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.
For all you home vintners: Once again, we’re having our annual Juice sale.
The 2023 Wines By Design wine tasting event is complete! Check out the winning entries!
From our friends at Winexpert: Aglianico Barbera!
The 2023 wine tasting event is on at Wines By Design! Bring in your own wine and be part of the judging!
Juice Sale 2023
Once again, Wines By Design is having a Fresh Juice Sale!
For those of you who are home vintners (or even those who want to start): We’re having our annual Fresh Juice sale. Once again, we have a very nice selection of whites and reds (see Our 2023 Juice Sale list below).
Our address is 3392 Buffalo Rd, Rochester, NY 14624. We will be taking orders here throughout the month of September.
We are planning on the Italian American Community Center located on Manitou Road for the delivery location. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the IACC for this year’s delivery.
We are currently planning on Friday, October 20, 2023, as the delivery date.
Please note: Our supplier adds sulfites to the fresh juice. This may effect fermentation if you choose to use wild yeast only .
Note: Wines By Design acts as a shipping agent only and is not responsible for the quality of the juice.
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.
Our 2023 Juice list:
- Pinot Grigio
- Cabernet Franc
- Pinot Noir
- Ruby Cabernet
- Zinfandel (Red)
Another one in the books!
The WBD Wine Tasting Competition (2023) is complete!
We would like to start off by thanking everyone who contributed their wines to this year’s wine-tasting event. There was a great selection of wines this year and they were all delicious!
One of the best parts of this event (for us) is not the great wine, not the laughs, not the wonderful folks we get to meet, but it’s the fact that we don’t have to judge! Thanks to all of you who attended, it was YOUR job to judge!
We had three categories this year: Red, White, and Dessert/Fruit. As a quick reminder, each category wins a $50 gift certificate to WBD, with the winner with the highest number of votes receiving an additional $50 gift certificate.
OK… we know why you’re REALLY here… you want to know the winners. So, without further ado:
2023 WBD Wine Tasting winners ($50 gift certificates)
- Red: Carm Allesandra – Carménère
- White: Marianna Obrien – RQ Sauvignon Blanc (La Cueca)
- Fruit/Sweet: Luke Bernier – Fortified Coffee Port
2023 WBD Wine Tasting overall winner ($50 gift certificate)
- Overall: Marianna Obrien – RQ Sauvignon Blanc (La Cueca)
Congratulations to all!
We haven’t posted this before, but a number of you have asked for it, so here’s a list of this year’s entries!
2023 Wine Tasting Entries
|Red||R3||Gina & Pat Capozzi||Primo Rosso|
|Red||R4||Cathy Pestle||Selection Amarone|
|Red||R5||Kyle & Shaili Zess||LE Pinot Noir Shiraz|
|Red||R6||John Speckgoore (Kinesella)||EP Malbec|
|Red||R7||Bob Rejewski||Eclipse Old Vine Zinfandel|
|Red||R8||Jim & Kim Vangelder (Caliri)||Passport Cab Shiraz Montepulciano|
|Red||R10||Tif & Jay||Chateau Du Pays|
|Red||R11||Jim & Jill Kinsella||PR Bordeaux|
|Red||R12||Rick Kurtelawicz (Maher)||Amarone|
|Red||R13||Peter & Gloriella Burns||Nero D' Avola|
|Red||R14||Cittadino||LE Cape Blend|
|Red||R15||Mary Meng. (CE-2)||Primo Rosso|
|Red||R16||John & Jan Blodetts||Vineco Nebbiolo|
|Red||R17||Arcarese. (Maher Grp)||Wine Makers Trio|
|Red||R19||Bob Rejewski||Eclipse Nocturnal|
|Red||R21||Doug Caliri||LE Nerello|
|Red||R22||Tif & Jay||Montepulciano|
|Red||R26||Steve Elensky||LE Black Cab|
|White||W1||Marianne O'Brien||RQ Sauvignon Blanc (La Cueca)|
|White||W3||Lauren & Paul Lysiak||Liebfraümilch|
|White||W4||Natalie Gerber||Sauvignon Blanc|
|White||W5||Cece & Dan Crawford||EP Pinot Noir Rosé|
|White||W6||Tim & Diane Peter||Cru Select Gewürztraminer|
|White||W7||WBD||RQ Semillion / Sauvignon Blanc|
|White||W8||Carina Terry (CE-2)||Traminer Riesling|
|White||W9||Tiffany Burgen||EP Chardonnay|
|White||W11||Terry Fisher||EP Pinot Noir Rosé|
|Fruit/Dessert||FD2||K & S Zess||Pomegranate Zinfandel|
|Fruit/Dessert||FD4||Steve Elensky||White Pear|
|Fruit/Dessert||FD5||Dave & Tammy||Green Apple Riesling|
|Fruit/Dessert||FD6||Bob Rejewski||White Chocolate Port|
|Fruit/Dessert||FD8||Luke Bernier||Fortified Coffee Port|
|Fruit/Dessert||FD9||Dave & Tammy||Fortified Black Forest|
|Fruit/Dessert||FD10||Lysiak||Fortified Vanilla Bourbon|
|Fruit/Dessert||FD11||Rejewski||Fortified Black Currant|
|Fruit/Dessert||FD12||Elensky||Fortified Vanilla Bourbon|
Even with a few clever shortcuts lasagna is a labor of love – but so worth the effort. So, take your time, pour a glass of wine, and enjoy the process as you make this beloved dish to share with family and friends. Goes great with LE22 Aglianico Barbera.
The WBD Wine Tasting Competition is returning!
The Wines By Design Wine Tasting event is making a comeback!
We had a great time at our (Fall) Wine Tasting event in September!
That said, we DID hear feedback that some people missed the event because it wasn’t in Spring as it traditionally has been. (Folks were busy, leaving town, etc.)
We heard you, we listened, and here we go!
You’ve worked hard perfecting your wines here at Wines By Design and once again, you have a chance to show it off. Enter your personally made (Wines By Design) wine.
Coming soon: (Saturday, April 15 from 12p – 4p to be exact)
The store will be closed for “normal” business, the day is devoted to the event!
You are allowed to submit up to 3 bottles per person for the 3 entry categories: Red, White, and Dessert/Fruit. Your wine will be moved into numbered bottles and you will be the judge in the blind tasting. The highest scored wines will be the winner in each category and the highest scoring of those will be named Best of Show. Best of Show wins a $100 gift certificate at WBD and the other two winners will each receive a $50 gift certificate to WBD.
To enter, turn in your bottles at the store before Friday, April 14 (contest closing time is 7p).
Note: This is limited to wine made in the Wines By Design store (from our kits). This does not include wine made from fresh juice.
For the day of the event: there will be a $5 fee for those not contributing a bottle of their finest vino. (Contest entrants are free!)
Special bonus: All attendees will receive an Owners discount of 15% off all wine kits during the event. (Is limited to current stock on hand and excludes the “Red Dot” sale rack wine kits.)
A quick recap (TL;DR):
- Drop off up to 3 bottles per person by Friday, April 14 at 7p.
- Join us for wine judging on April 15 beginning at 12p.
- See how your wines stack up against all the WBD competition!
WBD will provide palate-cleansing crackers, appetizers, snacks, and more!
|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!)
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!