The Most Exclusive Vintage Is Your Own

At this DIY winery, making your personal blend is almost as pleasurable as drinking it

It's the secret dream of every oenophile: give up the desk job, move to a vineyard and spend the days crafting wines. Then reality sinks in--bills, obligations, bills--and the dream becomes a passing fancy.

But it's actually never been easier to make your own wine, often from the comfort of your nonvineyard home. Today's garagistes (French for the enthusiasts who create vintages in, well, garages) have upscale equipment and packaged kits to help them make their wines. Wineshops and vineyards are offering blending seminars, tutored tastings of grape varietals where you can create your own blend and take home a bottle...

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