I'm a professional amateur homebrewer. To be honest, I didn't even drink wine before I decided to start making it. It just seemed like a good idea at the time, and a great way to put to use a ton of the sugary foods I was generating on our hobby farm. What started as an experiment with one or two different varieties has suddenly turned into a semi-serious undertaking, with over 300 bottles of wine aging away in our basement at last count and plenty more on the way. Nearly all of my wines feature ingredients or things that I grew or picked myself. This keeps my wines rooted in the Keweenaw, or at the very least rooted in my manual labor.
Here's a list of what I've finished so far, in order of when I bottled or started each batch.
Some wines I've made more than one version of and those are all included on the same page. Click on each to learn more.
Warning: choke(cherry) hazard. Adults only.
A music-inspired masterpiece that perfectly captures the flavor of a ripe Keweenaw strawberry.
A dry, heavy blueberry wine that's as powerful as it is flavorful.
I killed two birds with one stone by harvesting invasive autumn olive berries for this tasty homemade wine.
The tartness of fresh rhubarb, bottled forever and ready in any season.
Two of my favorite things: homemade maple syrup and honey!
Sugar Shack Special
My first wine: a unique, sweet maple wine made from my own homemade syrup.
The Berry Remix
A random assortment of stuff from the freezer comes together in a tasty berry wine.
One of the only exotic wines I've ever made!