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Do It Yourself Winemaking

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  • Publish Date: Sep 7, 2009

Maybe you live in the city, maybe you live in the burbs, or maybe you spend weekends out in the country. Either way, you more than likely don’t have a vineyard growing in your backyard. But don’t let that stop you from fulfilling your dream of making a wine with your initials as its name, or pouring your own carefully crafted blend with friends over dinner. A San Francisco/Bordeaux based urban winery, Crushpad, is bringing wine country to the people. Get as involved as you want. Source grapes from the vineyard of your choosing and show up for “the crush.” Alternatively, you can simply “adopt a barrel” with friends and mix the final blend. Either way Crushpad’s full-time winemaking team enables you to outsource the “hard work” of the fermentation process while enjoying the fun of deliberating critical decisions that will affect the outcome of your wine. Crushpad can help in label design and registration and will manage all the heavy lifting of bottling. Prices range from a few thousand dollars for some whites to tens of thousands of dollars per barrel for a To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet. No matter the cost, it’s less than building a winery…and the fun/bragging rights are priceless. To enter the world of winemaking go to

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