About Me: Helping You Make Delicious Homemade Wine, One Batch at a Time.

How do these things even get started?

You know... our love, or passion for something.

It's weird how it just grabs a hold right out of the blue. At least that's how it was with me.

I'm Tristan.

And I love to make wine at home.

But more importantly, I'd love to share my years of wine making experience with you! So you don't have to make the same mistakes that I did when I started out making my first few batches.

Lost in the World of Wine?

Ever get started on something and sort of get lost part way through? Yup, been there too.

My goal is to make this website so user-friendly that help is always easy to find. I remember having a ton of questions when I first started out, and I intend to answer all of yours as you move along in this crazy awesome hobby!

Every batch of wine is different. And there is a learning curve of course.

But you should be able to craft some scrumptious wines the very first time you make wine. I can help you with that. I'll lay out the steps you need, to make each type of wine that you'd like to make... 

Wine that will tease your senses, slide over and around your tongue like magic, bursting with fruity flavors.

Over the years I came to the realization that attention to detail when it comes to wine making, was the most important part. 

I'm no Émile Peynaud - I'm not an expert. And I don't have generations of wine making in my blood.

But I learned the wine making craft to the best of my abilities. I've made it in the kitchen, the laundry room, and of course the basement. So I think you'll be able to relate to how I do things around here, when it comes to wine making.

I learned how to craft some real beauties... so can you! I hope you'll join me in this fun, rewarding hobby.

I Come to the Conclusion that Wine Making is Taking Over My Life

When I first starting crafting wine with my own hands, I didn't know that it could taste this darn good. But all that changed.

As well as something else: Did you know that you can make premium wines for insanely cheap?

Yeah, neither did I. I'm talking about super lick-smacking delicious wines that will compete with almost anything you can find in retail, without the hefty pricetag. If you pay attention to detail.

When I look back, it's crazy to think about. And where did all of that savory wine go that I've been making all these years? :)

Once I understood the process and made a few batches, I simply scaled up and handcrafted some beautiful wines in larger batch sizes! I was hooked. Bad.

Tasting, Testing and Wine Storage

It wasn't long into my wine making hobby that I found out - balance is everything in wine. Without it, the wine could taste dull and flat, or way too sharp and acidic. And there's also astringency and tannin levels to consider.

Wine tasting and testing is all part of the process. I started doing that a lot as I made wine. It really helped me to develop my palate too, which made me a better winemaker.

Once I started making 5-gallon batches and larger, I should have been thinking about proper wine storage. I neglected doing that initially. Big mistake.

I had cases of bottles everywhere. Most of them with no labels. And I soon lost track of what wines were where.

Compounding this problem was the fact that I was plucking wines out to drink, so, many of the cases were partially empty. And I wasn't really paying too much attention to the fluctuating temperatures where I had my wine stored either.

I paid for that. But I learned. No greater teacher than experience to drive home the message.

Needless to say, I had to learn all about wine cellar design and bottle management, including software. So I can give you some pointers on that.

I'll show you how to do your bottle labeling and shrink capsules properly so they really stand out too. The bottles look so much more appealing when they're all dressed up. Especially when company comes over.

So, all this to say, I made a lot of boo-boo's.

I struggled in places during the process because I either couldn't find the information, or I didn't find the info I needed soon enough. 

Clicking my way around the internet one day, I was browsing some wine kits online and other wine websites as well. 

That seemed to plant the germ of an idea, and the journey began... 

That was many years ago, and a whole pile of mistakes later - I realized something.

I could help others make awesome wine. With my own website! Which eventually evolved into a web-business.

You can read about that here  if you're interested.

By doing this, I could get others off to a much better start than I had. By collecting the important information and putting it all into one place to make it easy to follow. This would include tips, to help avoid the pitfalls of making bad wine that I had fallen into.

As a result... 

I decided on my mission:

  • to make it a breeze to learn how to craft homemade wine that's as good or better than what you buy retail. And discover new ways to enjoy it along the way.

That's where the steps come in. And the best way to learn - is one at a time.

Well, I can't say enough good things about this hobby. It sort of takes you in unexpected directions sometimes. Like:

  • food - pairings or cooking with wine
  • vacations - many types of tours 
  • wine making clubs and more

I hope you'll follow along with me, and make some of your own tasty wines. It's exciting, fruitful (no pun intended ;-), and chock full of history!

image of me with a glass of red wine in front of "old faithfull", my wine press!


Tristan Burke