As technology continues to evolve at lightning speed, many people take comfort in hobbies that they can enjoy away from the computer and television. Video games, Netflix, and Angry Birds are fun, but the simpler things in life are also a great way to enjoy and pass the time. A unique hobby that you may not have heard of yet involves something you most certainly have… wine.
Wine making kits have been increasing in popularity in recent years. Much like home brewing kits where people can brew their own beer, wine kits give people the satisfaction of creating their favorite drink from scratch (well, almost).
Many people make their own wine as a hobby. Sure, millions of people enjoy sipping on a glass of wine, but it takes a certain type of individual to want to make their own. The process is time-consuming, yet incredibly rewarding when you can finally sit down and reap the benefits of your work. Many home wine makers have stated that the wine they make is often better than store-bought ones.
When purchasing your own kit, it is important to make sure it contains everything you need to make your wine. Some kits provide some, but not all, of the equipment and ingredients to create it. You also want thorough manuals and a short DVD explaining the process a bit. Many new wine makers feel like they are in over their heads, so the more concise the instructions, the better. Price is also a major selling point for wine kits. You can find starter kits that have it all for under $100, but if you really want to make the good stuff, you will have to shell out some serious amount of money.
In a society where there is a huge markup on wine at restaurants, having a cheaper option is always nice. It is not uncommon to see a bottle for $38 on a restaurant menu and discover that same bottle in a grocery or liquor store sells for $6. People who are trying to live the frugal lifestyle will love having their own kit that churns out 6 gallons of wine. Not only will it save money, but it is very convenient to be able to make wine in your own home. Then, you can just pick your favorite BYOB restaurant and take your very own bottle of wine with you. It is also a great conversation starter at parties!
So, besides saving money and passing the time, what else is there to creating your own wine? Ask anyone who has made a batch and you will quickly find the answer: it’s just plain fun! No one really considers making wine until they know it is an option; to them, wine is just something to drink while relaxing. Your friends and family will be quite impressed when you show them the 6 gallon batch of wine you created.
Next time you balk at the price of wine in stores or restaurants, consider purchasing your own wine kit. Whether you are a fan of red or white wine, there is the right kit out there for you. The Baby Boom generation is especially fond of wine and relaxation, so if you are struggling for a gift idea for someone in need of a new hobby, you now know what to get them! (Add it to your holiday gift list, and thank me later.)
*Thanks to the Grape and Granary for sponsoring this great idea!