All Wines by Year

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

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. In the last few years 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 reverse chronological order, e.g., most recent first. Clickable links navigate to the wine making log for the wines for which I have a log.

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
2021
2021 Barbera Kit 08/12/2021 5/ ??
2020
2020 Meritage Grape 10/10/2020 15 / ??
2020 Meritage Plus Grape 10/10/2020 15 / ??
2020 Red Blend 2nd Run Grape 10/10/2020 20 / 101
2020 Vinifera Blend Grape 10/10/2020 1 / 5
2020 Zinfandel Grape 10/10/2020 1 / 5
2020 Merlot Grape 10/10/2020 1 / 5
2020 Sauvignon Blanc Grape 10/10/2020 6 / 31
2020 Australian Cabernet Sauvignon Kit 09/04/2020 5 / 25
2020 Australian Chardonnay Kit 09/04/2020 5 / 25
2020 Pinot Noir Kit 04/26/2020 5 / 26
2020 Exotic Fruit – White Zinfandel Kit 02/05/2020 5 / 28
2019
2019 Malbec/ Merlot/ Zinfandel – 2nd Run Grape 10/26/2019 20 / 100
2019 Zinfandel Grape 10/20/2019 10 / 51
2019 Merlot #3 Grape 10/20/2019 10 / 50
2019 Malbec Grape 10/20/2019 10 / 61
2019 Vieux Chateau du Roi Kit 05/20/2019 5 / 26
2019 Merlot #2 Kit 05/13/2019 5 / 25
2019 Merlot #1 Kit 05/13/2019 5 / 25
2019 Symphony-Gewurztraminer Kit 04/20/2019 5 / 25
2019 Chilean Corazon Kit 04/20/2019 5 / 25
2018
2018 Coffee Port Kit 11/27/2018 3 / 15
2018 Verdicchio Kit 10/19/2018 5 / 26
2018 Vieux Chateau-du-Roi Kit 10/02/2018 5 / 25
2018 Luna Bianca (Chardonnay) Kit 09/27/2018 5 / 25
2018 Metheglin (Mead) Mead 08/23/2018 5 / 27.5
2018 Elderberry 2 Concentrate 08/02/2018 2 / 12
2018 Elderberry 1 Concentrate 08/02/2018 3.5 / 15.5
2018 Black Raspberry / Merlot Kit 07/21/2018 5 / 25.5
2018 Sauvignon Blanc Kit 07/19/2018 5 / 25
2018 Black Forest Port Kit 07/15/2018 3.5 / 14.5
2017
No wine made this year.
2016
2016 Orange Chocolate Port Kit 02/09/2016 3.5 / 15
2016 Pinotage Kit 02/03/2016 5 / 28
2016 Petit Verdot Kit 01/23/2016 5 / 28
2015
No wine made this year.
2014
2014 Luna Bianca (Chardonnay) Kit 04/30/2014 5 / 29
2014 Tempranillo Kit 04/30/2014 5 / 28
2014 Gewurztraminer Kit 01/01/2014 5 / 26
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot Kit 01/01/2014 5 / 25
2013
2013 Apple, 2nd run Fruit 12/22/2013 3 / 18
2013 Apple Fruit 12/22/2013 5 / 25
2012
2012 Orange Chocolate Port Kit 02/11/2012 3 / 15.5
2011
2011 Vieux Chateau-du-Roi Kit 11/26/2011 5 / 26
2011 Australian Chardonnay Kit 11/26/2011 5 / 26
2011 Pomegranate / Zinfandel Kit 04/09/2011 5 / 29.5
2011 Green Apple / Riesling Kit 03/21/2011 5 / 28.5
2011 Chardonnay / Semillon Kit 03/15/2011 5 / 27
2011 Pinotage Kit 03/08/2011 5 / 28.5
2010
No wine made this year.
2009
2009 Barolo (Nebbiolo) Kit 12/21/2009 5 / 25
2008
2008 Gewurztraminer Kit 12/14/2008 5 / 27
2008 Zinfandel Kit 10/30/2008 5 / 27
2008 Blueberry / Pinot Noir Kit 05/26/2008 5 / 26
2007
2007 Port Kit 06/03/2007 3 / 15
2007 Sherry Kit 06/03/2007 3 / 15
2006
2006 Chenin Blanc Kit 11/01/2006 5 / 24
2006 Fume Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc) Kit 11/01/2006 5 / 24
