Presentation on theme: "Garden Wines Martina Paetzel MedPretzel Wine Recipe Moderator or You made wine out of what??!!"— Presentation transcript:
Garden Wines Martina Paetzel MedPretzel Wine Recipe Moderator or You made wine out of what??!!
Overview Golden Rule of Garden Winemaking Research Edible vs. Medicinal Wines Spices & Herbs in Home Winemaking Using Good Judgment Inspiration Your Garden Wine Approach General Recipe Other Points Question & Answer (??)
Golden Rule of Winemaking: When in doubt about any characteristic of a plant, do not use it! There are more inedible plants than edible ones! Example: Daylilies Hemerocallis fulva Not: Hemerocallis hybrida Stella Doro x
Research, research, research! WinePress.us discussion forum (http://www.winepress.us/forums/index.php) Jack Kellers Winemaking Website (http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/) The Joy of Home Winemaking by Terry Garey First Steps in Winemaking by C.J.J. Berry Library, extension agency Handout
Edible vs. medicinal wines Do not use purely medicinal plants! –Digitalis purpurea (foxglove) –Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley) –Atropoa belladonna (deadly nightshade) Most plants have some medicinal qualities to them, but are still safe –Chamomile - calming –Garlic - circulatory –Dandelion - calming X Allergies
Not sure about a plant? Dont use it! Remember the Golden Rule of Garden Winemaking!
Dont be afraid to use spices & herbs! Each herb, spice, or petal gives its unique flavor to a wine. You can grow them anywhere Herbs can be an eye-pleasing addition to your flower garden! If you like the smell, taste or color of an herb, you might like the wine made out of it!
Use good judgment! If you are unsure about any property of a plant, herb, or spice, do not use it. And use your sense of smell! Do not use too much! If it doesnt sound like a good idea, it probably isnt.
Dont be biased! Not just novelty wines or marinades! A few examples: –Chrysanthemum & Chicken –Tomato-Basil & Pizza –Daylily or Chocolate Mint –Sage or Rosemary-Nutmeg –Juniper
Keep Your Eyes Open for Inspiration! Cook books Bouquet of flowers Favorite foods Salad dressings Herbal teas
Your Garden Wine Approach Glass 2: –Add wine (ratio 1:1) –Add sugar, acid, tannin –Take good notes! This will give you a general idea what your unusual wine will taste like! 1. Make 2 cups of herb tea 2. Split into 2 glasses 3. Let cool Glass 1: –Check for color, clarity, aroma, & taste –Do not dump it! –Add sugar, acid, tannin –Take good notes! Optional: Glass 3: Add both cups together
General Wine Recipe 2 quarts of fresh garden harvest, loosely packed Water to 1 gallon 1 crushed Campden tablet, or equivalent 1 tsp acid blend 1 tsp yeast nutrient 1 tsp yeast energizer 1/4 tsp pectic enzyme Optional - tannin 1 can of Welchs White Grape Concentrate 2 pounds of sugar (to an SG of 1.085) 1 package of wine yeast for 1 gallon of fantastic garden wine!
Yeast Lalvin 72B-1122 Red Star Montrachet Champagne Yeast Lalvin EC-1118 Côte des Blancs Red Star Premier Cuvee
Some Words about Garden Wines Dried herbs/petals Aging Color Have fun, be creative! Remember the golden rule of garden winemaking! Dont knock it til youve tried it!
Take-Home Message If any property of a plant is questionable to you, do not use it.
Thank you! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me! MedPretzel