Blueberry Wine Time
It has been sometime since I have posted anything here and admittedly, I’ve not done a lot of wine making recently, either. There are a number of reasons for that – life moves in different directions and sometimes takes you by surprise.
I certainly haven’t lost interest in home wine making and am planning on getting right back into it very soon. Which reminds me – in many parts, blueberries are in season! If you enjoy or want to make wine from fresh fruit, now is a good time to pick up some blueberries for your next experiment.
I personally recommend that when you make a new wine that you’ve never made before, you may want to consider starting off with a smaller batch such as one gallon. If you end up making five gallons and have something you don’t like, that’s a lot of wine to put down the drain. On the other hand, if you’ve only made one gallon but it turns into something you absolutely love, you may regret you didn’t make more of it. I know that has happened to me a few times.
There are some great blueberry wine recipes around, but I prefer the simper ones myself. Especially if it is a new wine that I’ve never made before. If I enjoy it, I may try some other recipes the next time, along with the one that I enjoyed what it produced.
Due to their rich mineral content as well as malic, citric, tartaric, and benzoic acids, blueberries can produce rich flavored wines and will regularly vary in their taste. Many people suggest that blueberry wine is their favorite non grape wine, as well.
Blueberries are known to grow in many places throughout North America, and are often sold along rural highways picked fresh. Of course, they can also be purchased in grocery stores, usually in pint size containers and when in season, are quite reasonably priced. You can also purchase them frozen and I have made wine from the frozen variety that was very good.
If you’re lucky enough to live close to or be traveling through areas where blueberries grow abundantly, you might want to consider doing that as a fun family activity. Some of my favorite memories with my sons include wild blueberry picking – of course, many of them were eaten before they could get to the collection containers! But it was fun.
For a simple blueberry wine recipe, click here.