How do I choose the right wine making kit?
Don’t worry – we will be there to help you with your wine choice. We have tasted all our wines and can narrow down your choice by asking some easy questions, based on your tastes, preference and budget.
Do I need an appointment?
No appointment is needed to start your wine. For bottling, an appointment time is required.
How long does it take to make the wine? Once I choose my kit, how long does it take to mix the wine? Do I need to schedule a time to do this step?
Your first visit will take about 15 minutes. This includes choosing the wine, paying for the kit and winemaking service fee, and adding the yeast to start the wine process. No appointment or scheduled time is needed for this step.
The wines take 4, 5, 6, or 8 weeks to be completed depending on the wine you choose.
How many bottles does a kit make?
Most wine kits make 30-750 ml bottles. You can use any size bottle. Bring/buy enough bottles to hold 23L of wine. Dessert wines, and single Mivino kits, make 15-750 ml bottles or 30-375 ml bottles.
Can I put my wine into wine bags?
Absolutely! We have 4L bags available that hold 5 bottles of wine. You can bag the entire kit or just some of it. Wine ages faster in a bag and should be consumed within 6-8 months. We also have boxes to hold the wine bags, cardboard or plastic.
Can I sample before I purchase the wine?
Sorry. Under the terms of our liquor permit we are not allowed to provide samples before you purchase the wine. We do our best to understand your tastes, preference and budget in helping choose the best wine for you.
Can I make wine that tastes as good as commercial wine?
Yes – we believe it is better!
How long after my initial visit will my wine be ready to bottle?
The wines take 4, 5, 6, or 8 weeks to be completed depending on the wine you choose. We will call or email to let you know your wine is ready to bottle.
Once my wine is mixed, do I need to come in and monitor the progress or do any work?
No – we will take care of your wine, monitoring, transferring, filtering, etc. everything that is needed to make a great wine for you.
What does the Winemaking Service Fee include?
Our winemaking service fee includes corks, colourful shrink tops for the bottles, and a basic label for the type of wine. Bottles and bags are not included. Government regulation requires the winemaking service fee and the wine kit to be paid for at the start of the process. Each wine kit made in our store requires a winemaking fee of $62 + tax.
Can I bring my own bottles?
For sure! Just make sure they are clean and free of any debris, mice, spiders or mold. Check for cracks, and chipped necks. Bring your bottles to your bottling appointment.
I just bottled my wine, what should I do with the bottles?
Leave bottles standing upright for two to five days. This allows the cork to expand and properly seal. After that, lay bottles on their sides. This keeps the cork moist so it won’t dry out. You can just tip the boxes over also. Don’t stack more than two boxes high. See the question about storing the wine for long term storage advice.
How long should I age my wine? When can I drink the wine?
Although the wine is very drinkable at bottling time, it will continue to change if allowed to further mature. Allow your wine time to age to reach its potential. This means leaving it alone for a little while!! With time, your wine will soften and mellow and the flavours will improve. 6 and 8 week wines should ideally age for several months. 4 week wines will also improve after a month or so. Fruit wine kits are ready to consume after bottling. This is a very personal preference so it is hard to give a definite answer. Try the wine as soon as you want and at regular intervals.
Even two weeks after bottling, the wine will taste better. The bottling process agitates the wine causing what is called bottle shock.
How long will my wine last? Is there a shelf life for the wine once bottled?
4 week kits will generally last 12-16 months after completion, 6 to 8 week kits average 2 years. Red wines will typically last longer than whites. Storage is very important and can affect the life span of the wine.
How should I store my wine?
Ideally, wine should be stored in a dark, humid, cool place (12-15°C, or 50-60°F) with little temperature fluctuations and no movement. Bottles are best stored on their side to keep the cork moist.
Can I store my wine in the fridge?
Your refrigerator is not an ideal place to store wine long term as it is too cool, too dry and has vibration. Opened wines with a proper seal on them can last longer when refrigerated.
Wine for Weddings?
