Dec 12 2011
Wondering what to give a friend or loved one for their birthday or any other gift-giving occasion? Why not give the ability to make their own wine from a wine kit? It’s a gift that really does keep on giving as you are giving the ability to make great tasting, inexpensive wine for many years to come. It’s a lifestyle gift.
I firmly believe that having the ability to savor a bottle of wine with meals each day or just for relaxation is a step up in lifestyle, social class, and sophistication. However, having just one small bottle of wine each day for a month can cost somewhere between $180 to $540 a month, depending upon the tax structure of your country and the quality of wine you like to drink. Buying wines from the store, can cost a small fortune over the course of a year.
Instead, wine kits make it easy to produce very good wines for a small fraction of the costs. Depending upon the quality and type of wine kit, costs will be somewhere between $0.90 and $4.60 for a 750 mL bottle of wine. The $0.90 bottle would probably be a four-week Merlot, Chardonnay, or Shiraz. The $4.60 bottle would be a high-end, premium-quality wine like an Amarone, Barolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Pinot Noir that would cost significantly more from a store.
The Gift: An equipment starter kit will cost about $55-$65 and will provide all the tools you will need to get started, a wine kit can cost between $28-$140 depending upon quality and type, and lastly, I will shamelessly recommend a copy of my book “Everything You Need To Know About Wine Kit Making”–the most comprehensive book ever written about wine kit making.
Exactly what you give as a gift is up to you.. Give all three as a gift or just choose only one of the three. Either way, it will be a most welcome gift.
Hayden Alexander became seriously interested in making home made wine from wine kits a number of years ago. Encountering many questions about the process, he realized the need for a book that simply and easily explained the “How Tos” and “The Whys” in detail. The result is his 174 page, fully-illustrated, full-color ebook, “Everything You Need To Know About Wine Kit Making.” His website, Wine Kit Making, is a ready resource for anyone wanting to learn more about winemaking from wine kits.