Wine Making Kits
We carry the Winexpert line of wine kits. These are varietal grape juice (or a blend) in a bag in a box. Wine kits are sized to make six gallons or thirty 750 ml bottles. Winemakers can make 6 gallons using a 6.5 gallon carboy (unless you are using skins),or a 6.5 or 7.5 gallon food grade bucket. A 6 gallon glass carboy, two 3 gallon carboys or a 5 gallon carboy and a 1 gallon jug are all options for secondary.
Selection kits have more juice for a richer, more full bodied interpretation of the wine. As always, time in secondary can be extended to go beyond just clarifying the wine. As the wine spends more time in the second carboy, it will condition and age. We always recommend taking more time than the kits suggest. Winemaking shouldn't be rushed.....
Winexpert Wine Kits:
Winexpert Private Reserve/Ultra Premium
Dry Creek Chardonnay, CA
Pint Gris, Yakima Valley, WA
Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ
Amarone Style, w/skins, Veneto, Italy
Cabernet Sauvignon, w/skins, Lodi CA
Pinot Noir, Marlborough, NZ
Nebbiolo, w/skins, Piedmont, Italy
Bordeaux blend, w/skins, Languedoc, FR
Merlot, w/skins, Stags Leap, CA
Super Tuscan, w/skins, Tuscany, Italy
Old Vines Zinfandel, w/skins, Lodi, CA
Winexpert Reserve Premium/formerly known as Selection
Pinot Grigio, Italy
Sauvignon Blanc, CA
Traminer Riesling, AUS
Grenache Rose, AUS
Cabernet Sauvignon, AUS
Luna Rossa, ITA
Pinot Noir, CHL
Vieux Chateau di Roi, FRA
Amarone style, Italy
Winexpert Classic (formerly Vintner's Reserve & World )
Pinot Grigio, Italy
Sauvignon Blanc, CHL
Liebfraulilch style, CA
White Zinfandel, CA
Cabernet Sauvignon, CH
Diablo Rojo, CH
Pinot Noir, CA
Trinity Red, CA
Vieux Chateau du Roi, CA
Winexpert Island Mist
Green Apple, Peach Apricot, Pineapple Pear, White Cranberry
Black Cherry, Black Raspberry, Blackberry, Blood Orange Sangria, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Raspberry Peach Sangria, Wildberry
Grapefruit Passion Rose, Raspberry Dragon Fruit, Strawberry, Strawberry Watermelon
Limited Edition Wine Kits for 2020:
Winexpert has just announced the Limited Edition Wine Kits
Kits are only available on a pre-order basis. We will take partial payment now and notify you when the wine kits are delivered. These are a very high quality kit. Labels are included. If you would like to ferment with a Wyeast liquid wine yeast please let us know and we will make sure to have one here when you pick up your wine kit.
Deadline for ordering is November 11, 2020.
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 2020
Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir are the perfect pair – both varietals feature high natural acidity and low tannins making this an extremely food-friendly wine. Cherry and cranberry on the nose with a subtle floral note. Strawberry and cherry flavours are accented by an undertone of savoury spice. Vibrant and versatile with freshness and finesse. Try chilling Double Noir an hour before serving.
MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND • LODI, CALIFORNIA
Marlborough garners much acclaim for its cool climate Pinot Noirs. The region enjoys plenty of sunshine and the moderate temperatures see a strong swing between day and night, fostering strong varietal expression. Lodi also sees big temperature swings from day to night, which helps Gamay retain its characteristic acidity.
SIGNATURE FOOD PAIRING: Pull Apart Ham and Gruyere Loaf
ADDITIONAL FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Charcuterie, mushroom pizza, barbecue, honey glazed duck breast, marinated pork ribs, brie with cranberry or raspberry sauce, strawberries, spanakopita
Grown on the slopes of an active volcano, Nerello is a wine that knows how to get your attention and keep it. Appealing aromas of cherry, strawberry and rose unfold into juicy red berry and crushed strawberry flavours with hints of cinnamon and herbs. Sleek and savoury with earthy and mineral nuances, fresh acidity and smooth, polished tannins.
