Elderberry wine is delicious if made properly. I can recall helping to pick baskets full of the berries, which also stained everything they came in contact with. Stink bugs were another added bit of interest while picking – if the bugs felt threatened, one whiff would let a picker know to back off and leave them alone.
Alas, those wonderful days in the country alongside my father are gone. He made wine from various fruits, berries – and even tomatoes one memorable instance. But his elderberry wine was delicious and my favorite. I have not found a similar taste in all the wine sipped and savored over the years since.
The Big E Northeast Gold Wine judging is complete. More than 300 wines have been entered in the competition. Wines and medals will be displayed during The Big E in the Mallary Cheese Shoppe, Sept. 17 through Oct. 3, 2010.
– Chris Brunson