"Centuries ago, date wine was consumed in the Middle East by those who could not afford fermented grapes"by Barry Smith / April 12, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in May 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Can wine be made out of anything other than grapes? The surprising answer is that yes, it can. Think of elderflower or cherry wine; not very appealing, I grant you, but these are not the only options.
I first learned about fruit wines on a visit to Bergen, Norway, where I was taken to a restaurant that specialised in seasonal local produce. “Would you like some wine,” the waiter asked after we had ordered the food. I was about to say that I didn’t think Norway made wines when he told me, “We have fruit wines.” I suggested that wine could only be made from grapes, but I soon learned my mistake when the sommelier told me how the range of fruit wines were made. I had forgotten, of course, that centuries ago, date wine was consumed in the Middle East by those who could not afford fermented grapes, and the tradition of making wines out of other fruits has continued.