RECIPE ARCHIVE

BERRY WINES

The most like a grape wine an amateur can make without using a grape. Cold soak macerations are often used to extract as much flavour and colour as possible. Foraged, grown or bought the fruit is best used in season as fresh as possble.

 

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BLACKBERRY WINE

A fruity versatile wine that can easily be adapted between a medium or full bodied, sweet or dry wine but maintains the unmistakable blackberry taste it derives from. Ages well especially on oak.

FULL BODIED BLACKBERRY WINE TASTING

BLACKBERRY WINE RECIPE

 


Blackberry port 7 days oldBLACKBERRY PORT

With high ABV and full flavour this is richer and darker than the blackberry wine using light malt and a mountain of fruit and sugar to give a great port like body with a blackberry backbone. Can age for years to bring extra complexity.

BLACKBERRY PORT RECIPE

BLACKBERRY PORT TASTING

 


Blackcurrant wine glass and demiBLACKCURRANT WINE

Full bodied red that should not be mistaken with Ribena. High in tannin so needs a couple of years to mature but good things come to those who wait. Blackcurrants are hard to buy so growing your own or finding some at a pick-your-own farm may be needed. Blackcurrants ripen in early summer for an early berry wine to be made.

BLACKCURRANT WINE RECIPE


Blueberry Wine 14 weeks

BLUEBERRY WINE

Possibly a favourite of mine. Full bodied blueberry wine that requires a few extra techniques to create a great red. Can be aged on oak chips to give an even fuller rounder luxurious taste. Many think this should be drunk young but it ages extremely well and at about 18 months changes into a unique complex wine unlike any other berry wine. Basic recipe is very good for an intermediate wine maker but the blubec is my best recipe yest.

BASIC BLUEBERRY WINE RECIPE

BLUBEC – ADVANCED BLUEBERRY WINE RECIPE


Blueberry and pomegranate wineBLUEBERRY & POMEGRANATE WINE

Similar taste to the pure blueberry but with the bite of pomegranate added.

BLUEBERRY AND POMEGRANATE WINE RECIPE


Elderberry 2016aELDERBERRY WINE

The Le Royale of home made wine. Foraged berries that make a full bodied wine the closest you can get to grapes. Like grapes it seems to react greatly to the processes used to make it and one that needs some skill to master… I’m still trying! Dried elderberries can be sourced from the internet but best reults will be from fresh ones foraged in late summer into early autumn. Foraging guide here.

2016’S ELDERBERRY WINE TASTING

BALANCED ELDERBERRY WINE RECIPE

FORAGING ELDERBERRIES


ELDER AND BLACK 2ELDER AND BLACK WINE

Medium bodied red wine that has a classic grape taste through the elderberries with a balanced blackberry after taste. Takes a while to mature but very much worth the wait. Can reuse elderberry skins as a second run if desired.

ELDER AND BLACK WINE RECIPE

 


Gooseberry wine 2017GOOSEBERRY WINE

A fruity white or rosé wine that almost makes itself as it has tannin and acidity comparable to grapes. Can be adapted in a sparking wine for a classy Sham-pagne.

PERFECT GOOSEBERRY WINE RECIPE

PREVIOUS YEARS GOOSEBERRY WINE pt1

PREVIOUS YEARS GOOSEBERRY WINE pt2


rowan-wine-in-secondaryROWANBERRY WINE

One for the brave or lucky as I did not have a good time drinking this – the berries may not have been ripe so leave it as long as possible before harvesting.

ROWAN WINE RECIPE


strawberry-champagneSTRAWBERRY WINE

Quick to ferment and mature strawberries makes a versatile wine that can be sweet or dry for any palette. Ideal for beginners as the recipe can be very forgiving. Highly adaptable with a traditional and more modern recipes. The best home made sparkling wine has been an 18 month old strawberry champagne that was better than a £22 commercial version I tried.

STRAWBERRY WINE. THE BANANA-MASS EXPERIMENTS

STRAWBERRY CHAMPAGNE TASTING

MAKING STRAWBERRY VERMOUTH


FRUIT WINES

These wines use fruit other than berries to make wines that are less comparable to the grape like berry wines.

