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Here’s my end-of-summer garden party nightmare; a brimming glass of thehost’s homemade wine and me attempting to keep the wince out of everysip.

Here’s my end-of-summer garden party nightmare; a brimming glass of the host’s homemade wine and me attempting to keep the wince out of every sip.

One thing about a recession though, it opens your mind to what you didn’t think you would ever want to do or drink.

Early summer found me in the fruit scented quarters of Just Wine in Milton, Ont. I had driven by the place for 10 years and never once been tempted.

But I love my wine and despite a reported glut of the good grape plus a global economic meltdown, wine prices haven’t declined perceptibly.

So, I bravely ordered two kits, 30 bottles of the best Australian Chardonnay and 30 more of the Napa Valley Stag’s Leap District Merlot, part of the Selection Estate series distributed by Wine Expert of B.C.

Both claimed gold medals in some tasting or other and both were the most expensive of their kind available in the store. If you are going to do it yourself buy the best available.

Even so, the cost per bottle was under $5 for the white and under $7 for the red (that doesn’t include optional labels, 10 cents each, or bottles, $1.10. You can also supply your own.)

Six weeks later I spent a happy hour bottling the chardonnay and two weeks after that, the merlot. Tasting both during bottling surprised me. Drinkable!

However, getting the most out of your vintner experience demands the patience to wait a minimum of three months for the white and six for the merlot.

If all works out I estimate savings of at least $2,500 a year — enough to take hubby and me on a very nice wine tasting holiday. Stay tuned for full tasting results in a couple of months.

Clarification
In my August 4 column about retail credit cards and Buy Now Pay Later purchases, the proximity of two paragraphs made it seem that The Brick charges accumulated interest if full payment is not made on the expiry of the interest and payment-free period. This is the case with some retailers but not The Brick. We apologize for any misunderstanding about The Brick’s policies that may have occurred.

– Alison Griffiths is a financial journalist, author and host of Maxed Out on the W Network. Write to her at alison@alisongriffiths.ca.

 
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