Article“I Make Wine Because . . .”Written by WineMaker StaffTake part in any home winemaking gathering and you will find that winemakers have a lot to say. When it comes to one subject, however, we all agree on one thing — we all love to make wine! WineMaker recently asked our Facebook fans to finish a simple phrase, “I make my own wine because…” Here we share some of our favorites. We heard from the philosophical: “It heightens our enjoyment of everyday life, links us to the past, and connects us to the natural world. Producing it only reinforces the cycle.” “When life gives you grapes . . .make wine!” The practical: “No one sells crabapple wine where we live!” “It makes ‘what to get’ decisions easy at gift-giving time.” “I can make any kind I want, and when I crave it it’s just a walk downstairs…” “Its better than any wine you can buy.” Those who wanted to create and relax: “It makes me happy to create something that tastes good.” “No other hobby is as rewarding.” “On a long winter night, it is relaxing to watch ferment.”Already a member? Log InYou'll Also Like Article MEMBERS ONLY Going Pro: Is the time and money worth It? In our annual Reader Survey, hobby winemakers looking to go pro usually account for about 1 in 5 readers. Here is the story of one couple who made the leap and some of the details about how they’re making it work. Article FREE The Cozzarelli Legacy: A family steeped in winemaking Twenty years ago his dad was featured here in the pages of WineMaker magazine. But now that he has joined the ranks of home winemakers it’s his turn to talk about his drive to make his own wine.