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The Best Wine Making Experience in Toronto

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I recently made my own wine at Bloor West Winery and I have to say that it was the best wine making experience in Toronto I have ever had. Being of Italian descent, my relatives, father, and grandfather have always made their own wine as purchasing bottles from the LCBO can get expensive very quickly. Moreover, if you do not know how to monitor and control the fermenting process then you will have gallons of vinegar before you know it!
 
I purchased the Winery Series Amarone, and the first thing I noticed was the scent of the juice when it came out of the bag. The staff was extremely helpful explaining the process to me and there was a strong emphasis on being hygienic. You purchase the juice, and then it gets stored for a few weeks in these buckets wrapped in plastic:
 
 
After this stage the fermenting process took 7 weeks before I went back for a visit to bottle the wine. They had already filtered the wine and put them in proper storage containers (they don't stay in the buckets). They took care of all of the maintenance during this process so all I really had to do during my second visit was bottle the wine, put the corks in (see image below), and apply the labels and covers for an esthetically nice product.
 
 
Once bottled they advise you to wait a minimum of 3 months before consuming, but 6 months or later is ideal for a better wine experience. I was impatient and eager to try the wine, so the staff suggested to let new wine air out for awhile (at least double the time of aged bottle wine), but informed me that it will taste a lot better once it has aged properly in the bottles. They also strongly advised me to store the bottles laying on their side, as keeping them upright can be problematic; corks can dry out or air can seep in and spoil the wine.
 
 
I am very satisfied with my purchase and will definitely go back for another order in the near future. You get about 30 bottles of wine per kit, which makes it a very cost effective wine making experience.