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Cheers to Garden Goodies 2019!

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For the year-end celebration of Garden Goodies we are toasted blackberry wine. The berries in this wine were actually picked back in 2018 with Molly Koweek.

It took a year to properly ferment and age the wine to perfection. What Justin has found to be the key to making spectacular blackberry wine is to carefully select the berries.

It is not every year that there is a good crop of uniformly good tasting berries. Most years you will find the berries to be average. Some sweet, some a little bitter. The bitter berries will make for a bitter wine.

If you have average berries then you often need to blend your finished wine with grape wine to make it more palatable.

The berries in this batch of wine are wild Marathon county blackberries. 2018 was a great year for blackberries and Justin was able to find a patch that was prolific and sweet.

The wine we tasted is a sweet unblended pure wild blackberry dessert wine.

Neena Pacholke

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