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2014 Muscadine Wine Tasting

Muscadine Wine, my first wine, bottled October 2014

Muscadine Wine, my first wine, bottled October 2014

My last taste of this wine was a little over a year ago, in February 2015. It was my first attempt at wine. I began the batch with foraged muscadine grapes in August of 2014 and was bottled about 2 months later. The ABV, if I read the hydrometer correctly, was right on 16%. It was fairly hot at bottling. I opened a bottle in February, 2015 when it was about 3-1/2 months in the bottle and the notes were basically that it was still kind of hot, but had a nice color, light body, and fairly dry flavor that I would not have guessed was muscadine.

It is now March 4, 2016, so the wine has been bottled for almost a year and a half. While still slightly warm with alcohol and a little tannin, the nose and color are still nice and the body light. The thing that really jumps out immediately, though, is that the flavor has very noticeably softened. It is definitely more drinkable now! I don’t expect muscadine wine to last a decade, but this one is improving and I think it may benefit from even a little more time…but I have no idea when it will “peak” or turn the corner and head downhill. Tonight, however, I’m having a glass of wine that I’m pretty happy with!

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Day 33 Thanksgiving! Another Fawlty Brown Ale and Too Much Food!

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Sometime afternoon: I cracked open another Fawlty Brown Ale and relaxed before the cooking chores to come. This one was slightly better than the one last night, as far as carbonation, if that’s possible, but it seemed to dissipate by the last couple of swallows.  My Mother In-Law tasted it and gave it a thumbs up. Maybe a few more will be opened this evening. IMAG1929

Whatever is left will go home…I’m thinking of leaving a few in the refrigerator and a few out at room temp, to see if they improve with a bit more time. Much cooking ensued next. IMAG1930A turkey was cooked, a broccoli casserole was prepared, plain broccoli was prepped, giblets were turned into stock and a roux was created for gravy. Whew! Soon, it will be time to carve the 18 lb bird and make the gravy. Then, we must eat, drink and be merry! Happy Thanksgiving!

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