Making Wine

Bottles of red wine in an old wine cellar

WHAT IS WINE?

Wine is the alcoholic beverage obtained from the fermentation of juice from grapes (must).

4 steps to wine making:

  1. PRIMARY FERMENTATION – When the sugars that are present in the grape juice are converted by the yeast into alcohol and carbon dioxide. This stage lasts for about one week.
  2. SECONDAY FERMENTATION – When the wine is transferred from a primary fermentation vessel (food grade bucket) into a secondary fermentation vessel (carboy) by syphoning or racking. This stage lasts for about two weeks.
  3. STABILIZATION – When a few ingredients are added to the wine to stabilize and clear it. A vigorous stirring is also done at this stage to remove the CO2. Let the wine clear for at least two weeks.
  4. BOTTLING – When the clear wine is siphoned into bottles which are then corked. Let the wine age for a few months and then enjoy!

WINE KITS AND CONCENTRATES

At La Cachette du Bootlegger, the entire collection of Winexpert wine kits is offered.  Winexpert is the world’s largest manufacturer of premium, award-winning winemaking products.  It is committed to sourcing high quality grape juice and concentrate.  They also have stringent quality control procedures at their state-of-the-art processing facilities and quality is guaranteed.
The collection includes: Eclipse, Limited Edition (LE), Selection, World Vineyard, Vintners Reserve, Chai Maison, Spéciale  and Island Mist

Eclipse

Eclipse are ultra premium wine kits which are made with the finest quality varietal juice from around the world to produce wines that will satisfy the tastes of even the most discerning wine enthusiasts.  They are kits that contain 18 liters and produce 23 liters of wine.  The red wine varieties (except for the Pinot Noir) come with grape skins.  For a complete description of the varieties, please visit: http://www.winexpert.com/products/eclipse

Limited Edition (LE)

Limited Edition (referred to as LE) features a strictly limited number of outstanding wines released on an annual basis.  Announced each Fall, specific wines are offered each month from January through April.  These unique and intriguing wines are available only during their month of release so they must be pre-ordered during the months of October to December to ensure you’ll receive these sought-after wines.  To learn more, please visit:  http://www.winexpert.com/products/le16

Selection

Selection features fine grape varietals and blends, showcasing distinct styles of the world’s most prominent winemaking regions.  These 16 and 18 litre (with grape skins) kits produce 23 litres of full-bodied wines with superior flavour, aromas and complexity.  For a complete description of the varieties, please visit: http://www.winexpert.com/products/selection

World Vineyard

Wines from Australia, California, South America and Europe are represented in the World Vineyard Collection. These wines are perfect if you enjoy versatile wines which don’t require extended aging but still offer distinct flavours from some of the great wine regions in the world.  They are 10 liter kits and produce 23 liters of wine.  For a complete description, please visit:http://www.winexpert.com/products/world-vineyard-collection

Vintners Reserve

Easy to make and easy to enjoy, Vintners Reserve wines offer excellent quality flavours and aromas and there almost 30 available styles to choose from.  They are 10 liter kits and produce 23 liters of wine.  For a complete description, please visit: http://www.winexpert.com/products/vintners-reserve

Chai Maison

Quick and easy to produce, wines made from these kits are supple and have a lively freshness that is best enjoyed young. Delightfully satisfying results in only four weeks!  They are 7.5 litre kits and produce 23 liters of wine.  For a complete description, please visit: http://www.winexpert.com/products/chai-maison

Speciale

Remarkable specialty wines. Ice wines, ports and sherries can all be made from the Speciale range of award winning wines. They are 12 liter kits to make 12 liters; approximately 30 – 375ml bottles or 15 – 750 ml bottles.  For a complete description, please visit:http://www.winexpert.com/products/speciale

Island Mist

Island Mist is a delicious alternative to everyday wines and wine coolers. Combining the crisp freshness of distinctive varietal wines with full fruit flavours, this unique kit makes a fun, refreshing wine-based beverage to enjoy anytime.  They are 7.5 liter kits to produce 23 liters of wine.  For a complete description, please visit:  http://www.winexpert.com/products/island-mist-refreshment-beverages