Technique

Table Wine Kits

This article we’ll be discussing immediate and intermediate strategies for making table wines that can be consumed very young while still delivering the full and delightful wine experience. Strategy one: go cheap — but not too cheap Value-priced wine kits, which are usually smaller-sized (two to three US-gallons/7.5-11-L in the box), are inexpensive because they come from less defined wine regions than the bigger kits, and tend to contain a bit more concentrate. As viticultural areas get more desirable the grapes grown there fetch higher prices and the land values rise steeply. After a certain point the land becomes so expensive the grapes must fetch high prices to pay for new vineyard acquisition and things like taxes, mortgages and services. Also, concentrate, by virtue of shipping and storing advantages (it occupies one-half to one-fifth the volume of fresh juice and doesn’t require refrigeration to last extended times in storage) is generally less expensive to use in kits — although manufacturers are sensitive to saying so. Now as to why manufacturer’s hate mentioning this in public: concentrate isn’t necessarily lower in