Yummy Mums had a great time.

October 13, 2011

Over the course of two evenings on Sept 28th and 29th we hosted a dozen plus ladies who (in essence) have formed  their own wine club.  The To get the ball rolling the Yummy Mummies group set the ladies up with their wine through a contest in association with the Canadian Craft Winemaking Association (CCWA). The ladies helped make their wines and then came back eight weeks later to bottle.

The events are part of an effort to create awareness of the craft winemaking industry and generate interest in the process of making and bottling your own wine. In addition to staff, we had a representative of the CCWA on hand to assist as we had almost 500 bottles to fill and cork.  Although most everyone had never made or bottled their own wine before their was not one drop of wine spilt let alone a bottle broken. Cheers ladies! Great job.

All in all the events were lots of fun and a good time was had by all.

If this is the first time you’ve heard about our industry or have been considering personal winemaking, the process is simple. Choose a wine style from an extensive menu of offerings from most wine regions of the world. For your first time we recommend sticking with a style of wine that you would buy at the liquor store or restaurant. Most wine making bases are geared to mimic popular commercial style so if you love Argentine Malbec or Australian Shiraz, go with one of those.

Once you’ve made your choice the hard part is done. At this point you will assist the wine shop operator in pouring the grape juice into a fermenter and then sprinkling some yeast on it to start the fermentation. Sound simple? It is.

You will return in 4 to 8 weeks to bottle your wine. That process is also quite simple and lots of fun. The best part is you get to taste your wine and see how palatable it is even brand new. Age is always recommended on any wine and suggested amounts of time will vary depending on the grade of wine you have made.

Your wine will be delicious on day 1 but don’t get forget that age will dramatically improve your wine and is not something you can fake. As your wine ages it will be comparable to commercial equivalents of higher and higher quality as well as higher price. For example when your wine is new it will be comparable to something commercial in the $15 to $18 range but you’re paying 1/3 of that amount per bottle when you make it yourself because you pay no provincial liquor tax. Give your wine 6 months of age and your wine will be comparable to something in the $20 t0 $23 range but your cost hasn’t changed. And so on.