How to Make Citrus Wine

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Wine can be made out of any fruit or vegetable that you choose. Find out how to make citrus wine with help from the owner of Celebrations Wine Club in this free video clip.

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I'm Anna Maria Knapp, Owner of Celebrations Wine Club. We're located here in beautiful Bourassa Vineyards and Winery in Napa Valley. Our topic is how to make citrus wine. Actually, we can make wine out of anything, any fruit or vegetable. It's important that it not be poisoned, but other than that, any fruit or vegetable will do. We are going to be making wine out of grapefruit actually today. And if you have a grapefruit tree in your yard and there's more fruit there than care to eat, you can make wine from it. Vic Bourassa, Owner of Bourassa Vineyards and Winery is going to show us how to do that. Today, we're going to be talking about making wine with fruit, especially grapefruit. We're going to take grapefruit sections, we're going to put them in the strainer and we're going to crush them. This is one way to do it. The other way is if you're a home winemaker and have a nice wine press, you can certainly put a lot of grapefruit segments in there and crush them with that. That would give you a bigger volume. But, you want to crush them into a bowl and then put that juice into a demijohn. Then, we're going to add to that an equal portion of grape juice. After that's finished, we're going to make a simple syrup of equal portions of sugar and water, dissolve in boiling water until the sugar is gone and then make sure you let it cool before you add it to the grapefruit juice and the grape mixture. Then, we're going to inoculate it with yeast. We're going to use a airlock on the demijohn so that you don't get air going into the wine. This will allow carbon dioxide to go off through the fermentation. Then, you have to take the, a, a long dowel and stir this once a day for five days, no more than five days. After that, we're going to rack off the wine, simply by putting a plastic clear tube into the demijohn to siphon it off into another demijohn. The initial demijohn has to be higher than the lower one so that you keep the siphon going. And what you're looking for is as you lower the siphon to down into the wine, as it's being siphoned off, when it changes color, it will start to turn pink, that will be the dead yeast at the bottom of the fermentation. When it reaches that, you take the siphon tube out, throw the rest away and what you end up with is a clean, semi-sweet fruit wine. Grapefruit wine is actually very true to the flavor of the fruit even combined with grapes or anything else that you might decide to combine it with. I'm Anna Maria Knapp, Owner of Celebrations Wine Club.


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