Now that my maple syrup operation is chugging along, I have an excess of maple syrup that must be converted into even more high-value products. Wine is an obvious choice, and previous varieties have turned out quite well. Why not blend maple syrup with other things? Grade B is one of my first tries and combines maple syrup with blueberries for a scrumptious breakfast wine. That's a thing, right? If not, I call dibs on trademarking it!
I only used half a gallon of syrup for this 5-gallon batch of wine. The blueberry flavor is still quite powerful despite only having used 11 lbs. Something about the blueberries in our area makes them super-strength. I bottled this one in August 2019 and it clocks in at 13% ABV.
Grade B refers to the grade of maple syrup used in this batch. Traditionally darker syrups received a lower grade, while the more pristine looking maple syrups scored higher and were better to sell to the public. Unfortunately for the public, grade B syrups are actually more flavorful. Additionally, if you've ever paid attention to Sesame Street, you'll know that B also stands for Blueberry. And breakfast. So many meanings!