In Vino Victory?
August 12, 2008 11:16 AM Subscribe
Novice vintner seeks help turning backyard harvest of organically grown Chardonnay grapes into decent homemade wine.
posted by Asparagirl to home & garden (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The small, sweet, seedy green grapes covering the sunny north wall of my Los Angeles garden seem to be ready for harvest. The grapevine pre-dates my ownership of the house, but based on the grapes' physical characteristics and the preponderance of grape varieties sold at plant nurseries around here, I'm pretty sure they're Chardonnay grapes. They taste fine right off the vine as table grapes, but they have a lot of seeds, so I'm thinking that making either grape jellies or wine is the better way to go here.
I don't own any wine-making equipment and don't know where I should go to get some. Should I look for a pre-packaged starter kit or a more do-it-yourself model? Know any good books or sites to read for advice? And I'm not a wine snob, by any means -- I just want to turn this into something decently drinkable so I can point to an actual bottle of wine and say "hey, I made that!" So the aged oak casks probably aren't necessary.
Finally, I should mention that the grapevine isn't that big -- it has somewhere between 60-80 grape clusters, I think. How much wine can you really get out of that?