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Vino Italiano Wine Kit – Montepulciano
You cannot beat the Vino Italiano Kits. They are complete with everything, delivered to your door with free shipping, and they make a really good wine. Let me back up and say first that a wine I like may not be good to someone else. We each have our own preferences. I’ve had many a wine served up at restaurants with price ranges of $10 to $100 a bottle. And the wine I am making now I like better than pretty much anything I’ve tasted from the restaurant, or the store.
I have tried the Valpolicella, Shiraz, Reisling and the Montepulciano from Vino Italiano. I have made a couple merlots, some white zinfandels also, but from other companies. I prefer the reds, and made the others because my kids requested.
I’ll typically, but not always, spike the kit with additional sugar to up the alcohol content slightly. If you follow the instructions, the initial specific gravity comes out around 1.080-1.084. By adding a couple pounds of sugar in the form of corn syrup or simple syrup, you get to around 1.09 or better. That usually will give a final ABV of 11.5 – 12%. Other things that I do outside of the kit instructions include adding 1 cup of black oak chips, 1-2 tbsp of vanilla extract, and a lb or two of some black cherries, blue berries or black berries (found in the frozen foods section at the store). Lastly, I like my wine not so dry, so I’ll back sweeten just as I am bottling. Again using corn syrup and usually between 8 – 16 oz per 6 gallons. To me the corn syrup seems to be better than simple syrup, but that’s just my preference.
I love the stuff. Currently my production is having a hard time keeping up with my consumption. Cheers.
Vino Italiano – A Quality Economy Wine Kit
A couple of hints to better appreciate these Vino Italiano wine kits:
1. Have realistic expectations. These kits make a nice light to medium-bodied wine. Beautifully red and brilliant in the glass, they are light and food friendy wines (and not necessarily great representations of their varietal). But if you’re expecting something full-bodied and inky dark like a Napa Cabernet, you’re setting yourself up to be disappointed. Keep in mind, this bottle of wine cost you $1.50 to make. (The cost of bottles doesn’t count … you can reuse them over and over – stay green!)
2. These wines will improve with time in the bottle. While it’s hard to resist dipping into your supply for weekly tastings, six months to a year in the bottle will make for a much nicer, less green-tasting wine.
I’ll add more to this review after I bottle this wine, but I will say that it is drinking better than the Valpolicella did at this early stage. Less dry than the Valpolicella with a nice balance of both fruit and tannins. I think I’ll be proud to call this Rosso Magnifico my “house red.”
Not bad for the money!!
All in all, this wine is a winner to me, and everyone who has tried it has given it a thumbs up. The oak gave it the soft buttery and vanilla flavors which I have always loved in a Chard.. If you are not a fan of oaky Chards, and decide to make this, please post your results without using oak. I am interested to see if the oak added significantly more character to this wine or not. For the money, I think this is a steal!! Especially since it comes with corks, shrink capsules and labels!!!
I will definatley be ordering this kit regularly, and already have orders for more bottles!!
Rosso Magnifico – Excellent Wine at 5 Gallons!
This wine, Tuscany Rosso Magnifico, is quite fantastic. I made it at 5 gallons by putting in all of the juice concentrate, but only re-constituting with water up to the 5 gallon mark. I also added 30 Grams of Oak Chips. Now, I personally don’t like a lot of oak in a wine. For that reason, I don’t like many commercial wines… 30 Grams of Oak is enough not to actually taste excessive oak, but have a better mouth feel. I got the oak from a home brew close to where I live. Medium Toasted Oak. Again, it is just my opinion, but less is more with the oak… You should trust your tongue, and not worry about what others say. You can always add more oak, you can’t take it away…
I put the oak in the carboy for the secondary fermentation. Not in the bucket. I learned that from copying a Mosti Mondale kit. Some kits but oak dust in the primary… So far, I have had good luck with the oak chips in the secondary.
The wine does taste much better, if you let it sit in the bottle 6 months after you bottle it. But, you will most likely not be able to wait that long…. Put 3 or 4 bottles away to age, if you can’t wait for the whole batch…
I am putting a video series up on YouTube, that shows you how easy it is to make this kit. Search for Sicilian Prince and vino italiano, and you should find my videos. It may be helpful if you never did it, to look at the process and once you see it, you will be confident that you can do it…
You will need some equipment to do this, but you don’t need more than a beginner equipment kit to be successful. Once you do it, you will be hooked… I typically do two or three at a time… At the time of this writing, I am doing WE Nero D’Avalo, WE Chocolate Raspberry Port, Vino Italiano Merlot. When I get a free carboy, I will do the Rosso Magnifico again. Mrs.Claus got it to me for Christmas.
