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Whether you’re just starting your home winemaking journey or have been fermenting for years, we’ve got new recipes and blends for you to try out. From classic full-bodied reds to easy drinking rosés, we’re confident that you’ll find a recipe that excites you. Learn more, shop our home winemaking equipment, and contact Home Winemaker Depot with any questions you may have!


Wine Terms

  • Blend: A mixture of at least two different grapes where neither variety constitutes 75% or more of the wine.
  • Bordeaux: A region of France associated with classical cabernet Sauvignon that often includes Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, and Malbec. 
  • Burgundy: The area of France known for producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In America, Burgundy is the term for any sort of hearty table wine blend.
  • Claret: Outdated British term for a dry red wine that has less color and body than most
  • red wines, but is not a Rosé.
  • Chianti: An Italian wine made from Sangiovese. In America, it has come to describe a
  • fruity, easy-drinking red wine.

How To Begin


Choose the highest quality grapes from California. This gives your finished wine a chance to be superb.


Blending several varieties of grapes will often give better “balance” and complexity to your wine. There are many “traditional” formulas for grape blending — these are called the “classic” blends.

Other blends can be enjoyed according to “individual tastes” and preferences. Many of these blends have been passed down from generation to generation. These are called the home winemaker’s blends.

Classic Full-Bodied Red Blends

75% Cabernet Sauvignon • 25% Merlot

75% Cabernet Sauvignon • 10% Merlot • 5% Cabernet Franc • 5% Petite Verdot • Malbec 5%

50% Petite Sirah • 50% Syrah

80% Petite Sirah • 20% Zinfandel

75% Petite Sirah • 15% Zinfandel • 5% Petite Verdot • 5% Malbec

25% Petite Sirah • 25% Zinfandel • 25% Alicante Bouschet • 25% Carignane

60% Ruby Cabernet • 20% Carignane • 20% Zinfandel

50% Alicante Bouschet • 25% Petite Sirah • 25% Barbera

33% Syrah • 33% Tempranillo • 33% Zinfandel

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Light Reds & Homemaker’s Blends

60% Sangiovese • 20% Cabernet Sauvignon • 20% Merlot

25% Grenache • 25% Zinfandel • 25% Alicante Bouschet • 25% Muscat

40% Grenache • 40% Sangiovese • 20% Zinfandel

50% Zinfandel • 50% Barbera

50% Alicante Bouschet • 50% Grenache

15% Grenache • 15% Alicante Bouschet • 35% Carignane • 35% Zinfandel

70% Merlot • 25% Cabernet Sauvignon • 5% Grenache

Rosé Blends

You can blend any combination of the following grape varieties to achieve a Rosé type wine.

30% Grenache • 30% Zinfandel • 15% Merlot • 15% Barbera • 10% Muscat

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Homemaker’s White Blends

40% Chenin Blanc • 50% Sauvignon Blanc • 10% Malvasia

50% Chenin Blanc • 50% French Colombard

70% Chardonnay • 20% French Colombard • 10% Viognier

33% Pinot Grigio • 33% Muscat Canelli • 33% French Colombard

50% Thompson Seedless (Chablis) • 50% Muscat

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