How to Make Rhubarb Blueberry Wine

| 12/19/2014 9:43:00 AM

Erin SheehanMy grandmother’s recipe box has several wine recipes, including dandelion, rhubarb, gooseberry and grape. As soon as I laid eyes on the rhubarb wine recipe I knew we had to try it as well. Our backyard rhubarb patch supplies us with more than what we need for pies and jam. No better way to use the excess then in wine!

Because we have a friend with a large blueberry patch, we also have an excellent supply of blueberries every year. Straight rhubarb wine seemed like it might be a little rough, so we modified Grandma's recipe by substituting blueberries for half the fruit.

Grandma's recipe

Making wine takes at least 10 months. But with lots of care, some skill and a little luck, it can really be worth the wait.

If you’ve never made a fruit wine, you’ll want to visit a beer/wine making supply store for equipment and help.

'Bluebarb' (Rhubarb/Blueberry) Wine
2  1/2 pounds rhubarb
2  1/2 pounds blueberries
5 pounds white sugar
1  1/2 gallons water
2 Campden tablets
1 teaspoon acid blend
1/2 teaspoon grape tannin
1 package Red Star Cote des Blanc Yeast (dry wine yeast) plus another 1/2 cup warm water