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Wine: Fruits of invention

"Centuries ago, date wine was consumed in the Middle East by those who could not afford fermented grapes"

By Barry Smith   May 2017

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…

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