Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard announces the release of its book “The World’s Largest Collection of Country Wines Recipes”

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The author, Chuck Blethen, has traveled over 8 million miles in pursuit of his business. Along the way, he indulged in his hobby of trying all sorts of wines, beers, and spirits in every country he visited. He also discovered many local wines made from common plants growing in gardens, yards and farms. Vins de pays are generally called wines without grapes. He made a point of collecting the local wine recipes he thought were worth making (and drinking) and spent the last 2 years organizing them in his book. Moreover, he offered his 40 years of experience in the know-how of country winemaking and included it in his book so that absolute amateurs could make a respectable vin de pays from whatever they are nearby. Our ancestors came to this country hundreds of years ago and brought with them the country’s winemaking know-how. They made wines from flowers, berries, wild fruits, honey, leaves, vegetables, roots, bark, herbs, tree sap, seeds, native grapes and even of mushrooms. Old world vinifera winemaking techniques for grape wines did not work well on the native grapes they found here in the colonies. But their favorite old recipes for reserve country wines made wines that were quite pleasant to drink on any occasion.

Last fall, Chuck entered an unusual wine into the Asheville Amateur Wine Competition and won a silver medal – one of his favorite carrot-based country wines! He was interviewed by one of the local radio stations about viticulture in his country. He said: “Our ancestors did not benefit from modern yeasts and testing equipment to make wines. But they made perfectly acceptable wine from all the plants that were in season and growing in their neighborhoods.

Country viticulture is experiencing a revival. The UK and Australia have national wine clubs in major cities with hundreds of members. Hopefully Chuck’s book will help develop such clubs here, as more and more people want to become self-sufficient in winemaking.

“The World’s Largest Collection of Country Wine Recipes” with 195 Country Wine Recipes is now on sale on their website and in their Farm Store for $34 including shipping. The book is bound with a spiral binding, which makes it easy to stay open when one is working with a particular recipe.

For more information, call Chuck Blethen at Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard 828-606-3130.

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