Originally Posted by Pombe
Thinking about doing batch of wine but I don't want to produce ****e. I'm willing to spend a considerable amount on the right kit but wonder how it will compare to commercial wine? Thoughts and opinions?
Well, the right answer is "it depends". A cheaper kit will give you a lesser quality, but still very drinkable wine. I'd say that a $60 (US) kit gives you something like a $4-$5 bottle of wine in quality. A $150 kit might give you something like a $15-$20 bottle of wine. There are many kinds of kits, and some are excellent and come with juice and grape skin packs while some come with "wine juice concentrate".
I would think it depends on the kind of wine drinker you are. If you are a wine snob, you may never make a kit that will compare to your favorite vintages. If you're a wine drinker who enjoys many wines, you may find that winemaking is a great hobby for you.
I make some kit wines, but mostly make "country wines", like chokecherry wine, blackberry wine, crabapple wine, etc. We drink wine each evening with dinner, and enjoy it very much.