Originally Posted by johnnybob
I'm thinking of trying wine making for the first time. I've been watching some wine making videos and I'm comfortable with the process. Equipment is not a problem, nor is fermentation science. I've been homebrewing beer for 26 years. My question is: I live in Las Vegas, Nv. Ambient temp here is warm/hot. for 7 months out of the year. I don't have a way of storing the packaged wine at the optimum temp (55F). Is it possible to store/age the wine in a refrigerator ( 36 F or so, my only option) and still produce a good quality wine? I'm thinking of making something like a Pinot or a Cab. Is this whishful thinking or is it possible. Or maybe should I try making a a white wine?
If you're going to store your wine for years and years, you'll want a wine fridge- those Haier wine fridges are pretty good for the price. Fridge temps are just too cold for aging big red wines.
The wine should be in the carboy a year or two, if you're making a cab out of fresh grapes or juice so you definitely have time to think about it. Or you could do a cheaper kit and drink it in a year or two instead of long term aging.