2006 Nebbiolo D’Alba Kit 10/06/2006 5 / 24
2006 Pinot Noir Kit 10/06/2006 5 / 26
2004 to 2005
No wine made during this period, as my interest was down after a couple of good years. I looked into buying NC grapes in 2004, but couldn’t find anything of interest.
2003
2003 Peach / Chardonnay Kit 08/02/2003 5 / 28
2003 Black Cherry / Pinot Noir Kit 07/12/2003 5 / 28
2002
2002 Sangiovese / Cabernet / Merlot Kit 09/16/2002 5 / 26
2000 to 2001
No wine made during this period. Given the outcome of the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon, I completely lost interest in wine making.
1999
1999 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2nd run Grape 10/02/1999 5 / 32
1999 White Cabernet Sauvignon Grape 10/02/1999 5 / 28
1999 Merlot Kit 03/18/1999 5 / 25
1998
1998 Metheglin (Mead) Mead 09/16/1998 5 / 28
1997
1997 Carmine Batch #2, 2nd run Grape 09/21/1997 3 / 18
1997 Carmine Batch #1, 2nd run Grape 09/21/1997 5 / 28
1997 Carmine Batch #2 Grape 09/13/1997 5 / 26
1997 Carmine Batch #1 Grape 09/13/1997 10 / 56
1997 White Bordeaux Kit 04/26/1997 5 / 29
1997 Canned Cabernet Concentrate 03/11/1997 5 / 27
1996
1996 Vieux Chateau-du-Roi Kit 09/23/1996 5 / 24
1996 Muscadine Grape 09/21/1996 5 / 30
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.
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.
1990 Strawberry Fruit partial record 5? / 25?
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 ares 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 Strawberry Fruit no record 5 / 25
1989 Vidal Blanc Grape 10/21/1989 6 / 28
1989 White Blend (Cayuga, Ravat 51, Seyval Blanc) Grape 09/23/1989 9 / 25
1989 Red Blend (Carmine, Chancellor, Foch, Leon Millot) Grape 09/16/1989 11 / 52
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 Carmine Grape no record 8 / 42
1988 Ravat 51 Batch #2 Grape 11/06/1988 8 / 37
1988 Ravat 51 Batch #1 Grape 11/04/1988 6 / 27
1988 Metheglin (Mead) Mead 10/22/1988 3 / 6
1988 Vidal Blanc Grape 10/18/1988 5 / 26
1988 Scuppernong Grape 09/24/1988 1 / 6
1988 Chardonnay / Seyval Blanc Grape 09/22/1988 11 / 57
1988 Foch Grape 09/18/1988 6 / 28
1988 Leon Millot Grape 09/16/1988 6 / 29
1987
1987 Seyval Blanc Grape 10/08/1987 7 / 30
1987 Baco Noir Grape 09/27/1987 6 / 29
1987 Pear Fruit 09/03/1987 1 / 4
1987 Elderberry Fruit 08/26/1987 6 / 30
1987 Welches Raspberry Juice Other 08/25/1987 6 / 28
1986
1986 Chancellor Grape no record 6 / 25
1986 Cherry Concentrate no record 5 / 25
1986 Apple Fruit 11/15/1986 5 / 30
1986 Welches Grape Juice Other 08/28/1986 5 / 25
1986 Peach Fruit 07/15/1986 3 / 16
1986 Elderflower Dried Fruit 05/18/1986 1 / 5
1986 Elderberry Fruit 05/17/1986 5 / 27
1985
1985 Blackberry Fruit 08/17/1985 6 / 24
1985 Peach Fruit 06/03/1985 1 / 5
1985 Rhubarb Fruit 06/01/1985 5 / 28
1985 OceanSpray CranRaspberry Other 05/13/1985 1 / 5
1985 Welches Grape Juice Other 02/01/1985 5 / 25
1984
1984 Blackberry Fruit no record 3 / 15?
1984 Dried Elderberry Dried Fruit no record 1 / 5?
1983
1983 Rhubarb Fruit no record 3 / 15?
1982
1982 Strawberry Fruit no record 3 / 15?
1981
1981 Rhubarb Fruit no record 3 / 15?