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    The Candle Wine Project


    2011 - 01.12

    Hmmm, seems that there’s a bit of a theme at the moment, giving shout outs to friends who are doing something interesting on the Internet.  This one however is perhaps a little disturbing in that it’s probably a little too close to the sorts of things which Karin would love to be doing with her summer’s off, urban homesteading, or actual homesteading I suppose.

    This “project” is spearheaded by my cousin-by-marriage*, Heather, and it revolves around turning an interest into a hobby, and hopefully eventually into a viable business.  Here’s what she says about The Candle Wine Project:

    I am documenting my growth in what I hope will lead me to start my own business of selling cider and fruit wine.

    The idea was a slow growing one. I was raised on a farm, but went to live and work in the city. The recession was coming on, and I’m always looking for ways to do things myself to save a buck. You know, go back to the basics. I moved in with my boyfriend in a house in the suburbs, and finally got to grow a garden. After my boyfriend was upgraded to fiancé, we went to a local distillery, and I was really impressed, thinking, this would be awesome to do myself, but I didn’t really do anything about it. However, there was a man in our tour group who said he had brewed cider, and I thought that would be a better starting point since my parents have six apple trees on their property. Free material source!

    I got a hold of some books on cider and started reading them on my honeymoon since I now had time with the wedding being over. I was strictly thinking of doing it as a hobby at this point. There was one day, however, where I was jealous of my husband’s summers off from teaching, and the increased recession fears that my new boss was going to let me go. This idea of having a winery suddenly popped into my head, and I’ve kind of obsessed with the idea since, knowing that I still wouldn’t get summers off.

    My winery would not sell grape wine because that can be found anywhere. Instead, I draw my inspiration from Shallon Winery in Astoria, OR. It is run by an old gentleman who makes the most wonderful fruit wines, including a cranberry whey wine and a chocolate orange wine. One time I when I was there, before I had my business idea, I asked what would happen upon his death, as it would be a terrible thing to lose his recipes. Now I hope that I could purchase at least the cranberry whey wine recipe from him.

    I hope you will watch as I try to turn this little hobby into a business.

    There’s also a Facebook page for The Candle Wine Project if you prefer using Facebook.  Go ahead, you know you’ll “like” it ;-)

    * when I was thinking about this post, I thought to myself, how do I describe this relationship: the wife of my cousin, or more precisely my father’s brother’s son’s spouse.  I suppose the appropriate and commonly accepted term would be cousin-in-law, or because most people don’t question the lineage of cousins (at least in polite conversation) cousin probably would have been an acceptable shorthand.  That said, I elected to go with cousin-by-marriage, because well it’s accurate, and it also in my mind seems less insulting than cousin-in-law, which felt to me to imply that if it weren’t for some “law” you would not recognize that individual as having any relationship to you!