Technique

Finishing Wine from Kits

As I sat down to write this article, I thought it might be apropos to relax with a small glass of wine. Time passed as I was collecting my thoughts and savoring my wine and before I knew it I had finished my wine. Then it dawned on me — I had finished my wine! I wonder how many other winemakers would think it was that easy, so I started asking other amateur winemakers how they finished their wine. Much to my dismay, the answers ranged from “I corked it” to “I took the extra step to filter my wine before I bottled it.” When I asked further questions about their process like if it was balanced, how it tasted, and how it would score if they entered into a competition, I was met with blank stares. You know, that “deer in the headlights” look when someone is stunned. That is why I thought it was important to share the helpful steps I take to turn an average kit wine into a medal-winning kit wine that you can truly feel