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 Chateau Latif Vineyard: An oasis on Manhattan’s Upper East Side A vineyard located in the middle of Manhattan? We had to investigate. Learn about Latif Jiji and the unique vineyard that he planted and has managed now for 42 years in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Article FREE The Forbidden Fruit: Making wine in Iran Many of us in the Western Hemisphere can take wine and winemaking for granted. But for those folks living under extreme Islamic law, the consequences of being caught with it can be dire. But one Iranian man isn’t going to be deterred.