The Wine Pages: Homebrew winemaking
Not as obvious as you might think.
There is a lot of unseen physcology behind serving and drinking wine. Knowing about this can make the difference. People might start to appreciate your wine, instead of just putting up with it.
There is a lot to be said for presentation. Uncorking a nicely labelled bottle is much more effective than unscrewing a jar the says 'Tomato Ketchup' on the side. Invest in some wineglasses, they are cheap and very effective at showing off wine. People who offer a pint mug for their serving make me cringe.
The subtle amount of enthusiasm on the servers part is also called for. Do not present your wine with an appology, that will create the wrong impression. Conversely, do not open the wine with to much confidence. People will only try to critise it. It requires a little practise to develop the correct balance of petentiousness, self-confidence and conservatism.
Once you get people activly asking for your wine, and you develop a reputation, you can afford to become a little aloof.
A good trick is to persude yourself and others that homebrew wines are not even the same type of drink as shop wines. They are a differant catagory. This will make people either curious or scared.
One last word, homebrew wine can be made very strong. Up to 20%. This will induce drunkness twice as fast as shop wine. This also makes it even cheaper to enjoy.
The tasting of wine is the subject of another page.
Remember that homemade homebrew wine can easily be 18% strong, so drink carefully!