This blog is a record of the wine that I make and drink. Each flavour made and each bottle drunk will appear here. You may come to the conclusion that, on the whole, I should be drinking less.

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Elderberry Wine - 17th Bottle (A1), 10th November 2012

We are in York to celebrate Rachael's 40th. My little sister. She can't possibly be forty already? Doesn't she wear her hair in bunches and go to ballet lessons?

I hadn't seen her since February so haven't really had a chance to talk properly about her pregnancy. She is taking a refreshingly down-to-earth attitude. Pleased - yes (she thinks) but also very practical. I also met Paul, who I really like. He copes well with the amassed Hardys - and I suspect when gathered we can be quite intimidating.

I brought elderberry wine with me as it seemed right for the occasion: a solid, dependable and sweet red. Rachael had a sip to check and then decided that a glass could be her week's unit. I am honoured.


  1. I see your wine making book is on the 'further reading' list in 'Booze For Free', Ben?

  2. Is it? I had no idea. I am really pleased, and must send Andy Hamilton a thank you. Is it the first edition, or a reprint? His book is doing far, far better than mine, but I think that is right and proper. I'm a hobbyist, and he is a Proper Expert.

  3. I got my copy of 'Booze For Free' in the 'The Works' in Killarney, Ben. It says: Transworld Books but it's published by: Eden Project books?

    Don't think being on Amazon is enough. There are millions of books on it. Think a book need to be reviewed in the posh newspapers. The reviewers only seem to review books from the 'big' London publishers.

    You're a published author Ben and nobody can take it away from you.