Well, the short answer to that question is no. There are many things to consider when choosing the store to make your wine. The biggest items are as follows:
1. Cleanliness – This one is real simple. If the proprietor is not ensuring the store is clean, then you have to wonder how much attention they are paying to sterilization. Simply stated, this is THE MOST IMPORTANT attribute. Take a look at the floor and if it looks like it hasn’t been cleaned since Jean Chrétien was Prime Minister, then chances are the product they produce is inferior.
2. Sales – Does it seem like they just want to get your money and are not willing to help you understand the process? Chances are you will not enjoy the finished product that’s is produced in that establishment. Wine is a PERSONAL TASTE and you should never feel rushed or pressured.
3. Disclosure of process – Your wine is being processed by the establishment so they should be willing to show you any part of the process. If they don’t want to show you, what do they have to hide?
4. Selection and Price – Price is most likely the reason why you came in but don’t be fooled. The lowest price is not necessarily a good product and in some cases the highest price does not mean the best product. Ask about the supplier of the wine as well as where it is from. The supplier is the most important part of this question. For instance, if the supplier is RJ Spagnol’s, then they can tell you it is a Vincor/Constellation company and has access to a wide range of quality juice from around the world (Vincor owns Jackson trigs and Inniskillan).
5. Environment – Does it look like a place you can bring or refer your friends to? Do they have an assortment of Wine Accessories? Winemaking is supposed to fun, not a chore!