Wine doesn’t only come from grapes! Winemakers have been making wine from other fruits such as plum, elderberry, and so much more, but did you know that you can make a delicious wine from weeds? It’s time to dispel the myth that wine is some kind of bourgeois drink for campaign donors, golf wives, and college freshman, and to give it back to the people! Making wine can be incredibly cheap (unless you have your own bees you’ll have to pay for sugar), easy, and highly rewarding.
In order to create your own alcohol (at its very minimal), you only need two things: yeast and sugar. However, most wine makers (except for traditional mead makers) will add some sort of flavoring which usually takes the form of grapes, but can be, as I stated earlier, (or at least in theory) really whatever plant you want it to be. Yeast is the easiest of the ingredients to find that you’ll need. WILD yeast exists everywhere: on the trees, flowers, cars, and most importantly, its in the air. Additionally, you have many options for sugar as well. You could use regular white table sugar, but feel free to experiment with honey, brown sugar, molasses, or anything else you can get your hands on. Experimentation is key to making your own wine with WILD yeast.