Vino del Vida kits

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Vino del Vida kits

Post by Brandon » Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:29 am

Anyone ever used one of these Vino del Vida win kits? How was the final product?
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Post by BrewBum » Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:49 am

They are ok, they are highly concentrated so you don't get as much complexity as if you had a higher volume of juice but they work. RJ Spagnols and Wine Expert both make very good kits and I have a hard time telling much difference. I have placed in competitions with wines from both companies.
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Post by Brandon » Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:22 am

BrewBum wrote:They are ok, they are highly concentrated so you don't get as much complexity as if you had a higher volume of juice but they work. RJ Spagnols and Wine Expert both make very good kits and I have a hard time telling much difference. I have placed in competitions with wines from both companies.



Thats what I thought. Thanks. I have done 3 Wine Expert kits all were great
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Re: Vino del Vida kits

Post by tookalisten » Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:54 pm

Brandon,
I have done several of the Vino del Vida kits (Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sav. Blanc, Red Zin). I think they definitely need to be aged more than the higher end kits. For instance, I made the Merlot in both the Vino Del Vida and Wine Expert and found the Wine Expert to be really good almost immediately. The Vino Del Vida was certainly not a disappointment immediately; but it definitely was much better after 6 months and even better after 12 months. I have some Red Zin and Shiraz that is over 18 months old and are now excellent. (none of my Wine Expert bottles ever made it that long; so unfortunately, I cannot compare the difference now).
I have a Pinot Noir Vino del Vida bubbling now; so I keep going back to them, if that helps any.
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