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November 22nd, 2013:

State Doc Pick of the Week : Making muscadine table wine

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With North Carolina’s history of moonshiners and car chases, the brewing of alcohol at home is in the state’s blood. When living in North Carolina, you’d be hard pressed to find either a local restaurant that doesn’t serve a locally brewed beer, or someone who doesn’t brew right in their own home. And beer is not the only alcoholic beverage that flourishes in the state. North Carolina is home to more than 400 vineyards and 100 wineries, and is home to the nation’s oldest cultivated grapevine. The “Mother Vine”  on Roanoke Island is more than 400 years old and  was first discovered by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1584.

This document, produced by the Department of Agriculture, provides instructions on how to make table wine in your very own home from the state fruit of North Carolina-  the muscadine grape. Table wine contains 14% or less alcohol, and is meant to refresh the palate and compliment a meal without ruining your appetite. There are two sets of instructions in this publication- first there are detailed instructions for the serious amateur who wishes to produce the finest wine possible at home with the lowest chance of failure; and second, there are simple instructions for those who require minimum equipment and attention to detail.  You can either make red or white wine, and you can use these instructions for other types of grapes grown in North Carolina.

This publication can be downloaded, printed, saved, and viewed by clicking here.

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