|Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:15 AM|
Several years ago Costco was selling Aronia juice, and Marilyn and I really like it— tangy, fruity, dark. But then they stopped. Now aronia has become the darling fruit of the anti-oxidant crowd, and with good reason. It ranks higher than just about anything in antioxidants, by a wide margin.
Most aronia wines we've tasted have not excited us. But we've got 100 lbs to play with this fall, and we're going to try a couple of experiments and try to turn out a decent aronia wine.
We're also considering a chokecherry port. We mocked up a half-bottle a few days ago, quite sweet and fortified with decent brandy. The cherry flavor grew enormously, even having hints of maraschino. This could turn out to be a wonderful sipping wine on a cold snowy evening! When winter comes, we'll help warm you up!
Our cherry crop was late-spring-frost-damaged this year, so not as much good Cherry Pie wine as last year. But our additional 150 cherry shrubs showed a hint of fruit this year, so we're expecting quite a crop next year. Sandcherry Kiss is also back, and will be available for purchase in mid-September.
For those wishing to pick their own chokecherries in quantity, search the internet for a "Swedish berry picker." They are red plastic and about $20 each. We can pick about 4 times faster with these tools.:)
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