Posted 03 September 2002 - 03:59 PM
So what non-grape wine have you seen or tried? Was it tasty or was it run-to-the-bathroom-spit-it-out-and-gargle-with-listerine heinous?
Posted 03 September 2002 - 04:08 PM
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Posted 03 September 2002 - 11:05 PM
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Posted 04 September 2002 - 05:18 AM
Of course there will be those who scoff, but remember when wine tasters describe wines about the only flavour or aroma they never mention is "grape". You get elderberries, grapefruit, raisins, peaches etc. etc., so a well made non-grape wine has got to have a chance.
Posted 05 September 2002 - 08:30 AM
It has been way too many years to remember the exact recipe for the watermelon wine, but it was from a basic wine recipe, using watermelon instead of grapes.
Hmmmm... watermelon sounds interesting. Was is sweet or dry? Where did you get the recipe?
We made several batches - the first batch wasn't very good. Extremely sweet and little other taste. The second batch was made with mainly watermelon, and very little water, using a higher alcohol yeast, but still really sweet. We ended up using green teabags, about 6 watermelons, a couple of gallons of water, sugar, and low alcohol yeast, after the primary fermentation was done, we racked it for about a month, strained, added some more watermelon, a little honey and high alcohol yeast. This fermented for about a month, (we alternated adding sugar and watermelon every time the fermentation seemed to stop). We racked it once, for 2 or 3 months, drank about 1/2 of it (it was good OK?),then bottled the rest. About a month later bottles started popping the corks (oops - forgot to add the camden tablets), so we had some sparkling watermelon wine, which was interesting.
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Posted 07 September 2002 - 03:45 PM
The thing about non-grape wines is, if you're expecting a wine, you will probably be disappointed. If you're just expecting a mildly alcoholic beverage, they can delight.
Posted 07 September 2002 - 04:44 PM
North River Winery in Jacksonville, Vermont makes quite a variety of mostly apple-based wines: an apple-blueberry table wine (quite dry), Northern Spy (only every other year; also very dry), plus some medium-dry rhubarb and some sweet ones, such as a maple-syrup/apple/raspberry dessert wine. They are quite surprisingly good and can be drunk at table with food. Not a Boone's Farm in the lot. They hold Vermont state's winery license #1. There are others around the state (listed in tourist booklets), but we've never tried their products.
As I recall, there was also a winery in Trenton, Maine that made blueberry wine. Less wine-like than North River's, but still better than expected. Don't remember the name, though.