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The Real Cost of Making Your Own Wine

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

Photograph by Charles O'Rear/Corbis

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Hard Pressed

Grape juice alone isn't enough for great wine. Add depth by pressing even more juice from the grape skins. Beware, though, of pressing too much and releasing to much tannin into the juice. When Barbara Bentley and Rex Johnston of Northern California, decided to make red wine years ago, they pressed their grapes for hours to squeeze every bit of juice out of them. It didn't do much good. "The juice tasted like wood," says Barbara. "I spat it out." Adding a little gelatin saved the wine, in this case. If that hadn't worked, it wouldn't have been a complete disaster: Grape skins make great fertilizer.

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