This new year, as most of you may know, is special for us. It's our first new year, being married and it's been a happy ride all the way. I was,as usual,confused as to how I should bring in the NY on my blog. I have been thinking about it for quite sometime now and finally found an answer when I looked at my previous header image, yes, I haven't blogged about my homemade wine! In the midst of all the Christmas baking,packing and parties, I forgot about my wine, which has been aging in the bottles since September.
I gave some away as Christmas gifts and I have to tell you it was a hit. Some said, it was strong and they felt tipsy after they drank a glass of it. To be honest, I really like it this way. Amma makes wine throughout the year, in batches. So I have been drinking homemade wine ever since I started to walk,maybe? :-) I was known in my family to be the 'wine drinker' because I have had very funny situtations after having gulped (yes!)down a glassful.
When I was little,about 4 years old, Amma thought of giving me some wine so that I would ,maybe , go to sleep or be quiet so that she could do the work that she had for that day. I think she had lots to do that day.So, she gave me some wine to drink and I got tipsy. I took a broomstick and started to climb the refrigerator! I don't think I need to tell you how much work Amma was able to do that day when her 4 year old daughter was drunk !
I have a habit, be it any drink, from coffee to wine,I cannot sip anything. I need to gulp it down in one go and finish it. Jobin finds it scary. He tells me always to slow down which I am trying to, in vain! So maybe by next new year, I'll slow down, a bit :-) I shall keep you posted! :-)
AMMA'S HOMEMADE GRAPE WINE
1.5 kg red/black grapes ( I used the grapes with seeds, you can use seedless to)
2 kg granulated sugar
2 tsp yeast
1 egg white,beaten lightly
4.5 litres boiled and cooled water
200g Vella gothambu/Wheat berries (I found them in Whole Foods)
Equipment needed: A bucket with a lid (preferably red colour) / Glass canister with a loose lid/ Bharani /Earthenware jars. I used a glass canister with a loose lid from Walmart.
Wash the grapes and knead it lightly to break the skin.
Add the grapes and rest of the ingredients together into the jar that you are using to ferment the wine, mix it and leave it covered in a dark place.
Stir it once everyday for the first 21 days.
On the 21st day, strain the wine with a cheesecloth/nadan thoarth.
Leave it undisturbed in the dark for the next 21 days. NO STIRRING NEEDED.
On the 42nd day, strain and bottle it.
Verdict: I am thinking of making another batch already, because we are completely out of stock now. It's always nice to have a back up, you see :-) This wine is on the sweeter side, so those of you who never liked the other type of wines, you might like this. When I first tasted a commerical wine, I really didn't like it. But now, when we go out, we end up drinking such wines and I have developed a taste for it. We even went wine tasting in Napa Valley, California. It was a good experience!
Given a choice between homemade and commercial, I would go with the homemade wine :-)