Grandma’s Love Potion is our spin on an old fruit wine recipe traditionally made in Finland. In the traditional recipe, a jug is filled almost to the top with wild whole blueberries, and then just barely covered with sugar-water. The jar is then left in the sun for several weeks to allow for fermentation via the natural yeasts. Finlanders call this wine “Lappish Hag’s Love Potion”.
Our version uses blueberries from a family-owned blueberry farm in Hammonton, New Jersey. We do a long, cold fermentation in bins, and then age it in steel for 9 months to a year before bottling. In our first few vintages, Grandma’s was blended with a small amount of barrel-aged Chambourcin to add some complexity. The current version, on sale now in our tasting house, is 100% blueberry which greatly accentuates the blueberry flavor.
At 5.6% residual sugar, Grandma’s Love Potion is sweet, but not cloying, because it is balanced by acidity. Intertwined are subtle flavors of cinnamon and cloves, which give the wine a warming spiciness. Grandma’s Love Potion is perfectly paired with cheesecake or ice cream during the summer and with game meats or pork during the winter. The wine is normally served chilled, but for a wonderful holiday treat that will fill the house with the aroma of good cheer, Grandma’s can be warmed with cinnamon sticks and whole cloves.
Coming this fall is a stronger complement: “Grandpa’s Fantasy ‘, a blueberry port will make its entrance on September 2nd, 2017. The pair will make excellent Christmas gifts.
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