Black Cherry Wine: The Best Summer Drink

Black Cherry Wine by @SpicieFoodie | #cherry #wine #fruit #summer

Cherries are my favorite stone and summer fruit. They are not only nice to look at, photograph and eat, but also nutritious. We have reached peak season and that means that after eating kilo after kilo of fresh fruit we can now move on to drinking liter after liter of cherry wine.

Black Cherry Wine by @SpicieFoodie | #cherry #wine #fruit #summer

I’ll be honest, up until a few days ago I had no idea cherry wine existed. We stumbled upon it while out for an exploratory walk around town. Being that both hubby and I love cherries and the local young wine, we had to stop for a glass.

It was no surprise that upon our first sips we both declared how wonderful it tasted. Lucky for us the wine bar also offered bottles of cherry wine for sale, we bought one.

Black Cherry Wine by @SpicieFoodie | #cherry #wine #fruit #summer

The colour, as you can see, is dark like red wine. The smell is a sweet cherry scent with minimal hints of alcohol. Though it is a young fermented wine, the consistency is thick, when swirled in the glass it sticks and slides down slowly, like that of a good aged red wine. Much like its grape Burčak relative this wine too is slightly carbonated. It was served chilled which on a hot summer day was perfect. The taste can simply be described as a cherry lovers paradise! It tastes like you are drinking freshly pressed cherries — sweetly delicious.

Black Cherry Wine by @SpicieFoodie | #cherry #wine #fruit #summer

I wasn’t able to find out what the alcohol content is, but I can’t imagine it’s much more than grape Burčak ; 1% to 7%. So while a glass or two won’t leave you feeling drunk or even buzzed it is easy to over drink before sneaking up on you.

Black Cherry Wine by @SpicieFoodie | #cherry #wine #fruit #summer

Cherry wine will now be my summer alcoholic drink of choice, I only wish we had discovered it years before — so I have some catching up to do. Thankfully there is a wine bar not too far from home that also offers cherry wine. Or we could also try making our own cherry wine.

Have any of you ever made cherry wine or other fruit wines at home? I did some research and found so many recipes. Here’s one that aroused my curiosity.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Homemade Black Cherry Wine
 
Cherry wine is a light drink perfect for the summer. In about 14 days you can enjoy your very own homemade black cherry wine.
Author:
Recipe type: Drink, Alcoholic, Fruit
Cuisine: International, Drink
Ingredients
  • 6-8 lbs black cherries
  • 2-1/2 lbs granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp pectic enzyme
  • ½ tsp citric acid
  • 5-1/2 pints water
  • 1 crushed Campden tablet
  • Wine yeast and nutrient
Instructions
  1. Pick only ripe berries. Wash and destem cherries, discarding any that are not sound and blemish free. Chop the fruit as best you can. It is not necessary to destone the cherries, but discard any stones that crack or break open. Put in crock with water, stir in crushed Campden tablet and, 24 hours later, pectic enzyme. Cover and set aside four days. Pour through nylon sieve or jelly-bag and squeeze well to extract all possible juice. Add sugar, citric acid and nutrient and stir well to dissolve sugar. Transfer to secondary, add yeast starter, fit airlock, and set in warm place (70 degrees F.). Rack after initial fermentation subsides (14-21 days), top up with cold water, refit airlock, and ferment to dryness in cooler place (60 degrees F.). Rack again and bottle. For sweeter wine, stabilize and add ¼ to ½ cup sugar-water before bottling. Taste after 6 months or allow to age one year. Drink within 18 months. [Adapted from C.J.J. Berry's 130 New Winemaking Recipes]
Notes
Additional cherry wine recipes can be found here http://grapestomper.com/reccherry.html

 

Black Cherry Wine by @SpicieFoodie | #cherry #wine #fruit #summer

Have you ever tasted cherry wine, or any other fruit wines? I’d love to read your thoughts and tips on new fruit wines to try.

Black Cherry Wine by @SpicieFoodie | #cherry #wine #fruit #summer

 

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Comments

  1. says

    This looks like the perfect end to any day and it is right on time. I’ve been on the hunt for some cherry recipes, thank you.

  2. kitblu says

    Luscious photos! They make my mouth water. I live in a wine making region but have not heard of cherry wine here. I will be checking with some local wineries. Maybe I will get some interest even if I don’t find the wine itself.
    I have tried some fruit wines but nothing memorable.

  3. says

    Lovely photos Nancy! A very interesting recipe to share, it looks particularly refreshing on a warm Summer evening ;) Pinned to my Cherry board!

  4. says

    I don’t think I have had cherry wine yet, but can only imagine that it tastes amazing! Love your recipe! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  5. says

    You really have me wanting to run out and buy some cherries. I’ve never had a fruit wine other than grape wine of course, so I’m quite curious as to the flavor. The richness of the color reminds me of some of the late harvest red wines that I’ve had and love BTW. Another something wonderful to look for!

  6. Kat Brown says

    Lovely recipe! Here in the UK, the hedgerow is beginning to come into its own with fruits for all sorts of preserve and wine making becoming available. My favourite is Elderberry and Blackberry Wine which makes a fine rich wine and ages nicely too. The recipe we use is from Roger Phillips’ book ‘Wild Food’ – an absolute treasure of a book which has been part of the family kitchen for the last 20 years!

  7. says

    I’m not a huge wine drinker (it puts me to sleep), but I think I’d love cherry wine. We made some pomegranate wine with a friend of ours who does some brewing. Maybe this year we will try making cherry wine??!

  8. says

    Me too, cherries are one of my favorite summer fruits and so happy to be able to eat again (I thought of buying American cherries while I was in Japan but super expensive!). Your black cherry wine looks gorgeous!

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