Wines by Design
Quality, without the cost
Let the wine making begin.
Welcome to Wines By Design!
We are a full service, on-premises wine making facility and wine-making kit supplier, located in Rochester NY. If you’re interested in making your own wine, come on in and we can help! We have hosted families, small groups, wedding parties and corporate team building events.
Or, if you are already an experienced vintner and are simply looking for supplies, we can help with that too. While our primary focus is wine-kits, check in with us, if we don’t have it in stock, we can probably get it for you!
For more detail on how your time will be spent making your very own wine, please see: our process.
The 2016 Wine Tasting Results are in!
To those of you who contributed: Thanks for sharing your wine. They were all delicious!
To those of you who stopped by, tasted, and voted: Thanks for all of your “hard work”!
It was a pleasure to see all of you (and meet some of you). It’s always a fun time for us, we trust that it was for you as well.
Now, let’s get to the 2016 Wine Tasting Results:
We had three categories: Red, White, and Dessert/Fruit Wines. The wine receiving the highest number of votes in each individual category will receive a $50 Wines By Design Gift Certificate.
Additionally, an Overall Winner (the winner with the greatest number of votes) will receive an additional $50 Gift Certificate.
Our 2016 Winners were:
|Red||Joe DiStefano||Rosso Fortissimo|
|Dessert/Fruit||Pat Weilnau||Coffee Port|
|Overall winner||Patti Smith||Piesporter|
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
We’re looking forward to next year’s event, so set one bottle of that “special wine” aside for your next chance to win!
Reminder: You can keep up to date with what’s happening at Wines By Design by signing up for our newsletter on our Contact page.
This year’s entries (because some of you asked):
|R2||Cab / Shiraz / Merlot|
|Fruit / Dessert||F1||Green Apple Riesling|
|F3||Black Raspberry Merlot|
|D1||Riesling Ice Wine|
|D3||Gewürztraminer Ice Wine|
|D4||Chocolate Salted Caramel|
|D6||Toasted Caramel Port|
|D7||Black Forest Dessert Wine|
WOTM (Wine of the Month) – March 2016
Spring has officially sprung!
It’s time to start thinking about our summer wines! When you’re sunning on the beach, sitting on the deck, or enjoying a picnic in the park, what goes better than a tasty summer wine? We have a lot of your summer favorites in stock.
It’s tough to pick out a favorite summer wine. Red folks (you know who you are) like what they like (and they’ll drink it when the want to)! But for seasonal wines, we find that whites (like a Moscato, Pinot Grigio, or Riesling) can go a long way. Of course, our fruit wines are always a hit too! Some of your favorites are the Pomegranate Zinfandel, Peach Chardonnay, and Green Apple Riesling.
But we have to pick one. So, without further ado, this month’s wine is: Sangria Zinfandel. From the Island Mist line: “A sweet and easy-drinking summertime wine, a medley of seasonal fruits that can now be enjoyed year round. Your nose will be enlightened by scents of orange, lemon, and lime that will marry with cherries on your tongue to create a sensational sipper that balances sweet and citrus flavors.” A great way to enjoy the dog days of summer!
As always, we suggest that you age white wines about 3 months (and reds 6+ months). Unlike our reds and our whites, you don’t have to age the fruit wines, they’re drinkable immediately.
Stop by and check out our selection of delicious summer wines!
Home Wine Cellar
We’d like to continue bringing you new ideas about wine making. This time we’d like to chat about home vintning.
We know that there are a lot of home vintners out there, so this time we’d like to share a little bit about “one or two” of you. We’ve had a couple of home vintners (who wish to remain anonymous) graciously consent to share their setup. A husband and wife team, they’ve designed (and built) it themselves.
First, a glimpse into their (still fairly new) wine cellar.
They shared a little about it:
A peek into the wine cellar
Our vintner friend said it best: “The pictures really don’t do justice in showing the room off”, but we think that it still looks AMAZING!
A work station
This is a “pic is of the work bench we made for our wine production. The bench is very simple, made out of 2 x 4’s with a medium density fiber board top that has been painted and coated with acrylic.”
There’s two sides to every coin
“I’m sending 3 [pics] looking in so that you can see we have 3 walls completed covered and then the one in the middle is a double.”
See? We TOLD you there was two sides!
OK, it’s official, we have (wine) cellar envy! Can we just say: It’s an awesome home setup.
Interested in sharing your setup? Stop in, or drop us a note!
We’d love to share your wine cellar! (OK, maybe just some pictures, keep the wine for yourself…)
Sign of the Times – 2
It’s our second “Sign of the Times” entry! We’ll use this series to highlight some of our favorite wine graphics, posters and labels. We’ll share some popular ones that we’ve come across as well as some favorites that you share with us!
This month: Just what the doctor ordered!
|Tue – Fri:||3:30p – 7:30p|
|Sat:||9:00a – 2:00p|
|Sun & Mon:||CLOSED|
Looking for something to do? Got four nights free? How about joining one of classes, we’ll show you how to make your very own delicious wine!
Why not share your special day with all your guests? Let them take home part of your special day, a bottle of your very own wedding vintage.
A Night at Home
What’s better than a night by the fire, some artisan cheese and a bottle of terrific wine you’ve made yourself?
We heard many great things about you, so we decided to check you out for ourselves.
(BTW: They were right!)DH
We cannot say enough good things about Wines By Design. The quality of the wine is better than most bottles of wine you can buy at the store, plus you get to tell your friends and family you made it on your own!Krista Hudson