As someone that has always wanted to make wine this caught my eye when I was on WineSpectator.com
“You know the story: Silicon Valley venture capitalist quits his day job to become a winemaker. That’s what Greg Snell decided to do–with no prior winemaking experience and no vineyard. “I was doing work in the semiconductor industry and reading books on winemaking and had an epiphany to design a custom personal winery,” he said. The epiphany is now reality in the form of the WinePod, a 4-foot-tall personal winery, which sells for $3,500 at winepod.net. Just insert grapes, plug it in, and poof, the WinePod ferments, presses and ages your wine based on commands received wirelessly from your home computer. Interactive software guides you through everything from punch-downs to rackings. The WinePod can accommodate a batch of 15 gallons of any grape variety, whether you use your own or buy frozen, destemmed grapes sourced from various vineyards in Napa and Sonoma ranging in price from $250 to $1,000. The entire process lasts up to a year and the end result is your very own homemade wine. “I’ve been working with it for almost a year,” said satisfied WinePod user Tom Lorincz of Hollister, Calif. “I had done small home winemaking before, the old way in bins and in small tanks, which was kind of a messy, cumbersome process.” The initial batch of 250 WinePods sold out, so if you want one of your own, you’ll have to join a waiting list. The good news, though, is plans are to ramp up production to about 100 WinePods a month by 2008. Let the home winemaking begin.”
Crazy no! One of these days I want to make my own wine, not sure this is the experience I had in mind though… If anyone out there has used it let me know how it went!