ArticleThere’s More to Wine Than Just GrapesWritten by Ed KrausIt seems as though when we think of wine, we think of grapes. Walk into your local wine shop, and you’ll find the racks are filled with dozens of wines produced from Pinot noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet, and other notable grapes. But what about wines made from other fruits? Since the development of winemaking as a hobby, it has become very easy for the home winemaker to make wines from affordable fresh fruits of the garden variety. And, don’t equate these wines to back-shed hooch. Today, you can make tremendous country wines — plants other than grapes. They include apricot wines that rival the complexity of any $10 Chardonnay or red currant wines that go just as good with prime rib as a bottle of Merlot. Country wines are no more difficult to make than wines from fresh grapes. The basic process is the same, and consideration is given to the same aspects as when preparing grape juice for winemaking. Grape juice is naturally suited for making wine and needs little adjustment prior to fermentation. In many parts of the worldAlready a member? Log InYou'll Also Like Article MEMBERS ONLY Growing Trees for Fruit Winemaking There is nowhere in North America or Europe below the Arctic Circle where suitable fruit trees cannot be grown — which means you can grow your own trees for making fruit wines! Article MEMBERS ONLY Fruit & Grape Blends When a wine comes up lacking, the solution may just be blending a totally different type of wine with it. Grape wines and wines made from other fruits often have complementary characteristics that lend themselves as a key ingredient in the other.