The Real Cost of Making Your Own Wine

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-02-09T19:04:50Z

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Feet of Wrath

Winemaking can be a full-body experience. James Corrado, a winemaker who runs Corrado's Market in Clifton, N.J., lets his kids stomp around in large plastic tubs full of grapes for two hours. Corrado says electric crushers can bruise grape stems, releasing a bitter taste. Feet are soft enough not to damage the stems. If that's too much bacchanalia for you, an electric crusher will let you crush enough grapes and remove the stems for 200 bottles in 15 minutes.

$850: Motorized grape crusher and de-stemmer (A manual one costs $450. You can rent for less.) -- oakbarrel.com
$750: 500 pounds of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes (enough for 200 bottles) -- Alexander Valley
$16: Two Rubbermaid 18-gallon tubs -- homedepot.com

$1,616: Running Tally

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