Homemade Wine

All of the content from this blog is now part of homemadewine.net…pop on over and visit!



Ok, so I know it’s been like a year I have been promising this, but I finally have all the homemadewine.net recipes, the tutorial and new recipes compiled and in PDF and Print form! WOOO HOO! And, as the Farm grows and my time becomes shorter for “fun” things I have had to make the decision to move the entire kit and kaboodle to the farm website. I know this will be an adjustment for many of you have bookmarks so I will leave this blog intact, but! The Homemadewine.net website is now part of The Farm at Nanticoke creek.

Look at it as a good thing…not only do you have all the homemadewine.net stuff, but you get all sorts of new things too!


Our first video…How to make great cordials for Gift Giving will be released VERY SOON. We hope to have it on ITunes and UTube along with the website so be sure to look for it.

Now what are you waiting for? Come on over to the Farm!


Here in Upstate NY we are busy getting ready to start our 2008 wines. Such an exciting time! We would love to here what other are starting right now…shoot us a line and let us know!

Coming soon! The first ever podcasts and youtube broadcasts from homemadewine.net! Yes visitors, you can finally see us in action. Not sure if that is a good thing or bad thing! Colleen will also be hosting a weekly online broadcast where she cooks with a homemade wine right from our own reserves.

California Juices for wine making

Here is the list and pricing, you must have your order and payment in to me on or before September 5th, 2008.:

Alicante Bouschet – $51.50
Barbera – $49.75
Burgandy – $50.75
Cabernet Franc – $ 49.75
Cabernet Sauvignon – $53.50
Chianti – $ 50.75
Malvoise black – $49.75
Merlot – $ 53.00
Mixed Black – $50.75
Nebbiolo – $ 53.75
Pinot Noir – $58.75
Petite Syrah – $ 55.25
Sangiovese – $50.75
Syrah – $53.50
Zinfandel – $ 52.75

Chablis – $47.50
Chardonnay – $57.00
French Columbard – $50.75
Muscat – $50.25
Riesling – $56.50
Sauvignon Blanc  $50.75
Thompson Seedless – $57.50
Trebbiano – $50.25
White Zinfandel – $49.00

All are 6 gallon pails of California Juice. Each 6 gallon pail yields approximately 25-27 .750 mil bottles of finished wine. Prices include delivery to our farm.

You will need to place and pay for your order (we accept payments via paypal for credit card, debit and cash transactions). You will pick it up here approximately two weeks later. It is usually on a Saturday and I will email you as soon as I have our firm arrival date.

With juice kits reaching $70+ for 1-1/2 gallons, I think you’ll see the savings you get by ordering the bulk juice. We have used and tasted each varietal offered and all have produced excellent quality wines.

Homemade Wine makers in the Tier, I have the list of juices and prices in my hot little hands so drop by the farm website at www.farmatnanticokecreek.com for ordering info. Here are some of the varietals, these are all 6 gallon pails of juice.


Alicante Bouschet
Cabernet Franc
Pinot Noir


Chardonnay (our 2007 came out fabulously)
Sauvignon Blanc

There are many others and they begin at $50.00 per pail, each pail will result in 25-30 .750 bottles of wine. We estimate that our cost per bottle for first timers (who will need to buy equipment) will be around $3.00 per bottle. After that you’ll have your juice costs and the nominal costs for the additives you’ll need for stabilization and sanitation.

The satisfaction of making it and enjoying the fruits of your labor…priceless.

Pick up will be here at the farm and orders and payment need to be received here by September 5th, 2008.

Wine making at home 101

Here is a link to our tutorial at Homemadewine.net. While there are parts that seems difficult I can assure you that the process is a simple mix, pour and measure that done once, will leave you with all the skills you need to make wonderful wine.

The equipment list and tutorial

It is almost that time of year…for juice orders that is!

I will have the list and the pricing at the end of the week. There is a 10 day window to get your order back to me and there is a limited amount you can purchase. Payment will need to be received with your order and I can except Paypal (credit card or reg. paypal), money order or cash. No personal checks please….there isn’t time to make sure they clear…you know the drill.

If you have questions please feel free to email me. Thanks!

Corn season is just starting to hit high gear around Broome County. So what do you do with all those corn cobs you have left after you strip them for those luscious corn salads? Make corn Cob wine!

You really didn’t think I was going to tell you to just throw them away did you?!?!? Silly people…Waste not, want not, and this is actually very tasty! This is a fast, easy recipe that is a perfect introduction into the home wine making process.

Corn Cob Wine

Yield: One Gallon US

1 dozen raw corn cobs
1 gallon boiling water
2 pkgs yeast
9 cups of sugar

Instructions: 1. Place cobs in a container and pour boiling water over them.

2. Cover loosely with cheesecloth or a dish towel and let stand for 24 hours.

3. Remove the cobs and add the yeast and sugar.

4. Cover loosely again and let stand for 9 days.

5. Strain through cheesecloth, cover loosely, and store in a moderately cool place until it is fermented, which may take as long as 10 weeks.

6. Bottle and enjoy!

So what are you going to do with all that delicious sweet corn you stripped to get those cobs? How about a wonderful salad that is crunchy sweet and perfect paired with some gorgeous chops from McRey Farm or Laughing Crow farm or one of the others locally that have sweet, succulant Tamworth (and other heritage breeds) pork.

Corn and Black Bean Salad

1 can cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups fresh corn kernels, steamed briefly and cooled
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon minced parsley
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Toss together ingredients, except pepper and then generously season to taste. Cover and refrigerate. This salad improves upon sitting, best if made the day before.

Fresh Corn Salad

1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh Florida parsley, chopped fine

1 pound salad greens, mixed
1 avocado, large cubes
1/2 cup black beans, cooked and rinsed
1/2 cup corn kernels, cooked
1/2 cup papaya, chopped or sliced

1.    Combine first seven ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate.

2.    Place prepared salad greens, avocado, black beans, corn kernels, and papaya in salad bowl.

3.    Pour dressing over salad and serve.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

So now you are armed with some fun things to try, please drop me a note or leave a comment if you try them!


The Farm at Nanticoke Creek

The Farm at Nanticoke Creek, is a small family farm in the Southern Tier of New York. Heritage breeds of waterfowl, poultry and game birds are raised, using 100% organic farming methods and pasturing.

Colleen has a long time love of food, wine, art and design and hosts the internet’s oldest, and favorite resource for the home wine maker at HomeMadeWine.net.
Her blog and websites are viewed by thousands each day who enjoy her recipes, photographs and helpful kitchen tips.

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