Fortified Wines

Fortified wines are sometimes known as dessert wines—they are popular wines to drink, but also to cook with.  There are four main kinds of fortified wines: Port, Sherry, Madeira and Marsala.  When thinking about a fortified wine, the thing to keep in mind is that extra alcohol has been added either before or during the wine’s fermentation process.  The following article discusses the major fortified wines and how wine-lovers might best enjoy them. … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Homemade Wine Fiascos

Some people may believe that homemade wine isn’t worth the trouble to make it.  However, if you follow the steps to making homemade wine carefully, it is well worth the effort.  If you are going to make the effort to create your own special brand of tastefully delicious wine, then take the time to avoid a few minor disasters with the following tips for success. … [Read more...]

How to Recognise a Home Brew Enthusiast

The home of a home brew enthusiast is not an ordinary one.  It is a journey into a hobby which has a tendency to take over the whole house.  If you use the bathroom and find the bath full of demi-johns – the ‘wine to be’ fermenting away inside – you know you’re in the home of a serious enthusiast. … [Read more...]

Life in the Early Breweries

Brewery workers in the latter half of the 1800s were largely men with only a scattering of women and children.  In fact, many of the men were of German ancestry. … [Read more...]