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Getting Sacked (Mead Recipe)
Getting Sacked (Mead Recipe)
As we're working through additional mead varieties, we must take a minute to talk about Sack Mead. A mead with a high alcohol content between 16% and 18%, sack is a very sweet mead that has to be handled somewhat differen ...
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The Wild Child: Pinot Noir
The Wild Child: Pinot Noir
With tightly bunched, pine cone shaped grape bunches, it's no wonder that Pinot Noir literally translates from French as pine black. Though the variety is originally from the Burgundy region of France, it does well in coo ...
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Merlot: Tones of a Softer Red
Merlot: Tones of a Softer Red
Thought to come from the French merle or merlau, meaning blackbird, Merlot is a dark blue wine grape variety associated with the Bordeaux wine making region in France. It is an earlier ripening, softer and more fleshy gra ...
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Chardonnay: Grapes and Wine
Chardonnay: Grapes and Wine
As we work our way through the major wine varieties, we're starting with one of the most popular whites: Chardonnay. This green skinned grape variety from the Burgundy region of eastern France is one of the most commonly ...
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Premium Vintage: The History of Wine Varieties
Premium Vintage: The History of Wine Varieties
Wine in general goes back thousands of years, but it was specifically limited for many years by the type of fruit and grapes available in the area. At some point, a winemaker realized that using grapes off a particular ty ...
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Caramelize It: Making Bochet Mead
Caramelize It: Making Bochet Mead
Whether it's a plain mead or a melomel, sometimes you want to develop more complex flavors. But how do you get smokey tones of toffee, chocolate, caramel or marshmallow into your meads? By making a bochet or bochetomel!A ...
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Northern Exposure: Acerglyn
Northern Exposure: Acerglyn's Maple Syrup Roots
There's just something about maple syrup and sugar, with its intense flavor and inherent sweetness, that brings up memories of log cabins, a fire in the woodstove and easygoing vacation memories. Acerglyn is a mead made o ...
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Back in Black: Black Currants in Wine
Back in Black: Black Currants in Wine
The blackcurrant is a bushy shrub grown for it's pungent fruit, common in Europe and imported to the United States during the 19th century. Requiring careful management, blackcurrants have been used for centuries as a tr ...
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American Pyment: Grape Meads
American Pyment: Grape Meads
As we've been discussing the various melomels, it's invariable that a discussion of meads flavored with grapes come up in any conversation with a home brewer. Pyments are meads that have grape juice added for flavoring, w ...
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