Wine grapes in UK


In article , Pinky writes
Yes, after trying several alternatives, I now always freeze elderberries on their clusters, then strig them off with a kitchen fork. I'm tempted to go for a spiced wine with them this year, ginger, cloves etc. I call that a mulled wine, but I'm not sure if that is correct.
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Alan Gould. North Lincolnshire, UK.
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You are totally incorrect! A mulled wine is something entirely different in its preparation and drinking. It is made from a ready to drink red wine and is NOT part of the process of making wine It is always served warm to hot and the best mulled wines are about 1/2 wine and water prepared slowly with cloves, lemon & orange slices, a few sticks of cinnamon, sugar to taste --but not too sweet please. Definitely no ginger and then a splash of cognac just before serving When I lived in the Sultanate of Oman from 76 to 86 I regularly served up to 200 expats with gallons of the stuff prepared slowly over several hours under the afternoon sun ,over a low heat, in huge Indian style pans and the "splash" of brandy tended to be several bottles.
But it is easy to do it on a small scale in a saucepan. The danger is to use too much neat wine -- half water and wine with the spices produce the best result. And despite the addition of brandy it is not a high alcohol drink due to the evaporation of alcohol
You have other minor misconceptions in some of your posts on this wine NG. Beer makers talk about the "mash" wine makers refer to the "must" -- which is the mess of early fermenting sludge which produces amazingly good wines. A minor point but I am certainly not a beer maker and being in the home winemaking hobby for far longer than I like to admit to I do like to maintain the language!!!
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Trevor A Panther
In South Yorkshire,
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In article , Pinky writes
existing wine, but using them in making a new one. I have an old recipe for it which has always turned out well. It is a lovely warming drink to come home to after a day out in the cold. Elderberry wines are very adaptable to variations of choice.
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Alan Gould. North Lincolnshire, UK.
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Alan Gould

Ooops ! I meant "crush" and not "press".
I used the grapes from 4 boxes and then had a good foot stomping yesterday and now have 5 gals+ (imp) in two fermentation bins fermenting away like mad on the results. Quite cathartic really
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Trevor A Panther
In South Yorkshire,
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