If you’ve clicked on a link in one of our blog posts to a wine recipe and found that it no longer works, it’s likely because it was one of Jack Keller’s recipes. He passed away in September 2020, and it appears that his winemaking website is no longer being maintained. An archive may be found here.Continue reading “Read This: Looking For Jack Keller’s Wine Recipes?”
Beautiful red roses grow amok here in an area that clearly hints at having once been a well-tended terraced garden. I choose to let the vegetation grow wild – and have been rewarded with sumac berries, peonies, lemon balm, yucca, and other delightful flora. The roses, as with many of the other flowers here, aren’t just pretty faces – they’re edible. And wouldn’t they make a lovely wine?Continue reading “Winecraft: Ruby Red Rose”
It was a hot and humid day. The honeysuckle perfumed the muggy air with its seductive fragrance. I ventured out, dressed from head to toe (for sun and tick protection), to harvest honeysuckle blooms, many of which seemed to be intertwined with brambles. Soon, my nitrile gloves were ripped to shreds – but, sometimes, sacrifices must be made in the pursuit of the land’s wild bounty.Continue reading “Winecraft: Heavenly Honeysuckle…And Blotto Bees”
Ah, the beauty of the mango: a plump orb that transitions from bright green to shades of orange, and when ripe, deep red. And this eye-catching fruit isn’t just pretty – it has an amazing, incredibly sweet, yet bright, flavor. With something that tastes this good right out of the peel, I just had to find out if that delightfulness would translate to wine!Continue reading “Winecraft: Merry Mango”
Spring is in the air and in a few months, I’ll have the bounty of the land available to forage and create wildcrafted wines. Huzzah! Until then, though, there are delightful wines to be made from other ingredients, like chai tea.Continue reading “Winecraft: Charming Spiced Chai”
Tea wines are lovely, and easy to make. I’ve discovered, however, that these are not well-suited to evening imbibing because of the caffeine content (though it makes for productive wee-hours writing – yikes), so I figured why not try making decaf tea wine?Continue reading “Winecraft: Tranquil Tea”
Happy New Year!! While it may technically be a holiday, ferments happen here on every day of the year. Here’s a peek at what’s fermenting!Continue reading “Farm Ferments: New Year’s Day 2021”
Part of the fun of fermenting is being creative, and when you’re moving nascent wine to a secondary and you see this…well, it merits capture not only in a photo, but in verse. Art is everywhere, if you look for it.
Ever tried plum wine? While the flavor of some wines barely suggest their ingredients, plum is not one of them – good plum wine just tastes of juicy plums.