Tasting Dandelion Wine

Yesterday my husband brought me a glass of the dandelion wine we made last April.  It’s a lovely brew, gently aromatic from the citrus and ginger, and sweet with residual sugar. I think I now know what the dandelions are for: They give the wine its pale golden color, to imitate white wine or, perhaps, mead.

The only way I can imagine improving the recipe would be to substitute honey for the refined sugar. But then I would have mead, and the dandelions might be superfluous.

As it is, our sweet, spicy, slightly bitter dandelion wine makes an excellent low-budget treat for the bleak mid-winter. I recommend drinking it cold, preferably by a warm fire.

About Linda Ziedrich

I grow, cook, preserve, and write about food in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
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5 Responses to Tasting Dandelion Wine

  1. danitacahill says:

    My (step) grandfather was an Englishman. He liked to make wine, including dandelion wine. He let me taste it once and I thought it was the most horrible, bitter concoction I’d ever tasted. Of course I was only eight or nine at the time, so what did I know about wine? His blackberry wine was good. One summer, he commissioned me to pick five gallons of wild blackberries for that year’s batch. I enjoyed your April post on making the wine. Whoosh!


    • To pick five gallons of wild blackberries, you must have been a hardworking kid, Danita!
      I know I’ve cultivated a taste for bitterness, but our dandelion wine truly has only the slightest touch (our quince wine is much more bitter). I wonder if your grandfather used the green parts of the flowers, or if he added a whole lot of citrus rind?


  2. tucker says:

    Cold wine, warm fire, sounds like a wonderful idea!


  3. Kate says:

    My dad told me dandelion wine many years ago and I always thought it sounded so interesting. And I also wondered also what the point of the dandelions was when so many other flavors were added. I don’t drink much but I have have an abundance of dandelions and hate to see anything go to waste. I’ve been interested in trying home brewing in general just because I think it’s an interesting process. I may give it a try this year. Thanks for posting about your results!


  4. Cynthia says:

    I hope the recipe will be in the libations
    book I am crossing my fingers that you will write.


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