Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Wine Processing

With the wine rack in situ in the garage ready to be filled & a number of demijohns vying for space in the attic room, I had a bottling session today.

First up was this year's Parsnip wine from January, followed by the Elderberry & Apple - which is the most delicious colour. A taste of each is promising - but also reveals that they will benefit from maturing for a few months.

This has freed up space upstairs for a demijohn of the second batch of Parsnip wine made from teacher Barry's parsnips, then still in a warm room downstairs (& now transferred from buckets to a demijohn) is a batch of Jerusalem Artichoke wine made with 4lb of Jerusalem artichokes dug up a couple of weeks ago.

The alternative to making wine would have been a tasty soup, albeit several gallons of it, & there's only so much room in the freezer.

Of course Jerusalem artichoke wine is a bit experimental, & whether it is a hit like the Parsnip, or utterly dreadful like the Celery remains to be seen!


  1. A Google search for "jerusalem artichoke wine" returns a surprising number of recipes . . .

  2. You know what I'm going to say! I'm not a lover of vegetable wines. Wine yeasts are meant to ferment fruit sugars.

    However, I hope it turns out well!

  3. Not sure I fancy jurusalem artichoke wine. I will be interested to see how it turns out.

  4. what fabulously clear and colourful beverages - you've obviously got this wine making lark down to a fine art. I bet you're popular on the plot (no wonder people keep giving you things to experiment with ;o)

  5. Hi Hazel,

    I have new plot at last, after nearly 3 years, and "Dig for Victory" lives again!

  6. Doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be good, though, Bilbo! And on the balance of experience to date, you may well be right, Flum - I still say that it's worth a go tho'. Once, at least!

    Pleased to meet you, Rumpleteazer - I'll be honest in my assessment of the wine - although the jury will be out for ages till it's ready.

    They might stop when they taste some of them, Nic! Although the bottles I've given to 'donors' seem to have gone down well - or is that people being kind...?!

    I'm looking forward to reading about how you get on with your patch of clay, Greenmantle - lovely to see you back. :)


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