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Make-your-own wines: exploring the delicious varieties available

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Carafe Wine Makers in Hamilton, Ontario, offers you the chance to make your very own wine from scratch in their bright and modern winemaking workshop.

They have everything you could possibly need on hand, including bottle-washing, filling, corking and processing equipment. All you need to do is decide which style of wine to make.

Not sure where to start? Here’s a primer on the basic characteristics and flavour profiles of the types of wine you can make on-site at Carafe:

White wine

Can present a variety of fruity notes, including peach, pear, apple or tropical fruit. Some can be quite full-bodied, even buttery.

Chenin Blanc:
Higher in acidity, this light- to medium-bodied wine can be dry or sweet. The dry type may remind you of a tart apple, whereas sweet Chenin Blanc may evoke honey and floral notes.

Pinot Grigio:
With deep colours and low acidity, Pinot Grigio tends to have notes of fruit rinds, such as orange peel and pear skins.

Usually offers a refreshing peach, citrus or even floral aroma, plus a little acidity. Can be made dry, off-dry or sweet.

Sauvignon Blanc:
Can be grassy or sweet and tropical, depending on the region and climate the grapes are grown in. It has a higher acidity, with green flavours such as grass, green pepper, nettles, and some tropical fruit.

A light and easy-drinking table wine that gets more complicated when aged. It is fresh and acidic, often with citrusy flavours like grapefruit and lemon.

Red wine

Made from Nebbiolo grapes and highly regarded, this wine is robust, full-bodied, dry and acidic. The aroma may remind you of strawberries, roses or violets.

Cabernet Sauvignon:
Deep in colour, popular Cabernet Sauvignon is only mildly acidic and offers an aroma of spices and blackcurrants.

Known to be easy drinking, soft and luscious, Merlot often presents as smooth and well-rounded. May taste of plums.

Pinot Noir
In young wines, the aroma often calls to mind strawberries, cherries and raspberries. As it ages, it develops in complexity and takes on a more earthy quality.

This full-bodied wine offers bright fruit flavours like blueberries, black cherries and blackcurrants. Can also be a little spicy or peppery.

With aromas of blueberries and bananas, this is a bright and fruity wine with a note of sour cherry.

Learn more about Carafe’s featured wines on their website.

For more information, please visit Carafe Wine Makers at, follow them on Facebook or call 905-574-7666. The store is located at 1024 Upper Wentworth Street, Unit 6, in Hamilton, Ontario.

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