Last week we finished bottling our first home winemaking experiment. I say “we” in the fondest sense because Greg is by far the wine expert in this domestic partnership. I drink what he pairs with my food and visit the wine shop with his notes on what to buy.
We have great success in winemaking with our friends at Vine Park Brewing in St. Paul. However, this spring it was time to go at it alone. End result: 29 bottles of German Müeller-Thurgau and a full wine fridge. Müeller-Thurgau was described to us as a mild white wine; it was the most popular grape variety in Germany before the Riesling hit the global market. The directions call for aging the wine in the bottle for at least 30 days, with better results around 90 days. We are planning the first opening for Easter Sunday brunch.