Cornucopia ~2018

Homemade Gifts of Bounty. Quiet day on the homefront today. Spontaneous day off from the CinC allowed me to spend the morning at the DMV and then work on some stuff here and think about the holiday season coming up. I enjoy gifting presents of food and beverage. It's the physical embodiment of nurturing through... Continue Reading →

Grape Harvest ~2018

Harvesting Merlot Grapes. No Gym Membership Needed. Harvesting and processing 200 lbs. of grapes is brutal work. Yesterday started at 6:00 am out in what can only be described as an idyllic vineyard setting. Fog gently receding over the rolling hills covered with oaks the occasional cow. The CA wine grape harvest season is in... Continue Reading →

Raspberry Wine ~1810

Berry Season! This raspberry wine recipe comes from A New System of Domestic Cookery (1810). What I really like about it is that (1) it's a simple recipe that's pretty much spot-on in terms of process, and (2) it's small batch. Typically these recipes come in batches of 50 gallons, so this one is a... Continue Reading →

Currant Wine ~1929

Currant Wine Recipe. The bounty of summer is upon us! Time to think about making fruit wines. A week or so ago, one of the young men working at the famers market asked the lady in front of us if she'd like some free strawberries and handed her a flat - told her she could... Continue Reading →

Cherry Wine Recipe ~1825

Homemade Cherry Wine. Looking for a cherry wine recipe? This one looks like it has potential. The primary fermentation is spot on in terms of process. I love how they burry it in sand to keep the must cool and then top it with a vine leaf - what imagery! The recipe even calls for... Continue Reading →

Economical Wine ~1825

Economical Homemade Wine Recipe.     If you're a home winemaker, read this one closely. It gets better, and better. How does economical wine work? You start with a cask and fill it partially with water. As fruit refuse becomes available (or any fruit for that matter), you throw it into the cask. Then, you... Continue Reading →

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