All Wines by Year

Black Raspberry/Merlot

The following table lists most of the wines I’ve made since my first batch to rhubarb wine in 1981, up to the present. I update this list as I start new wines.

This list shows that I started out with fruit wines, dabbled in wines from commercially produced juices and wine-making concentrates, moved on to fresh grape wines, and eventually into commercial wine kits when my source for good quality grapes dried up. Very recently I got back into fresh grapes, purchased a barrel (my first), and am hip deep in wine production.

Note: The wines in this list are in the order started. Clickable links navigate to the wine making log for the wines for which I have a log. Each log is a separate post that is also reachable by the other lists in this menu, including searching the site.

Please note that I have holes in my list, places where my records are missing. This list is as complete as possible.

Also note that wines marked with a green background are in progress, e.g., have not yet been bottled.

 

Wine Type Started Gallons/Bottles
1981
1981 Rhubarb Fruit no record 3 / 15?
1982
1982 Strawberry Fruit no record 3 / 15?
1983
1983 Rhubarb Fruit no record 3 / 15?
1984
1984 Blackberry Fruit no record 3 / 15?
1984 Dried Elderberry Dried Fruit no record 1 / 5?
1985
1985 Welches Grape Juice Other 02/01/1985 5 / 25
1985 OceanSpray CranRaspberry Other 05/13/1985 1 / 5
1985 Rhubarb Fruit 06/01/1985 5 / 28
1985 Peach Fruit 06/03/1985 1 / 5
1985 Blackberry Fruit 08/17/1985 6 / 24
1986
1986 Elderberry Fruit 05/17/1986 5 / 27
1986 Elderflower Dried Fruit 05/18/1986 1 / 5
1986 Peach Fruit 07/15/1986 3 / 16
1986 Welches Grape Juice Other 08/28/1986 5 / 25
1986 Apple Fruit 11/15/1986 5 / 30
1986 Chancellor Grape no record 6 / 25
1986 Cherry Concentrate no record 5 / 25
1987
1987 Welches Raspberry Juice Other 08/25/1987 6 / 28
1987 Elderberry Fruit 08/26/1987 6 / 30
1987 Pear Fruit 09/03/1987 1 / 4
1987 Baco Noir Grape 09/27/1987 6 / 29
1987 Seyval Blanc Grape 10/08/1987 7 / 30
1988
I made 90+ gallons of wine this year. I recall distinctly that I had 18 full carboys (mostly 5 gallon, some 6 gallon), numerous 3- and 4-liter jugs, plus 750 ml and 1.5 l bottles. It was a sea of airlocks in that room. Looking at the records I have, I realize that I lost over half my notes from this year. I think I made second run wines on the Leon Millot, Foch, and Carmine. I recall making a Niagara and Cayuga, but nothing beyond that.
1988 Leon Millot Grape 09/16/1988 6 / 29
1988 Foch Grape 09/18/1988 6 / 28
1988 Chardonnay / Seyval Blanc Grape 09/22/1988 11 / 57
1988 Scuppernong Grape 09/24/1988 1 / 6
1988 Vidal Blanc Grape 10/18/1988 5 / 26
1988 Metheglin (Mead) Mead 10/22/1988 3 / 6
1988 Ravat 51 Batch #1 Grape 11/04/1988 6 / 27
1988 Ravat 51 Batch #2 Grape 11/06/1988 8 / 37
1988 Carmine Grape no record 8 / 42
1989
This year I made 70 gallons, stepping it down from the previous year. The sea of airlocks in my wine room was vast, but lesser than the previous year. Again, a large chunk of my note are missing. I recall making a second run off the red blend but cannot recall what else. Some memories are amazingly vivid … others non-existent!
1989 Red Blend (Carmine, Chancellor, Foch, Leon Millot) Grape 09/16/1989 11 / 52
1989 White Blend (Cayuga, Ravat 51, Seyval Blanc) Grape 09/23/1989 9 / 25
1989 Vidal Blanc Grape 10/21/1989 6 / 28
1989 Strawberry Fruit no record 5 / 25
1990
I made 20 gallons of wine this year — I remember having 4 carboys rockin’. From the previous two years I had an absotively amazing amount of wine, in excess of 500 bottles. So I cooled things, especially since my job was rocky and the job hunt did really poorly this year.
