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Reading Soda Works sells wine juice that is ready to ferment upon pick up. All the guesswork is taken out of producing the 6 gallon batch of wine, allowing winemakers the easiest form of home winemaking. All juice orders are pick up only at our retail store. General instructions for preparation can be found here.

Varieties and pricing may vary from year to year based on availability and harvest. Details will be available closer to harvest for the next order dates. Each 6-gallon pail ranges from approximately $55-65 each.

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR 2018: Our juice will NOT have yeast added. We will provide one packet of yeast for each pail, at no additional cost. There are several good reasons for not adding yeast:

  • To provide a better product and that is more stable prior to fermentation;
  • To give the winemaker more control to choose the yeast type;
  • To prevent premature fermentation: Yeast added to the juice has caused fermentation even under cold conditions. In some cases, yeast may die so the wine may end up on the sweet side making it difficult to ferment all the way dry. Premature fermenting may also cause trapped gasses in the juice.

Reds

  • Barbera– full fruity flavors, this wine has a minimal amount of tannins which means it will not be astringent. Taste perception can vary from fresh cherry to a plumy boldness.
  • Cabernet Franc– pronounced character, soft but distinct tannins and deep color, ages well. Usually blended with other grapes to produce a light to medium bodied wine. Fruitier than Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon– rich, intense wine that has aromas of deep berry fruits and flowers. Has a smooth lingering finish.
  • Carmenere– a deep colored full-bodied, dry and fruity red wine. Aromas of spice, jam, raspberry and dark chocolate with flavors of tobacco and fig.
  • Malbec– Makes a dry spicy wine. Powerful character with blackberry, plum, red pepper, sweet cherry, spice licorice, and deep bittersweet notes, almost like unsweetened chocolate or espresso.
  • Merlot– softer and fruitier than Cabernet Sauvignon but has many similar characteristics to it. It has black cherry, currant, cedar, and green olive tasting notes.
  • Petit Syrah– its blackberry and spice aromas make a robust wine with a dark inky color. Makes a well-balanced wine and can be described with scented flavors of carnations and violets.
  • Pinot Noir– aromas resembling black currant. Sweet fruitiness and low tannins. Aging brings out a spicy and smoky flavor. Its flavors are reminiscent of sweet red berries, plums, tomatoes, cherries.
  • Sangiovese– ruby red in color has a luscious red cherry character with hints of violets.
  • Syrah– A dark, rich color and has a ripeness that delivers a full zesty finish.
  • Zinfandel– a deep red, spicy, peppery wine with a hint of fruit flavors of berries or dark cherries.

Whites

  • Chardonnay– tasting notes of apples, pears, lemons, peaches and grapes.
  • Gewurztraminer– One of Germany’s best known varieties its name translates to “spice.” It is naturally high in sugar and well balanced in acidity. Typically off-dry with aromas of passion fruit and floral notes.
  • Moscatel Alejandria– has a sweet, floral aroma. Due to the high level of sugar it is commonly used for sweeter style wines. However, it can be used to make a wine with high alcohol.
  • Pinot Grigio– A soft, gently perfumed white with hints of honey nut to spicy musk. One of the most popular whites.
  • Riesling– A very aromatic grape variety that displays a flowery perfume. Usually makes a semi-sweet or dry wine. Fruit flavors may range from peach, green apple and citrus.
  • Sauvignon Blanc– light to medium-bodied dry wine that develops an herbaceous bouquet & spicy taste.
  • Thompson Seedless– a grape used to make sweet table wines. Has a greenish white color.
  • Viognier– intense fruitiness but shows a dry and aromatic finish.

Key:

  • Tannin(ic)-tannins are usually produced from the seeds of the grape (seed is 60% tannin.)
  • Astringent-Astringency is caused by tannins in the wine. Astringency is the dry characteristic sensed when drinking wine.