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Warm Wine Recipe with Lemon and Cinnamon. Red or white? Either works! Classic mulled wine recipe to warm you inside and out through those long, frigid nights with just a few simple ingredients: Wine Brown sugar Cinnamon Orange/lemon rind Cheers! Source: Simple Italian Cookery, 1912 More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Soup for the Poor... Continue Reading →

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 →

Orange Wine ~1837

1800s Orange Wine Recipe. This post is 9 months in the making! Just bottled my first orange wine. To each gallon of water add: 2 Lbs. white sugar (4 cups) 1 Lb. raisins Juice and peel of 1 Seville orange Other Ingredients: 1 Package white wine yeast (Montrachet) Re-hydrate the raisins by letting them soak... 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 →

La Ditta R. Petra Wine Co. 1913

San Francisco, CA. The nice thing about having a blog is that you get to indulge whims. Apart from antique cookbooks, I have been known to dabble in wine. Found these images from the L'Italia newspaper, published in San Francisco circa 1913. The newspaper is in Italian, so brush off those conjugations! Judging by the... 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 →

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