Question Hello Jessica! Can you tell me about blueberry wine? Never had I heard of it until I saw an article about Korea. The North Koreans evidently have a shop at that border station they maintain with the South, and they sell there BLUEBERRY WINE. Is it available in North America? Is there something peculiar about its manufacture that it seems to be so rare? THANKS.
Answer Hi Ken,
Wine can actually be made from any fruit, grapes are just the typical ones. Just like any other agricultural product, the best wine is made where the ingredients thrive. So for blueberries, two U.S. States that come to mind are New Jersey and Maine. Production is very similar to grape wine, the blueberries undergo a crushing, pressing and fermentation process. The taste will vary and most likely be less astringent (less tannins) and have higher sugar levels than grape wine. I have done some research and found a couple of good wineries listed below that ship as well.
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