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Posted by DeboraSchafer, Dec 20, 2017.

I just recently bought Primrose Farm in Hinsdale Massachusetts.  My son discovered that you can make wine out of primrose flowers, so we're thinking about making some.  I'd like to buy some, as I've never even tasted it.  I'm scanning the internet now. 


Reply by dvogler, Dec 20, 2017.

Hi Debora,

Welcome to Snooth forum.

I would recommend making wine from grapes.  Since you're in Mass., I'd recommend not making wine at all.

I'm not being a jerk. :)

Merry Christmas!


Reply by DeboraSchafer, Dec 21, 2017.

Not all wine is made from grapes.  Maybe you should expand your horizons.  Does the thought of people in Massachusetts making flower wine intimidate you somehow?  I'm seriously confused at your response.  

Reply by rckr1951, Dec 21, 2017.

Deb - We have some serious dandelion, honey, fruit and whatever you else you can wine out of here in Wi.  They have a large local following - but that's where it ends - local.   It doesn't last and is terribly sweet - just look up some recipes.

For most of us that follow grapes (snooty I know) the rest is minor league stuff.  I do drink it if poured, small glasses only and will accept a bottle of mead wine if presented as a gift.

The idea of making a wine that you enjoy the smell and taste of is heady stuff...and if your going to, might as well jump in with both feet - who knows, maybe you'll be the next "garagista" know - buying grapes or whatever you end with and making good wine in your garage. 

Good luck with your endeavor. 

Reply by dmcker, Dec 22, 2017.

How is mead somehow wine, Paul? Don't think it was called anything but 'mead' in the dark and middle ages.  ;-)

I suppose the issue being discussed is kind of like calling tissanes teas, as some folks do. Wine that reaches ethereal heights, continues to live and mature and grow more complex in barrel and bottle, and that has caused cultures to sing its praises for thousands of years is almost entirely made from vitis vinifera grapes. Doesn't mean that apple 'wine' (as opposed to hard cider?) and other fruit wines and flower wines and others don't have their place, aren't interesting, or somehow aren't worth making or drinking. Then there's always 'rice wine', which isn't wine at all.

Debora, welcome to Snooth and I'd be very interested to hear how your efforts to make primrose wine progress. Darren's very serious about finding good wines from his home of Canada, where growing conditions aren't always as friendly as California or the Mediterranean.

Reply by dvogler, Dec 22, 2017.


I apologize for my brusque response.  We've seen it all here (ideas, hopes, dreams regarding wine and things related).  Of course, you should try making some wine.  Is this farm simply an agricultural business, or is there accommodations? (B & B).  You bought it, I'm assuming to make money somehow.  Making wine won't support the farm.  I admit I didn't really understand that you're searching for some primrose wine to try.  Good luck with your pursuits.  Sincerely.

Reply by GregT, Dec 22, 2017.

Deborah - welcome.

For most wine drinkers, wine is made from fruit and for people who really like wine, it's made from grapes only.

There are of course other kinds of wine, from cherries, blueberries, etc. Most of those are novelty wines that you won't find in wine stores. And people use the term to refer to things that aren't wine at all, like sake. And there's flavored wine, like Vermouth and a lot of the stuff they do in Uruguay. But for a few thousand years, wine drinkers have referred mainly to grape wine, and not all grapes of course. In the early days of the US, they tried making wine from native grapes and it didn't really turn out so well.

Actually I've had wine from tart cherries that wasn't really all that bad, so maybe people are too limited in what they will accept. But I have to admit, if someone offers me wine that's made from anything other than grapes, and now perhaps sour cherries, I'd be pretty leery of it.

I'm guessing here but I would imagine that "wine" from primroses would require some kind of infusion, much like dandelion or lilac wine. The ways I've heard of it is starting with some other wine, or grape juice or water. If you start with wine, you just need to infuse that wine and that's how they do a lot of the flavored wines in other parts of the world. If you start with juice or water, you need yeast and sugar and most of those recipes ask for some kind of additional fruit. The yeast needs some sugar to ferment. You'd use extra fruits because otherwise you might end up with something more like beer, although there's no reason you couldn't do that too - make a flavored beer like they do in Belgium and apparently all over CA.

Anyway, good luck with the endeavor!

Reply by dvogler, Dec 23, 2017.

Greg, you're a good egg!

Merry Christmas Pal!

Reply by GregT, Dec 24, 2017.

You too amigo!

Reply by rckr1951, Sep 11, 2018.

Nothing to see here.

Reply by zufrieden, Nov 4, 2018.

I agree.  Although the house in New England looks great.  In fact, it reminds me of the snows of North of 53 where I was myself spawned.  But what happened to the thread?  Where is the primrose wine, e.g.?


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