Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I make wine that is as good as store bought brands?
- Is it expensive?
- I've never done any wine making on premise, what do I need to know and how much work is required of me.
- How long will it take?
- What kinds of wines are available?
- What is the alcohol content?
- Are wine kits dry or sweet?
- Can I store my wine on premise?
- What are Tannins?
- What about wine with food?
- What about wine with cheese?
Absolutely. The key to achieving a great tasting wine is allowing sufficient time for aging after bottling. Please review our recommended aging times by wine series here.
Not at all. The prices for our wines range from $66.95 to $173.95 for 28-30 750ml bottles. This means you can make a bottle of quality wine for approximately $2.31 to $6.50.
"I've never done any wine making on premise, what do I need to know and how much work is required of me."
The process of making wine on premise starts with selecting the type of wine you want to make and what quality of wine kit you want to use. The LCBO requires that the customer own the ingredients and begin the fermentation process by sprinkling the yeast into the grape juice. We assist you at all times to whatever extent required. After the fermentation is started we will continue the process until the wine is ready to be bottled. When you arrive for your bottling appointment you will need to sanitize your bottles, fill, and cork them.. You may then choose to apply custom labels and shrink caps. We provide all of the necessary equipment and assistance for you to accomplish all of this with ease.
If made on site, the majority of our wines can be made in as little as four weeks. Specialty wines such as port, sherry, and ice wines take approximately six weeks.
If you are making wine at home, we offer you the choice of 5-week, 7-week and 8-week wine kits. Our 5-week wines are made from the finest blend of grape juice and concentrate. They are usually ready to drink in a few weeks after bottling. Our 7-week wines are made from premium quality grape juice blends. They are fuller bodied and require a longer aging time (at least 2 to 3 months). Our 8-week wine kits are made with 100% varietal grape juice from country-specific vineyards and require extensive aging periods.
We have many different wine types, varietals, and series to choose from. Please explore our wine list to find a wine that's right for you.
The alcohol level in our wines range from 11% to 14.5%.
Each of our wines have sweetness indicators lisited for your convenience. White and blush wines can often be sweet, while the majority of red wines have a dry finish. Sweetness levels can always be adjusted up and down to fit your taste.
Once your wine is ready, it must be bottled and taken possession of within a reasonable length of time (30 days). This is required by law as well as by the availability of containers and space to put them in. It also important to note that wines do not begin the proper aging process until it has been bottled. Therefore the sooner this is done the sooner your wine can be enjoyed.
Tannin comes from the skins, seeds, and stems of the grapes and also from oak used during the making process. They can be perceived during wine tasting by the tactlie drying sensation and sense of bitterness that they can leave in the mouth. They are important in that they give wine its longevity and its character.
The fuller flavoured the food, the more full-bodied the wine should be. A simply prepared chicken can pair well with a light bodied white wine. If you add a rich cream sauce, then a medium to full-bodied white may be preferred.
Similar to how milk softens tea, cheese serves to round the tannic tastes of wine. Brie with sparkling wine is a great combination. Blue cheese overpowers most wines except ports and dessert wines.