By the way, everyone who has tried my Rosso Magnifico loves it…
See what I mean. You will get hooked…
I hope this review helps some of you out there.
Basic review of Vino Italiano kits
I have bought many of the vino italiano kits and this is a general review of all with some tips that may help others.
First if you haven’t signed up for Amazon Prime do it I save over 100 dollars shipping above the 79$ fee per year.
Now lets start with white wines since Verdicchio is a white. Follow the instructions and make sure all equipment is clean and sterile. I use Star-San sanitizer it works well and fast but I do rinse with clean boiled water after sanitizing to eliminate any after taste from the sanitizer. If you want to add sugar or honey to the primary fermentation phase mix it with water and boil it first. I know some don’t but sooner or later it will give them a wine vinegar instead of wine. Always take a beginning secondary and ending hydrometer reading. I use Super-Kleer KC Finings to clear before bottling it is faster then the stuff that comes with the kit. Amazon also sells american oak chips. I put about a half cup in my primary fermentation phase. Now when you are ready to bottle taste your wine, if it is too tart for you add a sweetener Wine Conditioner by RJ Spagnols will do and Amazon sells it prime eligible. If you want a higher alcohol content you can fortify white wine with vodka or gin or any other white alcohol, white lightening would do if you know a moon shiner.
Red wines all the above tips apply. I really liked the Barolo by Vino Italiano that I made with 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of oak chips added to primary fermentation. I think the next time I will play with it and make an Italian Port by adding a sweetener and some brandy to fortify it after it is finished. It should work out because it has a great taste to start with.
Oh, BTW I alway make the full 6 gallons and boost my ABV by adding either sugar or honey in the primary stage. I know this is a long review and I hope Amazon lets it go through because it might help someone.
Shocked how good this was
I like a very oak flavored Chardonnay and this kit contains no oak. That is the only reason that I am ranking this kit as a 4 star instead of a 5. I hope that Amazon continues to sell Vino Italiano kits. I would to try out the red and see how they compare to the much more expensive Vino del Vido and Mosti Mondial red wines that I have made.
Based on my results thus far, I would recommend this kit. I will add more information to this review if I am able to later.
Update June, 2011: Just opened one of my last bottles. It keeps getting better. Very smooth, very good flavor. I am ordering another kit.
Excellent Dark Red Wine
Jury is out. NOTE- YOU NEED EQUIPMENT TO BREW THIS
For the price, it’ll be a decent wine if it mellows out a bit in the bottle. As of bottling the wine is highly acidic (but, again, that’s probably due to the higher concentration); it has a nice deep rich burgundy color; it’s crystal clear with no signs of oxidation or residual sediment. I did not filter but I carefully racked during the final stage to ensure that no sediment made it into the bottles. The jury is still out on this wine, but, overall, I’m still a fan of the Vino Italiano kits. You can’t beat the price.
Oh, and if you’re new to making wine from kits- this kit only includes the ingredients (grape concentrate, additives, plus corks, labels and shrink wrap closures) to make the wine. You will still need to invest another $70, or more, in the wine-making equipment. You will need: A 7 gallon Primary fermenter, 6 gallon carboy, siphon hoses, hydrometer, wine thief, container to hold wine during testing; 30 wine bottles (bottles you drank already work fine, mostly, if sterile and clean); an air lock (inexpensive); sterilizer (campden tablets or “Easy Clean”); a bottle filler (recommended and also cheap) hand corker and, preferably, a brew belt (to maintain proper temperature during primary fermentation). Visit your local home brew shop and they’ll show you what you need. Or, visit midwestsupplies.com for mail order supplies. Their prices are competitive. So far I’ve done 3 kits, made Sangria wine from organic Concord grape juice, and now I’m working on some Cab Sav from juice I picked up at a local vineyard. BEWARE: this is addictive and can be both frustrating and incredibly rewarding. Good luck!
P.S. Of the three kits I’ve done, I’ve been most happy with the Vintner’s Reserve World Vineyard Collection California Red Zinfandel/Shiraz at $80.00. At that price it works out to about $2.75 a bottle (not counting initial equipment costs). So if you’re contemplating spending a little extra for a “nicer” kit, I say go for it.
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