I began wine making at the age of 16. A quart of grape juice in the fridge was found to have started fermenting, and I became quite obsessed with the process. My grandfather subsequently got me hooked when he shared an age old elderblossom recipe and older lady he knew shared with him. We would gather blossoms and make the wine together. Another favorite was mulberry, which we gathered in Newark, OH, in the alley behind his home. I have records of my winemaking back to 1978, including receipts from purchases made at E.C. Kraus that date back that far as well. I still make both of these varieties (I removed my concord/catawba vineyard a few years ago), primarily out of my “winery” in my mother-in-law’s basement.
Name: John Edelmann