Peripatetic philomaths…focusing on what's really important, eating ethically and cleanly, fermenting, foraging/wildcrafting, practicing herbalism, and being responsible stewards of our land. Sharing our photos, musings, and learnings. Still seeking our tribe.
The goldenrod is blooming! Pollinators are busily working the plentiful blooms, a favorite of the Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetles (also known as Goldenrod Soldier Beetles). With Autumn now upon us, it felt like it was time to start another batch of this special wine.
If you haven’t already tried making them, herb wines are fabulous. They’re easy to make and delightful to drink. Mint is one of my favorites and it’s a good way to use up an excess of that prolific plant. I happened to have some Thai basil that was fast approaching becoming past its prime, so I figured why not try a basil wine?
Having previously posted on my first attempt at making Apple-Fruit Cocktail wine, I thought it was time for another batch. V1.0 was surprisingly good – I was prepared for something along the lines of a cloyingly-sweet “Pruno”-type beverage, but it was actually a respectable wine. With some leftover apple juice and a couple of cans of tropical fruit cocktail sitting in the pantry, it was time to make the next version!
With a stretch of sunny weather, I decided to harvest the Smooth Sumac berries. They had deepened in color, and touching a finger to a berry (and tasting it) indicated that they were definitely ripe – and pucker you up sour!
So your wine has fermented, you’ve racked it to a clean carboy a couple of times to get the wine off the sediment, and now you’re ready to bottle it. You have clean, sanitized bottles, new corks, and a floor corker ready…right?