Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Answering the Wine-1-1

Lei ChicWhen it comes to life, you’re looking through ros'e-colored glasses.

Thanks to a cabinet full of the chard stuff your glass has been half-full for years. But then a night in with the girls unexpectedly wiped out your whites, ran through your reds, and even left your dessert blends at a new merlot.

Tankfully, you’ve prepared for the emergency with a little brew-it-yourself.

Homebrew in Paradise offers you everything you need to create bottles of everything from Napa Valley merlots to Italian Barolos. With the store’s own winemaking equipment kit and international award-winning blends from Winexpert, you’re months away from your own custom blend.

The well-explained steps mainly consist of sanitizing tubing, bottles, and filters, then stirring, siphoning, and testing the density of your batch about once a week for one to two months. Then, it’s on to bottling and your biggest challenge - being patient as it sits and ages for about six months.

The cost of making about 30 bottles starts at about $250. Until August, you can order limited-edition Chocolate Raspberry Port, Blackberry Port, and Peach Icewine kits so your back-up bottles can actually be a special tasting experience.

It’s proof that every cloud has a silver wining.

Homebrew in Paradise is open at 2646B Kilihau St. Tues.- Fri., noon-5 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 808.834.BREW (2739) for more information or check Homebrew in Paradise’s website.
You can learn more about the wine-making process on Winexpert’s site.

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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