Note: this is a more detailed retelling of our winemaking adventures to date (for the wine nerds out there.) The feel-good abbreviated version set to music can be found in post (MM#001) The Adventure Thus Far.
2008 – Our Inaugural Vintage
It was the middle of July and we were hankering to try our hand at making wine. However, there was a slight catch… grapes weren’t in season. Thankfully, we were in the height of cherry season! Mike N. tracked down 50lbs of black cherries from local fruit stands while Mike R. scoured the web for cherry wine “recipes”. Jack Keller’s website on home winemaking proved quite useful despite us being a little wary of all the fruit wine recipes that called for added water and sugar. Were we making wine or fruit flavoured booze? We shelved our scruples for the time being and followed one of the many recipes we found online. With some basic supplies from Dan’s Homebrewing and an Igloo cooler for a fermentation vat we were on our way. Things went more or less according to plan and within a couple weeks we had our first batch of wine resting in a 23L carboy in Mike N.’s garage. We had made wine!