Berry flavours preserved in alcoholic drinks – what could be better... Learn about the plants to use, see step by step how to make country wines and make your own elderberry ‘Fizz’ and an Autumn liqueur to take home.
New for this year – Autumn winemaking.
September is the month when the hedgerow bears it fruity goodness and we start the course foraging for berries, hips and haws along the edges of our wood. Then everyone will start off their own 2 litres of Elderberry fizz under the direction of Taste the wild’s co-founder Rose.
Lunch will be a simple but hearty fare cooked on the camp fire.
The afternoon will start with tastings of different country wines and Rose will show you how to make reliably great Elderberry and Blackberry wine on a small scale in your own kitchen. You’ll learn about winemaking equipment and the science of fermentation, the importance of acidity and tannins and there will be lots of helpful tips.
Then we move on to liqueurs: tasting a few, discussing the different flavours of the wild berries and how to balance them to produce a delicious drink perfectly suited to you!
Everyone will create their own 250ml ‘wild Spirit’ to take home.
Along with your bottle of wild berry spirit you will take home a 2 liter fermenting bucket of Elderberry champagne to finish fermenting at home and a sheet of recipes so you can easily create your own wines and berry drinks.
The course starts at 11.00am and finishes at 4pm. The course is held in Taste the wild’s woodland kitchen. (Nr Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire) directions to the wood will be sent with course booking confirmation. A light lunch and drinks are provided, please wear suitable outdoor clothing.
The cost of the course includes:-
• all tuition
• wine and liqueur tastings