When life gives you apples, make apple wine.
On the way home to Asheville, North Carolina, from the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, my husband and I stopped in to visit our super-gardener friend Tom in rural Virginia. Since I had been toting around a bottle of homemade apple wine for my demonstration at the fair, we decided to open it and taste the contents to see how several days in a warm car plus some jostling might have affected the flavor.
Not to worry! We poured some, took a sip, and were amazed at how well it had traveled. The flavor was crisp, finishing slightly sweet and with just a hint of apple flavor. Yum.
And to make it even better, Tom suggested making a wine cocktail using an essence of his homegrown pink variegated Meyer lemon blossoms. That’s right: lemon blossom extract. His potted citrus trees are so successful that he regularly harvests the fragrant flowers to preserve in vodka. Such fruit thinning makes for a better crop in the long run.
Apple wine: a perfect accompaniment for an autumn brunch. Make some with this year’s apple harvest and enjoy it a year from now.
Making wine at home doesn’t have to be intimidating. Drink the Harvest co-authors Nan Chase and DeNeice Guest demonstrate: