Been doing it years, while the kits go against the grain (pardon the pun) for me, I have to add my vote to the woodfords wherry bandwagon
Now is the time to be foraging blackberries to make wine for Christmas 2013. We missed out this year (2011 crop) but last years batch was a real heady dark purple. Too much of it and you knew about it. Still have a bottle somewhere.
My favourite summer brew that you can drink within a few weeks like beer is elderflower 'champagne' it's like the lemonade you used to make as a kid, but with a headspin
we made 20 litres this summer in the hope we could store some. Not so, too popular!