Grapes2Wine – are launching an alternative to fruit and vegetable based wines, with new Fine Wine Making Kits to make at home. In this article we compare one of their kits, a Cabernet Sauvignon, to our favourite home made wine – a fruity blackcurrant vintage.
Also, look out for our competition to win a fee Grapes2Wine starter kit coming soon!
Blackcurrant Wine V Grapes2Wine Cabernet Sauvignon
For comparison, below is an overview of the ingredients and steps needed to created the two wines. Please note, some of the detail of cleaning and sterilisation has been omitted.[table “” not found /]
A few notes on the major differences between the approaches:
- There is a cost involved to purchase the Cabernet Sauvignon Fine Wine Kit – but the cost per bottle is still much less than shop bought wine. The starter kits contain all the elements needed to make wine at home (except the bottles). However, for the blackcurrant wine, there is also a cost involved to purchase the sugar, yeast, yeast nutrient, sterilising solution, fermentation bucket, air lock etc for the home made wine.
- If you don’t make wine from your fruit, you can eat it! Using a wine kit may mean more jam and crumbles. However, making wine is also a good way of using up a large harvest.
- There is much more effort involved in making the blackcurrant wine. The fruit needs to be picked, checked for goodness, cleaned thoroughly, crushed, and at the end of the process strained through muslin.
- You have the joy of knowing you are using your own fruit with the blackcurrant wine, but you then need to add sugar. With the Cabernet Sauvignon Fine Wine, the wine juice contains no added sugar, and no sugar is required at the fermentation stage.
- The minimum suggested time from preparation to drinking is 12 months for the blackcurrant wine. The minimum time for the Cabernet Sauvignon can be as little as 5 weeks, but the suggested minimum time is 7 months after initial preparation.
We have not tried the Cabernet Sauvignon ourselves, but we do have a kit to make it! (The product was only launched in September this year). The blackcurrant wine is delicious, and tastes much fruitier compared to a grape based wine.
Please note this blog does not encourage irresponsible drinking – we encourage all people to drink responsibly and for further information please see the Drink Aware website.