The Real Cost of Making Your Own Wine

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

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If that all sounds too involved, you can learn the process, from crushing to corking, at such places as the Boston Winery, where you'll learn from winemaking masters who include Ralph Bruno, the 74-year-old founder. You can keep your wine in an oak barrel there for as long as three years. In the end, you won't have the same pride of ownership as if you'd done it all at home yourself, but you'll have some quality control, won't take up garage space or denigrate the wine by storing it next to the kids' old Playskool toys.

$3,500: One barrel of wine made from a blend of grapes; yields 288 bottles -- Boston Winery (Other custom-crush wineries includes the New York Distilling Company in Brooklyn and BYOB Winery in Seattle.)

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