1991 to 1995
No wine was made during this period. Got married, moved to Rochester NY and then to Raleigh NC. Things were too chaotic to make anything.
1996
1996 Muscadine Grape 09/21/1996 5 / 30
1996 Vieux Chateau-du-Roi Kit 09/23/1996 5 / 24
1997
1997 Canned Cabernet Concentrate 03/11/1997 5 / 27
1997 White Bordeaux Kit 04/26/1997 5 / 29
1997 Carmine Batch #1 Grape 09/13/1997 10 / 56
1997 Carmine Batch #2 Grape 09/13/1997 5 / 26
1997 Carmine Batch #1, 2nd run Grape 09/21/1997 5 / 28
1997 Carmine Batch #2, 2nd run Grape 09/21/1997 3 / 18
1998
1998 Metheglin (Mead) Mead 09/16/1998 5 / 28
1999
1999 Merlot Kit 03/18/1999 5 / 25
1999 White Cabernet Sauvignon Grape 10/02/1999 5 / 28
1999 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2nd run Grape 10/02/1999 5 / 32
2000 to 2001
No wine made during this period. Given the outcome of the 1999 cabernet sauvignon, I completely lost interest in wine making.
2002
2002 Sangiovese / Cabernet / Merlot Kit 09/16/2002 5 / 26
2003
2003 Black Cherry / Pinot Noir Kit 07/12/2003 5 / 28
2003 Peach / Chardonnay Kit 08/02/2003 5 / 28
2004 to 2005
No wine made during this period, as my interest was down after a couple of good years. I look into buying NC grapes in 2004, but couldn’t find anything of interest.
2006
2006 Pinot Noir Kit 10/06/2006 5 / 26
2006 Nebbiolo D’Alba Kit 10/06/2006 5 / 24
2006 Fume Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc) Kit 11/01/2006 5 / 24
2006 Chenin Blanc Kit 11/01/2006 5 / 24
2007
2007 Port Kit 06/03/2007 3 / 15
2007 Sherry Kit 06/03/2007 3 / 15
2008
2008 Blueberry / Pinot Noir Kit 05/26/2008 5 / 26
2008 Zinfandel Kit 10/30/2008 5 / 27
2008 Gewurztraminer Kit 12/14/2008 5 / 27
2009
2009 Barolo (Nebbiolo) Kit 12/21/2009 5 / 25
2010
No wine made this year.
2011
2011 Pinotage Kit 03/08/2011 5 / 28.5
2011 Chardonnay / Semillon Kit 03/15/2011 5 / 27
2011 Green Apple / Riesling Kit 03/21/2011 5 / 28.5
2011 Pomegranate / Zinfandel Kit 04/09/2011 5 / 29.5
2011 Australian Chardonnay Kit 11/26/2011 5 / 26
2011 Vieux Chateau-du-Roi Kit 11/26/2011 5 / 26
2012
2012 Orange Chocolate Port Kit 02/11/2012 3 / 15.5
2013
2013 Apple Fruit 12/22/2013 5 / 25
2013 Apple, 2nd run Fruit 12/22/2013 3 / 18
2014
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot Kit 01/01/2014 5 / 25
2014 Gewurztraminer Kit 01/01/2014 5 / 26
2014 Tempranillo Kit 04/30/2014 5 / 28
2014 Luna Bianca (Chardonnay) Kit 04/30/2014 5 / 29
2015
No wine made this year.
2016
2016 Petit Verdot Kit 01/23/2016 5 / 28
2016 Pinotage Kit 02/03/2016 5 / 28
2016 Orange Chocolate Port Kit 02/09/2016 3.5 / 15
2017
No wine made this year.
2018
2018 Black Forest Port Kit 07/15/2018 3.5 / 14.5
2018 Sauvignon Blanc Kit 07/19/2018 5 / 25
2018 Black Raspberry / Merlot Kit 07/21/2018 5 / 25.5
2018 Elderberry 1 Concentrate 08/02/2018 3.5 / 15.5
2018 Elderberry 2 Concentrate 08/02/2018 2 / 12
2018 Metheglin (Mead) Mead 08/23/2018 5 / 27.5
2018 Luna Bianca (Chardonnay) Kit 09/27/2018 5 / 25
2018 Vieux Chateau-du-Roi Kit 10/02/2018 5 / 25
2018 Verdicchio Kit 10/19/2018 5 / 26
2019
2019 Chilean Corazon Kit 04/20/2019 5 / 25
2019 Symphony-Gewurztraminer Kit 04/20/2019 5 / 25
2019 Merlot #1 Kit 05/13/2019 5 / 25
2019 Merlot #2 Kit 05/13/2019 5 / 25
2019 Vieux Chateau du Roi Kit 05/20/2019 5 / 26
2019 Malbec Grape 10/20/2019 10 / ?
2019 Merlot #3 Grape 10/20/2019 10 / ?
2019 Zinfandel Grape 10/20/2019 10 / ?
2019 Malbec/ Merlot/ Zinfandel – 2nd Run Grape 10/26/2019 20 / ?
2020
2020 Exotic Fruit – White Zinfandel Kit 02/05/2020 5 / 28
2020 Pinot Noir Kit 04/26/2020 5 / ?