Merlot is one of the most popular new world wines out there at the moment. Despite the bad press the cult film sideways gave this variety of grape, this is still a fantastic all round wine. The key areas producing excellent examples of this wine are the vineyards of Napa, and the South American wine exporters in Chile and Argentina. When you are drinking merlot it warrants having a nice wine goblet to enjoy it out of. There are lots of different types of wine goblets out there on the market today, so you want to get a really great one to enjoy your wine out of. The first type of goblet we are going to consider for your merlot is a crystal wine goblet. These types of goblet are particularly great way to serve this wine at an elegant dinner party. The clean cut glass enables you to analyze the color and legs of the wine easily. You can go for something a little different and get a pewter wine goblet. I always think that red wines look great against the dull grey color of the pewter. These are certainly different and the feeling of metal against the mouth brings a new dimension to enjoying this type of wine. There is some equipment you will need to make the process easy. You will need a primary fermenter, carboy, siphon, hydrometer (absolutely a must in wine making) and a few other items. You can buy a winemaking starter kit which includes all the necessary tools you need Wine is basically yeast converting the sugars in your liquid to alcohol. The more sugar, the higher the alcohol content of your wine. But a package of yeast can only convert just so much sugar before it dies. So the proper ratio is a must. First and foremost, is cleanliness. Remember mother always said, “cleanliness is next to Godliness”. Well when making wine, the same is true. You must make sure that all equipment and your work area has been completely sanitized. You can make your wine with grapes, juices or even fresh or frozen fruit. The choice is yours. If you are just starting out, I recommend using a pre-packaged wine concentrate kit. These make the most fool-proof wines around. They come with proper additives for the juice and complete instructions. You can make everything from a Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Chianti, Riesling, Merlot, Shiraz and many more. Most wine making kits will make a 5 gallon batch of wine which equates to about 25 – 750 ml bottles. It sounds like a lot of wine doesn’t it? Guess what it isn’t! Fact is you will run out before you know it. For something unexpected, you can serve your Merlot in a wooden goblet. The warmth and texture of the wood is great for serving this wine in, and it can actually enhance your enjoyment of the wine. If you are going to buy wooden goblets makes sure that you get ones that are handmade from a single piece of wood so that they are nice and strong.
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