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Title: Muscadine
Post by: tubercle on December 25, 2010, 10:20:17 PM
Tubercle has never posted in this forum before so some of you may not know me...Hi all.

 Every year several batches of blackberry and plum wine is made - the specialty - and right now there is 12 gallons of peach that is waiting to be bottled.

 But, a 6 gallon batch of muscadine was started on Christmas eve using 26 pounds of fruit. Going to be hard to wait on this one.

 Patience is a virtue.
Title: Re: Muscadine
Post by: euge on December 25, 2010, 11:15:00 PM
Interesting. Are these growing wild or cultivated?
Title: Re: Muscadine
Post by: tubercle on December 25, 2010, 11:20:46 PM
These are a combination of wild and cultivated. I have one 3 year old vine that yielded about half. The rest was from stomping through the woods. They are everywhere around here. Kept them in the freezer until now.

 I have laid out a small vineyard though and am about to order six muscadine vines and six Zinfandel vines to plant in my back yard. Right next to the hops:)
Title: Re: Muscadine
Post by: capozzoli on December 26, 2010, 02:26:17 AM
I would love to grow grapes for wine. Sounds like a blast. I would love to have a basement full of dego red.

When I was in wine country of Hungary I was surprised. ( not knowing much about wine) the grapes are just awful to eat. I mean terrible. And the condition of some of the grape that they were making wine with. Yikes. You would never eat them. They looked like they were grapes that were found on the ground.

The wine was fantastic though.
Title: Re: Muscadine
Post by: nicneufeld on January 04, 2011, 06:41:54 PM
When I was in wine country of Hungary I was surprised. ( not knowing much about wine) the grapes are just awful to eat. I mean terrible. And the condition of some of the grape that they were making wine with. Yikes. You would never eat them. They looked like they were grapes that were found on the ground. The wine was fantastic though.

Yeah, but the Hungarians have their aszu, or tokaji wines...I've tried finding these locally and they are brutally expensive.  What makes them so distinctive?  "Noble rot".

Sometimes subpar products can lead to great innovations.  The wines of Cognac were considered weak, thin, and acidic, until they found a better purpose in the pot still...
Title: Re: Muscadine
Post by: 1vertical on February 05, 2011, 05:53:32 AM
Dang Tubercle, I remember picking muscadines once...I think the wasps got the better
end of the fruit.  And for the wild ones,,,you and the briars and the ticks and chiggers...takes some
special methods and or real good insect repellant.
Title: Re: Muscadine
Post by: tubercle on February 05, 2011, 05:48:45 PM
Dang Tubercle, I remember picking muscadines once...I think the wasps got the better
end of the fruit.  And for the wild ones,,,you and the briars and the ticks and chiggers...takes some
special methods and or real good insect repellant.

Dedication, my man, dedication ;D
Title: Re: Muscadine
Post by: 1vertical on February 15, 2011, 06:32:52 AM
So, do you have chiggers....or do ya keep a pair of pyrethrum  treated dungarees??
How do ya deal with the native fauna?   Copperheads? Moccasins? 
 Floura...Poison Oak/Sumac/Ivy??   
 Man I love to stomp the woods but....some things leave reason to be desired.
Title: Re: Muscadine
Post by: euge on February 15, 2011, 07:38:15 AM
Ticks. >:(