At Noontime Labels, our motto is “You make wine, we make labels.” But actually, we don’t only design and print custom wine labels… we make wine too. In fact lately, there’s lots of homemade wine at Noontime Labels!
As I mentioned in a recent post about our wine, Mrs. Noontime and I are trying to get ahead of the curve. We’re making a lot of wine, so we can finally have enough to age. Once we have a healthy surplus, we can slow down a bit.
Though I have to admit, making this much wine is a lot of fun! I’m not sure I’m going to want to slow down. I think we may just keep going until we run out of space.
Here’s the homemade wine at Noontime Labels Winery.
In the Primary Fermenters:
Reserve Du Chateau Australian Cabernet Shiraz kit, 6 gallons. Just started this one yesterday. I doctored it a bit, including adding some Zinfandel concentrate to kick up the potential alcohol from 11% to 12% and adding some medium-toast French oak. This was an inexpensive kit from Amazon, but has the potential to be a pleasant table wine.
Mojito wine, 6 gallons. A personal recipe for a slightly sweet, minty, refreshing lemon/lime wine. I’m tweaking the recipe a bit for this batch, so we’ll see how it turns out.
Ancient Orange Mead, 3 gallons. Our first mead! Mrs. Noontime has wanted to make mead for a long time, and finally decided to go for it. She picked out the recipe, did the research, and is in charge of this one. We used local orange blossom honey, and it smells amazing. Can’t wait for this one to be done!
Bulk Aging in Carboys:
Cellar Craft Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel kit, 3 gallons. I started this 6 gallon kit in 2012. After letting it sit on some Hungarian oak for a few months, I wasn’t very happy with how it tasted. So I bottled half of it early this year, crossing my fingers and hoping that the oak will smooth out. The rest of it is going to become a Port-style fortified wine this summer, much to the delight of Mrs. Noontime.
Faux sherry, 4 gallons. This has been in a carboy for over 3 years, and is turning out to be quite nice. We’ll bottle this one soon.
Fruit concentrate wine, 6 gallons. This is made out of various cans of frozen fruit concentrate. The recipe is one of the first wines I made several years ago, and I’ve made it a few times since; always tweaking and experimenting with each new batch. It tastes great young, and ages nicely.
Banana wine, 3 gallons. I love bananas, and it just sounds good, so why not? It’s an experiment. It’s clearing nicely, and is a beautiful, golden color.
Sweet potato wine, 5 gallons. Seriously, don’t ask me, this one is Mrs. Noontime’s idea. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.
Pineapple wine, 6 gallons. Another one of Mrs. Noontime’s projects, but this one sounds pretty good. I think it might blend well with the banana wine, also.
Cellar Craft Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel kit, 6 gallons. Yes, another one! This one is just a few weeks old. This time I added medium toast French oak chips to the primary fermentation, and I already like how it’s progressing.
Winexpert Moscato kit, 6 gallons. We both love Moscato for those warm summer days (and warm winter days here in Florida), so when Mrs. Noontime saw this kit on sale at one of our local winemaking stores, she snatched it up. I must say, Winexpert has the best kit instructions I’ve ever seen… great job Tim.
Mrs. Noontime plans to start a wild honey show mead next week. After that, we have a Reserve Du Chateau Pinot Grigio kit ready to go. I think after we get these into carboys, we’re going to have to concentrate on bottling for a while.
That’s all of the homemade wine at Noontime Labels – at least for the moment. What wines are you making at home? Let us know in the comments.