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.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Elderberry - Bottle B2, 25th-26th August 2011

It is a Friday night and I am pleasantly wibbly. Whilst I write I am eating a mixed fruit cobbler (only a little burnt because we failed to hear the pinger during Torchwood) and slurping a mug of bush tea.

I opened this bottle after coming home from Ian's Dreadful Octet - except this time Mary and Patrick were missing, so we played sextets badly instead. But with six of us, rather than eight, there were fewer versions of the tuning note. I left half an hour earlier than usual on the excuse (which was true) that I had barely seen Claire this week. Therefore, our first glass was drunk, lying in bed reacquainting ourselves.

The remainder was drunk tonight on a lazy, pleasant Friday evening where nothing much has happened in a thoroughly satisfying way.


  1. I love elderberry syrup and jam...def need to try making a wine though! Any helpful tips for me? :)

  2. We received an elderberry wine from a friend. I need to try the actually berry to come to a verdict on whether it was good or not.
    Perhaps I shall grow some next year.

  3. Tanya - I shall be making elderberry wine in mid(ish) September - so shall put a full blog post about that with quantities and method when I do. If you can get hold of a copy of September's 'Home Farmer' Magazine (October's is out next week) there is an article in there (by me - excuse the 'own trumpet') about how to make it.

    Dan - elderberries, raw, are bitter and unappealing, but make fabulous wine and (as Tanya says) jam. I don't know what Maryland is like for elder trees, but they are endemic in the UK and I just go foraging for them.