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Black Cherry Wine: The Best Summer Drink

by Spicie Foodie on July 29, 2013

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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1 Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today July 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM

It must taste like heaven in a hot day.

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2 Spicie Foodie July 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

It really does. Thanks Marta.:)

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3 Rosa July 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM

A divine and refreshing drink! I love the last shot.

Cheers,

Rosa

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4 Spicie Foodie July 29, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Thanks Rosa!

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5 Nandita July 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM

The drink looks divine!!! Loved all the pictures Nancy :)

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6 Spicie Foodie July 29, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Thanks so much, Nandita!

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7 Ash- foodfashionparty July 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM

I have in fact tried cherry wine in an upscale Chinese restaurant way back and loved it. The pictures are so beautiful.

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8 Spicie Foodie July 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

That’s great Ash, so you know how delicious it tastes. Thank you!

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9 Sandra July 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM

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.

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10 Spicie Foodie July 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Or even great as a light drink for the weekends. Thanks Sandra and enjoy!

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11 kitblu July 29, 2013 at 10:49 PM

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.

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12 Spicie Foodie July 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Thanks so much kitblu! I hope you can find it locally if not perhaps another fruit wine for you to enjoy.:)

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13 Patty July 30, 2013 at 12:20 AM

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

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14 Spicie Foodie July 30, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Thanks so much Patty, wish I could share a bottle with you.:)

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15 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 30, 2013 at 12:48 AM

I love cherries too, what a gorgeous drink!

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16 Spicie Foodie July 30, 2013 at 10:57 PM

It’s difficult not to love everything about them. Thanks, Laura!

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17 Ann @Foodie in WV July 30, 2013 at 2:48 AM

I am a huge cherry fan. I grew up in WA state and they grow all over the place. Your recipe looks great :)

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18 Spicie Foodie July 30, 2013 at 10:57 PM

How lucky for you, I would go crazy if they grew near me. Thanks os much Ann!

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19 Joanne T Ferguson July 30, 2013 at 5:37 AM

G’day Nancy! LOVE cherries, true!
LOVE your photos as they are always so expressive and today’s are sexy too! :)
Cheers! Joanne

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20 Spicie Foodie July 30, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Thank you so much, Joanne! I love hearing when others see exactly what I’m trying to portray in my photos. Cheers!

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21 Terra July 30, 2013 at 5:43 AM

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

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22 Spicie Foodie July 30, 2013 at 10:58 PM

I wish I could have share a glass…or bottle with you Terra. Thanks so much:)

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23 tania@mykitchenstories.com.au July 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Oh gorgeous coloured photos Nancy. Ive had every wine bar cherry. Looks great with fresh cherries .

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24 Spicie Foodie July 30, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Thanks so much, Tania!

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25 RavieNomNoms July 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM

WOW!

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26 Spicie Foodie July 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Thanks Ms. Raven:)

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27 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic July 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

I don’t think I’ve had cherry wine before, but I bet I would love it!

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28 Spicie Foodie July 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM

I’m sure you would, it tastes wonderful. Thank you Bianca!:)

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29 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun July 31, 2013 at 3:50 AM

Drop-dead gorgeous photos as always. And I can almost taste the cherry wine…yum.

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30 Spicie Foodie August 2, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Thanks so much Victoria!

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31 mjskit July 31, 2013 at 4:47 AM

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!

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32 Spicie Foodie August 2, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Thanks so much MJ! I hope you can enjoy cherries before the season ends, and even better if you can find the wine.

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33 Kat Brown July 31, 2013 at 10:27 AM

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!

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34 Spicie Foodie August 2, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Both of those sound delicious, I’ll have to see if I can find them. Thanks so much!

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35 claudia lamascolo July 31, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Now that’s one gorgeous looking drink! Would love to try some of this !

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36 Spicie Foodie August 2, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Thanks so much Claudia!

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37 Laura @ Family Spice August 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM

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??!

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38 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2013 at 2:42 PM

I think you would, Laura because I didn’t feel sleepy at all from the cherry wine. Wow, pomegranate wine sounds great!

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39 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 5, 2013 at 9:37 AM

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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40 Spicie Foodie August 5, 2013 at 11:03 PM

It will be a very long wait for the next season, but for a while longer we can drink the wine. Thanks:)

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