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Don't let these sour grapes get you down, and learn how to make wonderful merlots and pinots, along with a wide range of other unconventional wines and meads!

Epicurean Esters

by Caitlin Wilson

Many of the delicate notes celebrated in wines and beers are the work of esters, but producing them is finicky work.

Erik the Red Cherry Mead Recipe

by Chris Colby

This fruit mead was formulated to have a high probability of delicious success for a beginning mead-maker. If you follow the instructions closely, you’ll have a wonderful mead to drink in a couple of months.

Modern Mead-Making

By Chris Colby

Learn how mead-makers have adapted winemakers’ expertise, and try your hand at a cherry mead recipe calculated for success.

“Bee” Charmed in Baltimore

By Jean Denney

Meet James Boicourt, an entrepreneur with a beguiling take on modern mead-making.


A Taste of Place

By Kate MacLean

Learn how American innovation and traditional French ideals have left vintners of the two countries in constant contention.

Turning Weeds into Wine

by Christopher Shockey

Transform the abundant, tenacious, and underutilized dandelion into a flavorful spirit.

Pineapple and Pink Peppercorn Mulled Wine Recipe

Recipe by Nicole Herft; photography by Nassima Rothacker

Pair your favorite fruit with red wine spiced with star anise, cinnamon, cardamom, pink peppercorns, cloves, and orange juice.

Hybrid Vines: A History of Wine Snobbery

By Kate MacLean

Learn how crossbred grape varieties survived the wrath of rigid French vineyards to alter wine production across America.

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