The Real Cost of Making Your Own Wine

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

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The Ex-Press Route

There's no romance to this, but you can use ready-to-go grape juice if you don't want to go through the whole process your first time out. What's lost in the thrill of creation you may gain back with a first attempt that's actually palatable.

$280: Four 5-gallon containers of California merlot --

$2,221: Running Tally