02 Apr 2014 No Comments
The latest crazes in winemaking
Wine. There are so many varieties. There’s red, white, sparkling, rosé, champagne. There are different types as well. The list goes beyond Shiraz, Riesling, Prosecco, Zinfandel and Brut. As if there wasn’t a wide assortment of wines already, within the last couple of years people have got their creative juices flowing, inventing their own variations. No longer are fruity flavors limited to beers and spirits. Well, there is sangria, but the concept of a fruit wine isn’t quite the same.
Fruit wines have been increasing in popularity over the last few years. In France, purchases of fruit-flavored wines and sangria in 2013 increased by 45.2% since 2012, according to the LA Times. Much of this growth in sales is due to the fact fruit wines are budget friendly and easy to drink. The lowered alcohol content (8-10.5%) makes it well-liked amongst the younger French residents.
The latest in wine varieties is flower wine. Sure, rosé already exists but rose petals aren’t actually incorporated into the brewing process. And what’s great about flower wine is that it’s pretty simple to make, given that you already have the brewing equipment. You can always check on Craigslist and eBay if none of your local stores supply a wine making set. For those that do currently have one, Ariana Mullins proposes that you try her recipe of sparkling rose petal wine.
However, not everyone has followed along with the flower wine craze. Perhaps people are still dumbfounded by the idea that flowers are edible. And if this is your first time hearing that, well, there you go, people eat flowers – but it’s not so much as them nibbling on petals as a snack as it is adding flowers in their recipes. Many have started supplying edible flowers to the masses. In 2011 the Daily Mail announced that M&S started providing edible flower ranges. Could there be a reason why the UK retailer supplies hampers of wine and flowers? People put berries in their wines, why not add a petal or two in your champagne? With its vitamin C content, a rose petal could be enough to give your wine that extra acidity.
Who knows, the trend could catch on.