Lenny Posted September 5, 2011 Share Posted September 5, 2011 While still a couple weeks—month(s) out from our distillery being up and running, I was recently contacted by a local winery that is sitting on 1,000 gallons of red wine that was brutally infected with acetobacter. The owner of this winery has decided that the only way to recover any money from this disaster is to sell it as distilling stock — potentially to me since I'm opening the nearest distillery-to-be. A few questions to those with more experience and understanding... 1. Is there a standard'ish market value for such a wine gone bad to be used for edv/brandy production? I've been fumbling with what a fair $/gallon value might be if I did choose to acquire this stuff. Seems like something with the alternative of being dumped should be let go for a pretty fair (ie. dirt cheap) price. 2. From the bit of research I've done, it's sounding like an acid based infection in wine could actually be desirable for distilling purposes -- but, it's a red wine and as far as I know it's sitting at 12 or so percent abv. I did some *experimentation* with 5 gallons of this wine and the resulting new make had some nice qualities by my standards (I've got little to compare to with my minimal exposure to wine distillation). I'm wondering though, if I'd be signing up for some overly foul flavors/esters in comparison to the more archetypal wine based spirits out there, as a result of the higher abv wine base? 3. Rather than acquiring this distilling stock from the winery and producing the spirit as my own offering, I had thought that there might be a legitimate way for me to offer distilling services to this winery so that they might ultimately be able to sell this edv or brandy as another product in their portfolio - ideally out of their tasting room. The proprietor of this winery did not think this was the case. If this *is* indeed the case, can someone point me in the direction of any information (i suspect somewhere on ttb.gov but I didn't turn up anything) on how this process might be handled? I very much appreciate any insight you all might have to offer up. -lenny Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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