I am looking at making my first wine and I was looking at my local HBS. They were recommending the Selection International wines and from reading on here, they seem decent. I would prefer to start with a wine that i am certain that I would like and would also prefer to make sure I buy a quality kit. It seems that having the grape skins is preferred, so I would like that. I prefer Cabernets, Zinfandels, Shiraz, and bigger reds, but for a kit I was thinking of going with a blend as they seem to be attractive to more palates. If you have ever had Pillar Box Red, or Menage et trois, that is what i would be going for. I was thinking of this kit:
AUSTRALIAN CABERNET/SHIRAZ - The full-body and complexity of Cabernet Sauvignon and the ripe fruit and chocolate flavors of Shiraz. Perfect harmony together.
SHIRAZ / ZINFANDEL - Deep red wine w/Shiraz giving notes of ripe blackberries, plum, & blueberry, & Zinfandel showing off raspberry, anise & peppery spice note blending into a long finish of vanilla & toast.
Does anyone have any feedback or have another recommendation of something to look for?
Also, if I want to have this done in time for August, does that seem feasible so that i will not be drinking wine that is too young? I will be drinking it anyway, but would that change my choice?