A while ago, I was bitchin' that I earned so little money for my wine fund, that I had to resort to a wine-making kit. (Remember, as a depressive, I'm forbidden to touch alcohol!). Surprise! After 2 months in the bottle, this wine has turned out to be superb.
This was just the Costco Merlot wine kit. The secret is to use the big Costco jugs of water. Never contaminate the wine with tap water! Just follow the instructions.
This wine has a full body, slightly oaked, with a peppery finish. It's as good as a $25 Vintages wine, and better than the bulk wine I get in Montreal. In a few more months I expect significant improvement.