I love wine.
I really love wine. I am not a snob about it....I am quite happy with a $4 bottle from TJ's, but I do love a good wine when I can get one....and really despite what you may think, most anyone can tell your basic table wine from a Good One. Living in the Pacific NW has its advantages. One of which being a plethora of vineyards and wineries within an hour's drive.
But wine is not a cheap love....so I have wanted for years to learn how to make my own. I have a TON of raspberries that grow in my garden, I even saved a lot from last years crop in the freezer for this specific purpose. I finally just jumped in and started my own Pollo Loco Homestead Raspberry Wine in April!
Shown is actually two versions.
The dark one on the end is a country wine, only takes about a month to finish. It was good, but a bit too sweet for my taste....but after adding some sparkling water and ice, it was fantastic.
The lighter color jugs are in it for the long haul. They will take 9 months to a year or more to finish. The hubs and I have racked this one already and will again soon. Then a few months later we will bottle it. I plan to try a bottle around the holiday's this year to see where it is at, I will keep you posted.
I followed this process to make the 12 month wine...from one of my favorite blogs, Chickensintheroad. I feel Suzanne and I are very much on the same page about a lot of things, I will reference her blog again.
I plan to try a mint wine next, as I have a lot of mint taking over a corner of my garden currently.