You can make wine for your wedding only for consumption in a private place. The wine we make is not allowed to be consumed in a public place where a special occasion permit is required. Please contact SLGA for the specific details.
Wine makes a great giveaway favour for your guests, and is a welcome addition to any pre-wedding or post-wedding gathering in a private place.
Can I make my own labels?
Yes you can make your own label. Bring the labels with you at bottling time. There are several on-line sites where you can order labels, or print your own at home.
Do you make custom labels?
Yes we can print a high quality label that is resistant to the ink running or smearing, and can include colour photos. 4″ x 3″
$60 for 30 labels plus $10 for any additional 30 labels, if we do the design work.
$30 for 30 labels plus $10 for any additional 30 labels, if you supply a print ready .jpeg of the completed label.
Do you sell winemaking equipment and supplies?
We carry most of the equipment and supplies for the home winemaker, as well as basic supplies for the home beermaker.
How should I clean my bottles?
Clean your wine bottles as soon as they are empty, rinse well, place upside down in your sink to dry, then store upside down in the box. Return to Wine 4 You to bottle your next batch of wine! For stubbornly dirty bottles soak the bottle in hot water, use a bottle brush, or purchase a cleaner from us.
Can I use a dishwasher to clean/sterilize my bottles at home?
We don’t recommend dishwasher cleaning or sterilizing. Placing the bottles upside down in the dishwasher will not guarantee sufficient water/detergent inside the bottle to thoroughly clean the bottle.
How do I remove bottle labels?
The labels we supply at Wine 4 You should peel off relatively easy. If they don’t, first try filling the bottle with hot water and allow to stand. You may have to scrape the label off with a knife or steel wool, or an abrasive pad. We don’t know of any magic solution for removing labels from commercial bottles, scraping, soaking, Goo Gone, and elbow grease might work.
Is there sulphite in the wine?
It is impossible to make a sulfite-free wine, because wine yeasts make sulfites themselves during fermentation. Wines with no added sulfite contain from 6 to 40 ppm of sulfite, according to most experts. Without added sulfites, the kit will oxidize and spoil very rapidly. Sulphites have anti-microbial and antioxidant properties.
Also, if the sulfite is left out, but the sorbate is added, the wine will be attacked by lactic bacteria. These bacteria will convert the sorbate into the compound hexadienol, which smells like rotting geraniums and dead fish.
Decanting, what is it and should I do it? What is aerating?
Decanting is simply pouring the wine into another container. Aerating is exposing wine to air. Both methods allow the wine to ‘breathe’ before drinking. This helps a young, more harsh, wine to mellow and soften. Simply opening the bottle 15 minutes or more before consuming will help aerate the wine. You can also pour the wine through an aerator. Pouring the wine slowly into a decanter container will also allow any sediment to be left behind.
My wine bottle has sediment? What does this mean?
Sediment is harmless (it is the organic content of the grape), something that occurs naturally in all wine as it ages. As the wine ages, pigment and tannin get together get together to form a chain and become so heavy that, eventually, they fall out of the wine as sediment. However, if there is a lot of sediment and the wine has a cloudy appearance, it might indicate the wine has spoiled. Giving the wine a sniff and a quick taste will help you determine whether or not a wine has spoiled.
Although crystals on your cork or “gunk” in your wine are unattractive, it doesn’t mean the wine is bad. Sea salt like crystals on the cork of your wine or in the bottle are actually potassium tartrate crystals, a by-product of the natural tartaric acid in wine grapes. These crystals are innocent and harmless and will not affect the taste of your wine. Decant or pour slowly, or pour through an aerator with a filter.
I am not sure about the taste of my wine?
Your wine may just need to be stored and aged for a longer period to allow the tannins to soften. Is it just one bottle or all the bottles? Single bottles may mean there was contamination in that bottle. Occasionally, production issues or off-quality kits can cause the wine to be ‘off’. Bring us in a bottle to try and we will replace your wine or refund your money. Life is too short to have bad wine. We want you to have a wine you are proud to share with your friends and family.
Wine 4 You
260 - 2600 8th Street East
Saskatoon, SK CANADA