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A Rare Wine Close-Up: Dandelion Wine A Rare Wine Close-Up: Dandelion Wine
A Rare Wine Close-Up: Dandelion Wine

Dandelion wine is an old Celtic concoction that was believed to be medicinal in its earliest usage. In 1800-1900 Europe, Dandelion was a game-changer for women who dabbled in drinking. Back then it was not believed proper for women to consume alcohol. Since Dandelion wine was deemed borderline medicinal, it became an acceptable and popular beverage for ladies to consume. Song titles and poetry mention dandelion wine on occasion, but how many bottles sell per year? Dandelion wine sales are significantly less than convectional wine purchases because nowadays,  it’s a bit rare. Classically-made Dandelion wine is known to have earth and citrus notes. Delicate dandelion buds are also used to add earthy, floral notes to cuisine, and can be steamed or eaten raw.


Dandelion Wine Ingredients

Since Dandelions are weeds, it is suggested that you wait for them to bloom in your town for making this wine. Of course, it is not suggested to ever eat an edible plant if you are uncertain or untrained in field plant identification and consumption. Classically-made dandelion wine calls for the following ingredients:

  • 3 quarts of Dandelion blossoms
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 2 oranges, with peel
  • 1 lemon, with peel
  • 3 lbs of sugar
  • 2 package of wine yeast
  • 1 pound of raisins

The ingredients above are mixed and steeped together in order to brew the wine. The citrus as well as the citrus peel are included in the brew, so notes of citrus as well as citrus peel will be tasted. Can you picture the notes you would taste in Dandelion wine from the ingredients above? What would you predict from the unique mixture? Try serving Dandelion wine with Dandelion cookies for a yellow, sunny afternoon treat.

Common Dandelion Wine Tasting Notes

Dandelion wine is known to taste like liquid summertime, and have a mild flavor. The sugar content from the ingredient list above will make a bottle with about 12-15% alcohol by volume. What better use of a notorious garden-pestering plant can there be? If you ever get your hands on a bottle or try to make a seasonal home brew, be sure to look out for these different flavors. Of course, the notes will be determined by your creative recipe:

  • Various Herbs
  • Grassiness
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Citrus peel
  • Additional floral notes
  • Chamomile
  • Raisin

Seasonal Winemaking Requests

We aren’t all winemakers, but we do all have local wineries and wine aficionados nearby. Don’t be afraid to reach out and submit a request for Dandelion wine to winemakers that are true to their craft. If you’d like a bottle of Dandelion wine, scan the web, or place an order near you to have it seasonally crafted. It may not be 1800-1900’s Europe-fab anymore, but it sure is a quality prop to add to a party aesthetic. It very well could become the sensation of your summer afternoon sipping. If you haven’t experienced a wine that is named after the flower that it is made of, you’ve got to try Dandelion wine when the season is right.

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Mariel McSherry

Mariel McSherry

"Mariel is a University of Arizona graduate who received her bachelors degree in Creative Writing and Journalism. She has her certificate in Professional and Technical Writing, Teaching English as Foreign Language, and is a certified level-1 writing tutor. She is currently a freelance technical writer for Trenchless:registered: Marketing, and freelances through Mariel is a coffee-powered, investigative, and energetic writer. Whether the document is technical or creative, the quality, integrity, and functionality of the document remains as a core element of importance in her writing. Mariel enjoys outdoor adventures, yoga, and spending time with friends. She will receive her Wilderness First Responder certification at the end of January, 2019. "

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