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Make your own wine: Winter wine fun in southern New Hampshire

These grapes could be made into wine...by you!
These grapes could be made into wine...by you!
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Looking for something new and fun to do while you’re waiting for spring to arrive? Grab your sweetie or some friends and go make your own wine! Two companies right here in southern New Hampshire are making it easy for you to make your very own wine at budget prices.
The Vintner’s Cellar in Bedford offers a choice of over 40 different wines including red, white, dessert and specialty wines. Your package includes a wine tasting for up to 4 people, wine education, a tour of the winery, bottles, corks, and a custom wine label. Prices start at $198 for 24 750mL bottles, or about $8.25/bottle. Split between 4 people, $50 is fairly reasonable for 6 bottles of wine plus the fun of making it yourself!
IncrediBREW in Nashua offers 20 different varieties of wine, including red, white, blush and champagne. Prices vary depending on the type of wine you choose, and vary from $140-$190 for between 27 and 30 750mL bottles. Bottles cost $1.50 each, so add about $40 to your total for the bottles. This brings the cost per bottle to between $6.70 and $7.83 per bottle. IncrediBREW also offers custom labels for an additional $15. You should put aside about 45 minutes for the first night of wine making, then about an hour to come back and bottle it, typically 4-6 weeks later. This will give you plenty of time to find some great recipes to compliment your wine!
Both companies offer a wide variety of events and specials, including tastings. The Vintner’s Cellar offers “Blind Tasting Wednesdays” every Wednesday from 5-7pm, where for $25 per person you can taste 4 different “mystery wines”, enjoy some light snacks and take home a bottle of your favorite wine from the tasting. The Vintner’s Cellar will also be hosting a Valentine’s chocolate and wine tasting on Friday February 12th and Saturday February 13th at both 6 and 8pm. This event also costs $25 per person, and features 5 different truffles paired with wines, finishing with a Chocolate Port.
IncrediBREW offers many different specials each month, including “Spit a Batch of Pinot Grigio” on Saturday, February 20 at 11am. At this event, you will get 10 bottles of Pinot Grigio for $70, bottles included. Additionally, the Animal Rescue League Winefest will be held on Friday, March 5 at 7pm. At this event you will help make, bottle and label the wines made on site, enjoy some light snacks, and take home a variety 6-pack of wines. The price for this event is $60, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire.  Call ahead, as reservations are often necessary at these events, and events may fill up quickly!  Have fun!

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