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Good Dandelion Wine? – A bit of fun!

English: dandelion and bee

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For gardeners and landscapers alike, the dandelion represents an unprecedented threat from other pests. These small yellow flowers can raid a lawn or garden in a matter of days and ruining a piece lovingly cared for by your landscape. However, they might be regarded as a threat obstructive pulmonary disease is a little misleading. There are many, many uses for dandelion, far beyond us negative reputation. Besides the use in food, dandelions have many medicinal properties, and its roots can also be used to a drink that is very similar to create coffee.

For generations, dandelion were collected and used in one of our favorite drinks: wine. Families have a specific recipe that was passed down from generation to generation. In recent history, but dandelion wine went into the popularity. This is mainly due to the increasing urbanization of the people. More and more of the population is concentrated in urban centers and go to a basket or bucket full of dandelions is not as convenient as it once was.

Dandelion Wine is a product of the petals of yellow flowers of the plant. Unfortunately, the green of the plant give bitter taste to wine that has little appeal for many. The production of wine with sweet, refreshing flowers is very satisfying than many white wines on the market. Than whites, it is best served cold on a hot day, and goes well with lighter dishes.

Most of the recipes for dandelion wine are very similar to each other. The main ingredients are always the petals of dandelion, water, sugar and yeast. The amount of dandelion petals used varies from recipe to recipe. Usually between six and ten cups If pluck petals from the flowers, that’s a lot of dandelions! What determines the amount of sheets is used; generally the amount of sugar is used. The part of the sugar in the recipe is normal granulated sugar usually, but there are recipes that use the honey instead of sugar. Sugar is the important part of the wine that is fermented and converted into alcohol and carbon dioxide. A larger amount of sugar produces higher alcohol, which can overwhelm the taste of small flowers.

This is probably the reason why some recipes contain a much higher percentage of flowers. Finally, the yeast is part of the wine making recipes that will do the job of turning the mixture into wine. Although each type of yeast is needed to do the work to convert sugar into alcohol, the wine makers have certain types of yeast used to ferment the wine, when the wine began thousands of years ago. At the present time, these varieties of yeast in each wine-growing supply store may be located. The yeasts that are better uses for dandelion wine yeasts are often the same ones that are good to produce white wines.

Traditional recipes for dandelion wine produce a clear wine, yellow, that most of the features of the popular white wine have on the market. They are best served cold food, white light that does not overwhelm the taste of the wine. Dandelion wine also tends to be lower alcohol content than most traditional wines.

Dandelion wine recipes have come a long way from just essential recipe. You can discover recipes for dandelion wine, which contain a variety of ingredients from other flowers, fruit and herbs and spices. Flowers, which are often combined with dandelion for the production of great wines, are lavender, rose and chamomile, to name just a few. Examples of fruit wines that benefit from a combination with dandelion, are those with melons , strawberries or other fruit , which made ​​it easier and you do not taste the flavor profile of the wine dominate .

Probably the most popular ingredients to match with dandelions in wine making are the honey. When combined with honey, dandelion wine, commonly called “metheglin.” A metheglin some mean (honey wine), which is produced by one or more plants (like dandelions) as a Hauptteilder flavor component. Metheglins are incredibly versatile, and almost all herbs and spices are used to make a wine.

Delectable Wine – A great Wine App


iPhone Screenshot 1“The Essential Wine App”

— James Beard award winner Jordan Mackay.

Remembering, sharing, discovering and buying amazing wines has never been easier. Simply take a picture of any wine and we’ll do the rest! Delectable’s comprehensive database of wines combined with unparalleled photo recognition (plus our team of wine experts to guarantee accuracy) makes remembering the wines you are drinking, learning about them, and buying them again easier than ever.

Delectable’s community brings enthusiasts and wine industry professionals together to share and discover great wines. See what the hottest sommeliers, winemakers, wine writers and your friends are drinking and get their perspective on the wines they love. Whether you’re at a Michelin Star restaurant, sipping in Napa, or drinking at home, this is the app for you.

◦ Snap a photo of your wine and we identify the vintage, winemaker and wine name
◦ Add ratings and tasting notes
◦ Tag friends and locations to remember great time and great tastes
◦ Search for all kinds of wines: Pinot, Cabernet, Malbec, Zinfandel, Merlot, Chardonnay, and more
◦ Build your wine cellar: keep an inventory of all the wines you’ve enjoyed
◦ Follow sommeliers from Napa, Bordeaux, Burgundy, and other top wine regions
◦ Buy wine quickly and easily

Testimonials from people using Delectable 

“Works exactly as one would hope, especially in a free app. Allows you to take a photo, make a comment about the wine and that’s it (optional share with twitter/facebook or mark private). In the background it’ll identify the wine bottle photo and then adds the winery/type/vintage details to your log. Social (passive sharing) and monetization (buy this wine again). Extremely well executed. Can’t go wrong”
— A Delectable User, 1/11/2013

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— A Delectable User, 11/7/2012

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An old wine does good!

The age old adage about never using wine you wouldn’t drink to cook with comes short yet again. I, for one, am a firm believer that you can still get the great qualities out if an old wine that might be better tipped down the drain.
Well, I hate waste so I refuse to tip dead wine fine the drain, and always look for an excuse to cook something.
So here was last nights braised leg of lamb with a very old Shiraz! And it came up trumps!