Frequently Asked Questions

Q - Am I taxed on the wine I make?
A - Both Federal and State Regulations allow adults, without payment of tax, to produce wine for personal or family use and not for sale.

Q - How much wine can I make?
A - The total amount of wine that may be produced exempt from tax with respect to any household may not exceed (1) 200 gallons per calendar year for a household in which two or more adults, reside, or (2) 100 gallons per calendar year if there is only one adult residing in the household.

Q - Can I sample my wine as it is being made?
A - Yes, but you must be at least 21.

Q - How do I remove labels from my recycled wine bottles?
A - Soak your bottles in a sink (or bucket) of warm water for 1 to 2 hours. Some labels will simply slide off bottles, others will need to be scraped off. Use a Scotch Brite scrubbing pad to remove the residual paper and glue and Goo Gone on the really stubborn ones.

Q - Why do we chill wine?
A - Chilling tones down the sweetness of wine. If a red wine becomes too warm, it may lose some of its fruity flavor.

Q - Should I use a decanter for my wines?
A - A decanter is used mainly to remove sediment from older red wines. Also, it can be used to open up young red wines. Otherwise, wine will "breathe" enough in your glass and decanting is not necessary.

Q - Why should I swirl wine in my glass before I drink it?
A - By swirling your wine, oxygen is invited into the glass, which allows the aromas to escape.

Q - Why do we store wine on their sides?
A - To keep the cork moist and prevent air from entering the bottle.