Sun-kissed Sicily has been growing grapes for more than 3,000 years; the hot temperatures, consistent sunshine and moderate rainfall make it a wine haven. The slopes around Mount Etna on the island’s east coast are a sweet spot for Nerello, where the higher elevation brings cooler nighttime temperatures which help maintain the grape’s desirable acidity. The volcanic soils impart mineral notes on the grape, and with Etna’s frequent eruptions, soil composition is constantly transforming.
SIGNATURE FOOD PAIRING: Sheet Pan Sausage & Vegetable Dinner
ADDITIONAL FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Tuna and swordfish, meatballs, roasted tomatoes, marinated bell peppers, Pasta alla Norma (traditional Sicilian pasta dish with sautéed eggplant and tomato sauce topped with ricotta), chorizo, stuffed red peppers with goat cheese
AVAILABLE JANUARY 2021
Torrontes and Muscat, two aromatic whites, share many similarities making them ideal blending partners. Expect floral aromas, fresh peach and citrus flavours and bright acidity. Torrontes, Argentina’s signature white wine grape, lends notes of rose petal, geranium and peach, complemented by Muscat’s honeysuckle, mandarin orange, and stone fruit flavours.
At the foot of the Andes and an average of 900m above sea level, Mendoza boasts some of the highest vineyards in the world and Torrontes grows particularly well as this elevation. The hot, semi-arid climate is tempered by cool mountain nights, helping the varietal to retain acidity. Dry, rocky soils mean the vines have to work harder for nutrients thereby producing smaller, more concentrated grapes.
SIGNATURE FOOD PAIRING: Coconut Curry Poached Cod
ADDITIONAL FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Smoked salmon grilled chicken or fish, empanadas, risotto, pasta with cream sauce, spicy Thai noodles, goat cheese canapes, fruit biscotti, panna cotta
Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Grigio come together in perfect synergy in this lively off-dry white with tropical and stone fruit flavours, bright acidity, and a crisp balanced finish. Chardonnay provides texture, notes of green apple, pineapple and citrus. Riesling offers lively acidity and floral aromas. Pinot Grigio rounds out the blend with juicy peach, apricot, and pear flavours.
Located in the middle of California’s Central Valley, Lodi has a classic Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool nights and benefits from cool breezes blowing inland from the San Francisco Bay area – a climate that helps lend grapes a refreshing natural acidity. The mineral rich, sandy soils and dry growing season allow growers to precisely manage vine growth through irrigation, producing more concentrated flavours
SIGNATURE FOOD PAIRING: Kimchi Mac & Cheese
ADDITIONAL FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Curried chicken kebabs, pad thai, chicken with grilled pineapple, buttered popcorn (goes great with casual cuisine!) Serve well chilled as an aperitif.
AVAILABLE APRIL 2021
Australian Grenache and Shiraz combine with California Tannat to make this plush, charismatic blend. Grenache provides notes of raspberry and spice. Tannat brings gripping tannins and a whisper of licorice, while Shiraz imparts black plum and peppercorn. This wine layers delicious dark fruit & red berry with complex notes of vanilla, peppery spice, and subtle smoke completed by racy acidity, big tannins and a lengthy finish.
RIVERLAND, AUSTRALIA • LODI, CALIFORNIA
The Riverland region wraps around the Murray Darling river, basking in the hot South Australia sun. The Mediterranean climate and long sunny days make for vibrant fully ripened grapes. The winding river provides relief from the sometimes-intense heat, vital access to water for irrigation, and contributes to the region’s fertile soils.
SIGNATURE FOOD PAIRING: Asian Marinated Sirloin With Grill-Steamed Greens
ADDITIONAL FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Hearty meat dishes like roast beef, bison burgers or lamb shawarma, cassoulet. Dark chocolate, mature hard cheeses
We will call to let you know when your wine kit has arrived at Vermont Homebrew Supply.