Refine Your Own Wine
While the art of making fine wine is usually
left in the hands of seasoned winemakers in
places like Napa or Bordeaux, it really doesn’t
have to be. Anyone who has seen the movie
Bottle Shock knows that you never really
know where the next great wine will hail from.
Thanks to Netherlands-based designer
Sabine Marcelis, the next great winemaker
could very well be you!
Marcelis got the inspiration for her do-it-yourself winemaking kit while in New Zealand,
where “it is not so uncommon to brew your
own wine at home,” she writes. “While making
a batch of apple wine and grape wine, I carefully observed and recorded all the steps
needed to get it from fruit to bottle. I quickly
discovered some key problems with the
current techniques which make the process
both messy and unappealing.”
This all-in-one kit, called House Wine,
was used for her graduation design project,
and is as beautiful as it is easy to use. All
of the equipment needed for nurturing the
fermentation process, siphoning the wine,
and bottling and corking is stored within the
base of the unit. And the design is smart
enough that it makes items such as funnels,
bottle cleaners, and stirrers extraneous.
Less equipment also means fewer things
to sterilize and therefore less work.
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