Wine

anything having to do with fermented beverages made from grape juice

Martyn Cornell on Anglo-Saxon Ale and Beer (Part II, mostly Beer)

Martyn Cornell on Anglo-Saxon Ale and Beer (Part II, mostly Beer)

In my last two posts:  the Anglo-Saxon words beor, ealu, medu and wyn may not be what they seem.  British beer blogger Martyn Cornell takes a crack at sorting out the word histories and what we actually know about any of them. I am reprinting this with Mr. Cornell’s permission.  his Zythophile blog […]

Martyn Cornell on Anglo-Saxon Ale and Beer (part I, mostly Ale)

Martyn Cornell on Anglo-Saxon Ale and Beer (part I, mostly Ale)

As I started to say in my last post, the Anglo-Saxon words beor, ealu, medu and wyn may not be what they seem.  It may be that we’ve been telling the wrong story about Anglo-Saxon feasts for long time.  Martyn Cornell takes a crack at sorting out the word histories and what we actually […]

Maybe, maybe not:  Beer, Ale, Mead and Wine in Anglo-Saxon England

Maybe, maybe not: Beer, Ale, Mead and Wine in Anglo-Saxon England

Beowulf, Bede, Aelfric’s Colloquy – in Anglo-Saxon, there are four words for fermented beverages, and lots and lots of descriptions of what happens when one drinks too much.  The four words look so much like modern English that they’ve been translated into the apparently parallel words for over a hundred […]

Where is your wine from? Or, Appelation Demystified

Where is your wine from? Or, Appelation Demystified

Wines are about where they come  from.  There is a critical piece of info on a wine label I’ve been overlooking.  When the label on a bottle of wine says “Cabernet Sauvignon”, I rarely get further than thinking that’s the kind of wine in the bottle.  I’m looking for a […]

Historical fermented beverages

Historical fermented beverages

 JoAnna Carrozzino asked me to write a post about the kinds of period beer.  Historical fermented beverage types…funny you should ask…I just whipped off a couple of very quick paper topics to the AHA for their grand convocation next summer.  I am torn between thinking I had to get my ideas in soonest and […]

Medieval Summer Camp and thinking about beer

Medieval Summer Camp and thinking about beer

I’m back home from medieval summer camp (where I and ten thousand of my closest friends re-create camps and life in different eras prior to 1600 AD, complete with battles, bards, and all manner of arts displays, tournaments, and competitions – have I mentioned the parties?).  I am thinking about […]

Books for Brewers: Historical Brewing Secondary Sources

Books for Brewers: Historical Brewing Secondary Sources

Most recently updated Aug. 18. 2015 Here is my list of historical brewing secondary sources; the references I reach for regularly.  I’ve already posted my personal list of primary sources on this site.  I’m planning three or four of these.   I think my next one will be modern how-to brewing […]

Books for Brewers: Historical Primary Sources for Brewers

Books for Brewers: Historical Primary Sources for Brewers

Most recently updated August 18, 2015 I am chagrined each time I see someone online asking whether there are period sources.  You bet there are!  Here is a running list of historical primary sources for brewers. Secondary sources are on another blog post, yet another has modern how-to books,  and there’s one […]

Medieval Brewing Smackdown and why it was fun

Medieval Brewing Smackdown and why it was fun

I used to know it as a fun fighting event. It all started like this In the world of medieval enactors in the Society for Creative Anachronism, an integral part of an event is the afternoon Court.  The local baron and/or baroness preside, and sometimes we have Royalty as well […]

Why compete in homebrewing: beer, wine, mead?

Why compete in homebrewing: beer, wine, mead?

Last year a brewing chum asked me why I compete in homebrewing.  He’s one of the most morose people I’ve ever met, so my first thought was that he was sulking as usual, and found hearing about my competition outreach distasteful.  Take out the sulking, though, and you’ve got a […]

Aqua Composita

Aqua Composita

Aqua Composita is a tonic, a medicinal cordial; it was not sweetened in most versions I found.  The document linked here is my full-length competition documentation examining how I made a batch, the recipes I found and the redaction decisions I made (and what I’d do differently next time). I […]

Müller-Thurgau : the perfect German table wine

Müller-Thurgau : the perfect German table wine

Müller-Thurgau is a white grape created by Hermann Muller from the Swiss canton of Thurgau in 1882.  However, it is a cross of Riesling with Madeleine Royale[1], which is a Chasselas seedling, and both Riesling and Chasselas are very old vines. There are several written references to Riesling as a […]