Wines have always been associated with celebrations. A wedding is not complete without a toast. Couples prefer champagne but have you ever heard of custom label wines?
Custom label wine is a new concept in winemaking. It allows regular people, to experience the wine making process. It lets you blend and bottle your wine. You can even design your desired wine label to personalize it for your occasion.
It will be a memorable and worthy experience to share with your better half before your wedding. You can use your personally blended wine in your wine toast and give to your guests as a unique keepsake from your wedding.
I remember the time we had a wine blending party at home. My fiancé and our best friends were all excited to try my discovery. The party was in full swing when the electricity broke down. It was disappointing until we visited the Electrician Atlanta official site. Their service was swift and efficient. I thought we were going to have a candle-lit wine blending party for the rest of the night.
You can purchase a wine kit from a custom label wine company to get you started. Atlanta has several wineries offering this kind of service. You can have the custom kit sent to you, or you may opt to schedule the blending right at the winery.
The basic wine custom kit contains the following materials that you will use for wine blending.
- At least four varietals of wine – Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
- Erlenmeyer flask
- Measuring Pipette
- Blending Guide
Also, prepare a wine key, wine stem and a pen and paper to take note of your favorite wine recipe. It may seem complicated and challenging, but the key here is to have fun. There is no right or wrong combination. It is about discovering the taste you love by experimenting with the different characteristic of the wine.
The things that make a wine distinct from each other are the following:
- Color – Notice how wine connoisseur does the swirl and tilt of glass? They are looking at the color of the wine. The color offers valuable information on the age and quality of the wine.
- Aroma – This accounts for 80% of the wine taste. Consider the aroma of your wine when you make your blends.
- Flavor – It all boils down to this. Blending helps you find out what your palate wants. The taste is the main reason why winery combines different varietal of wines.
- Texture – This is how the wine feels in your mouth. The following contributes to this:
- Body – this refers to the concentration and amount of alcohol in the wine.
- Acidity – this helps wine’s taste to match with food. Your wine will taste too sour if it has too much acidity.
- Tannin – this refers to the aging and structure of your wine. Too much tannin in your wine can make the wine feel dry and taste bitter. Adding a little Merlot and Grenache to your blend can reduce the tannin in wine.
Here are some reminders before you embark on your first wine blending activity.
- Invite few of your friends to taste your wine with you. They can offer valuable inputs about the wine you are making.
- Take very detailed notes about the proportions of your blend and the opinion of your tasters.
- Prepare more than enough wine stems and beakers to ensure that your measurements are accurate.
- Conduct blind test to increase objectivity. This way, the opinion of your taster would be free from bias.
- Spit after tasting. Remember that you are tasting not drinking, or else, you could get drunk.
It may sound technical, but the end goal is simply to find the blend of wine that you will cherish and enjoy. It is all about the overall experience of taste
Once you found your perfect blend, it is time to reproduce it. You can send your detailed notes to the winery where you got your kit so that they can start making your wine according to your specifications. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of writing down the details of your wine blending. You also need to decide on a label to personalize your bottle. The wine order can be shipped to your within a few weeks so make sure you submit your order way ahead of time.