Wine making hits home

On 9 July Cayman Corker will officially open its doors to the public.

This new winemaking store was originally due to open 11 September and now, nearly one year after Ivan, the store has been refurbished and its owners are ready to introduce Cayman to the art of fine wine making.

Cayman Corker, based in Seven Mile Shops, offers everything you need to make your own fine wine, from Australian Shiraz to California Zinvandel, as well as Canadian and American beer, states a press release.

Partner Sue-Anne Price first became interested in winemaking when her family in Canada introduced her to the art, which she admits is actually a fairly simple process.

Soon Sue-Anne and husband Craig began to make there own wine, experimenting with Merlots, Shiraz, Pinot Grigios and Chardonnay’s – bringing the best of the best to Cayman Corker together with partners Jim and Joanne Ross.

Good grapes make world-class wine but in recent years the quality of kit wines has improved immeasurably, impressing even the most dedicated fresh purist. Besides offering first time winemakers an easy introduction to the hobby, kits offer experts a chance to make wines from grape growing regions around the world.

‘I always enjoy it when friends come to dinner and remark on the sumptuous wines we serve. They are always shocked when we tell them that they are homemade. There is a misconception that homemade wine is inferior but our wines are of the highest standard. In the 1970s less than 1 per cent of all wine consumed in Canada came from home winemakers. Now, the figure is closer to 10-12 per cent.’

Cayman Corker’s wine kits come with everything needed to make a batch of wine, including a concentrate grape juice. The recipes are easy-to-follow and, as long as you follow the instructions, the results are excellent. One wine kit will make approximately 30 bottles, which works out at $3 per bottle.

Cayman Corker also supplies bottles, accessories and labelling kits to personalize bottles.

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