By Pam Teel
Are you a wine connoisseur? Have you ever thought about making your own wine from the beginning process of crushing the grapes through the barreling and aging process? Then you should check out The Wine Room at 227, Route 33 in Manalapan, where owner Pat Campisi will guide you through the process once you have chosen the wine you wish to make.
With over 25 different varieties to choose from, you will be guided through the process of de-stemming and crushing the grapes with the most updated professional winemaking equipment on hand. Seven to ten days after the crushing, you then press your crushed grapes into authentic Italian wine presses where it is then pumped into American oak barrels and left to continue to age and develop. Your barrel is then racked to remove sediment from the maturing wine. The last step would be to bottle, cork, cap, and label your wine to take home and enjoy.
The wine making room makes a great outlet for business entertaining. It’s already
a favorite of CEOs from Fortune 500 companies, Wall Street, office employee groups, family and friends, etc. You can also make a barrel of wine ahead of time for a
wedding or upcoming family functions. You can meet with the events manager and set it all up and the best part of it all, you don’t have to travel far to share this unique experience.
All wines are made in 53 gallon American Oak barrels. A full barrel will produce 21 cases of wine—that’s 252 bottles. You can also make half barrels. Go in with some friends and share the cost, then sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Your choice of red, white and red blends are available; there is a list to choose from. You will also be able to sample the wine of your choice. Sounds like a barrel of fun? It is!
Visit the Wine Room’s website at www.atthewineroom.com. Make sure you check out their video step-by-step instructional video on how to make your special wines.
By Pam Teel