I’m not a wine expert. I can’t tell you if a wine has hints of pear or raspberry or oak or chocolate. I can barely detect the difference between a cheap wine and an even cheaper one. I suppose my palette isn’t that delicate or maybe I just need to drink more wine!
The irony of this is that I make my own wine. Because I have kids. Let me explain…
My family are beer makers. My dad, my two brothers-in-law, and even my husband have dabbled in the brewing world. Taste testing the newest batch is always fun! And while I do enjoy a good ice cold beer on a hot day, wine is my preferred adult beverage of choice. Specifically, red wine (but I don’t discriminate!). After my daughter was born, I knew I needed a hobby–something I could do for me, for my sanity, for fun! So I got into making my own wine, which is actually quite simple, much more so than making beer.
I willingly admit that my first couple batches were a bust. As the wine ferments, it gets carbonated with the gas from the yeast. You can mix the wine to release a lot of the gas, but you realllllly got to mix it. I did not mix my first couple of batches. And my older sister lovingly told me that the carbonated red wine she tried tasted like a butt with fart bubbles of yeast bursting in your mouth. Possibly the worst wine review ever. But I have improved!
Except for my last batch. It’s a cabernet sauvignon and it’s drinkable, but there’s something just a bit off. Like it lost the alcohol somehow? Not sure, but I’ve got SIX GALLONS sitting in my basement and good golly what the heck do I do with it? Why, hello Pinterest…
My search has turned up several out of the box recipes that highlight the glory that is red wine, and I just had to share them because RED WINE ICE CREAM people!
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Red Wine Popsicles
Red Wine Truffles
Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese
Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Red Wine Iced Tea Sangria
Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes
Cheesecake Bars with Wine Gelée
Red Wine Ice Cream Float