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Making drinkable wine, however, requires either incredible luck or some serious science, and involves a bizarre collection of potion-testing tools you might expect to see Uncle Fester using in the basement of the Addams Family mansion. And making drinkable wine at home (in my household, we use the spare bathroom) only further reinforces how nutty and wizardry-esque winemaking can be. I never expected my bathroom to become a potions chamber filled with turkey basters and graduated cylinders for six weeks every year. Turns out that crafting vinous love in bathtub-sized batches takes some true mad science.