 

JUNIPER BERRY WINE

Experimental recipe I have updated from a Victorian one I found on the interwibble. Never got around to making it but here it is for a laugh. If any one does make it drop me some notes!

JUNIPER BERRY WINE RECIPE


QUINCE

QUINCE WINE

Quince wine recipe to make in the winter months when fruit is usually scarce. Makes a dry fruity white that needs mature for an absolute age to be good but when its good it is very very good!

QUINCE WINE RECIPE

QUINCE AND ROSE PETAL WINE RECIPE

 


RHUBARB WINE

Love it or loath it recipe to make rhubarb wine including taming the oxalic acid naturally present. From reports it is great for a sparkling wine which I do plan to try.

RHUBARB WINE RECIPE


Rosehip wine at 8 daysROSEHIP WINE

Delicate rosé for a still or sparkling wine. Foraged rosé hips are easy to pick in September/October time or from dried hips store bought.

ROSEHIP WINE RECIPE

 

 


orange-wine-recipe-5-days-oldSEVILLE ORANGE WINE

Unfairly maligned it makes a lovely wine Apparently good with fish or Thai food this easy to make white wine can also be drunk chilled on summer evening.

SEVILLE ORANGE WINE RECIPE

SEVILLE ORANGE WINE TASTING


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SLOE WINE

Technically a berry (I think) but it makes a more fruit like wine. Ideal as an alternative to mulled wine (bleurgh!) with its festive overtones.

SLOE WINE RECIPE

SLOE GIN AND SLOE CHUTNEY RECIPE


FLOWER WINES

Usually delicate whites that can be made sweet or dry and into sparkling wines easily

 

dandelion-champagne-openedDANDELION WINE

Labour intensive white wine that can also be adapted to a champagne. Light and gingery taste with a forgiving recipe.

FORAGED DANDELION WINE RECIPE

 


Elderflower wine in secondary fermentationELDERFLOWER WINE

The classiest wine of home brew white wines. A floral explosion of summer every one will love. Easily adapted to champagne and worth the effort to pick the elderflowers on a warm May/June morning.

FORAGED ELDERFLOWER WINE RECIPE

ELDERFLOWER CHAMPAGNE RECIPE

FORAGING ELDERFLOWERS


Gorse wine at one monthGORSE WINE

Funky little white wine that initially tastes like… coconut but mellows into a wine that tastes a bit less like coconut.

GORSE WINE RECIPE

 

 


ROSE PETAL WINE

Unsurprisingly a light rosé to make with either fresh petals if you live in a public park or dried if you don’t.

ROSE PETAL WINE RECIPE


LEAF WINE RECIPES

Tannic sherry like wines that are easy to make but take over a year or even two to mature.

Oak leaf wine tastingOAK LEAF WINE

Easiest recipe I have seen with great results for a unique and complex fino sherry like taste. Can be made with fresh spring or autumn leaves for a differing result.

OAK LEAF WINE RECIPE

 


Walnut leaf wine 6 days oldWALNUT LEAF WINE

Finding a walnut tree will be the hardest thing to do making this wine. Similar in style to the oakleaf wine but using far fewer leaves and creating a mellower and caramel infused sherry like wine.

WALNUT LEAF WINE RECIPE

 


VEGETABLE WINES

Suprisingly versatile for making wine despite what some say.

Beetroot wineBEETROOT WINE

I’ve had fun making it but the jury is out as I have not tasted it yet.

BEETROOT WINE RECIPE

 

 


GARLIC WINEGARLIC WINE

A cooking wine infused with garlic to add to risotto, paella or to roast meat in. Easy to make and wards off vampires.

GARLIC WINE RECIPE

 


Marrow Rum 3MARROW RUM

Just read it…

MARROW RUM

 

 


Parsnip wine 7 days oldPARSNIP WINE AND “SHERRY”

Dry almost sherry like recipe that creates a unique deep tasting wine with a residual sweetness even if made bone dry. Can be made in the winter months when demijohns free up from your summer wines.

PARSNIP WINE AND SHERRY RECIPE

 

 

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