Category: My SCA Documentation

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two glasses of wine side by side, one red and one white

Riesling – an historical grape

DNA studies by Ferdinand Regner indicates that one parent of the modern Riesling vine is Gouais Blanc, known in Germany as Weißer Heunisch , brought to Burgundy from Croatia by [..]

two glasses showing red wine with and without oak aging

Tempranillo Wine, the rich Spanish red

Tempranillo is a variety of black grape native to Spain.  It is called Spain’s “noble grape”, and is the main variety used in Rioja[1].  Spanish cultivation of vitis vinifera, the [..]

a long line of large oak beer barrels on their side, three deep
Cordial glass with golden liquid

Apricot Cardamom Cordial

I really like cardamom, and it seemed to be a good match for apricots.  I took this to Interkingdom Brewing Competition at Pennsic, where it did well.  This is my [..]

Thistle Mead

 When I first got this honey, it tasted like thistle looks – spiny, kind of hairy, very green.  It took a long time to age out (measured in years, not [..]

Ale With Honey Historical documentation

At historical competitions, I provide two sets of documentation, 2-3 copies of each (assuming our usual three judges per category).  There is the executive summary, less than one page long: this [..]

rosemary bush

Ginger Rosemary Lime Mead

 I have made this and found it to be light and very pleasant with dinner on a hot summer night.  That said, it is too light and not apparently sweet enough [..]

DogfishHead Midas Touch Clone

I like Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch, which was developed from analysis of the funerary beverage found in King Midas’ tomb (well, it could have been his father’s tomb).  Dr. Patrick [..]