The Self-Sufficient Wino

This morning’s Daily Candy brings news of a truly exciting development. The owners of Dorchester restaurant Venezia have opened Boston Winery, an interactive winery where the customer may produce his or her own wine.

Here’s how it works. You order the variety of grapes you fancy (we’d go for the Sauvignon Blanc) and then start the winemaking process in September, with de-stemming and crushing the grapes. Boston Winery’s fleet of experts is there to guide you each step of the way, so there’s no need to be intimidated. After fermentation, you press your crush. This sounds to us like something from high school, but apparently, it just refers to the process of filling your barrel(s). In January, you remove sediment, clean your barrel and top it off. Finally, in August, you get to fill and cork your bottles and label them. You then have 240 bottles of your own custom-made wine. 240 bottles! That’s your Christmas gifts taken care of right there. The cost (between $2650-6000) seems steep, but given the amount of wine you get and the sheer awesomeness of having your own personal wine, we think it sounds pretty worth it for those who have that kind of disposable income.

Spin the Bottle [Daily Candy]
Venezia [Official Site]
Boston Winery [Official Site]

The Self-Sufficient Wino