Home Winemaking – ‘V’ for Verjus #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to the World of Winemaking! I’m having fun alphabetizing the winemaking process – you can find the links to the other letters at the end of this post.

Today’s letter is “V”, so we’ll talk about .

You know the old saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?” Well, when life gives you unripe grapes, make verjus. I’ve only recently discovered the phenomenon of verjus – it was called for in a recipe I was experimenting with, so I had to research it, then hunt it down. And OMG, it sure was awesome!

Had I known there was actually something to do with the unripened grapes I thinned all those years from the vine, I so would have made a long time ago! Those unripened grapes weren’t conducive for eating – for one, they’re small, and full of seeds, so yeah, not gonna happen. Plus they’re usually sour, so that’s something I’m not going to scarf down.

itself is really nothing more than sour, acidic grape juice. But it does give a recipe acidity without the hammer of a true vinegar. A dish acidified with verjus will remain wine-friendly, which of course we want!

While acidic, has a gentler flavor than vinegar, with a sweet-tart taste that is often used to heighten the flavor of many sauces or mustards. The word verjus derives from the French term vert jus, literally “green juice”, which refers to its source – the high-acid, low-sugar grapes that winemakers thin from the vines just when the crop is beginning to ripen.

This early crop of is pressed, resulting in verjus. Unlike wine, however, is not fermented, and is not alcoholic, meaning that its use in a salad dressing or sauce will not interfere with the flavor of the accompanying drinking wine.

I’m researching different recipes and ‘how to’ – I’ll share that with you when I’ve had a chance to test some techniques. Stay tuned!

Winemaking is so much fun – at least for me – and am tickled every time I give the wine I make as gifts to friends and family who love drinking it as much as I love making it. While we go through this alphabetical series on winemaking, if you have any burning questions, be sure to ask them in the comments below, and I’ll reply there – and maybe even highlight your specific question(s) in a future post!

Thanks for joining me in this fun adventure!

Here are the links going backwards for your convenience, in case you missed any:

A for Aromas, Acidity and Appearance
B for Barrels, Bottles and Blackberry Wine
C for Color, Clarity, Carboys and Cherry Wine
D for Decanting and Decanters
E for Equipment
F for Fermentation
G for Glass and Grape
H for Harvest
I for Infusion
for Jeroboam and Jug
K for Kabinett
L for Leaf, Label and Lees
M for Merlot, Muscat and Must
N – the Nose has it!
O for Oak and Oxidation
P for Palate and Press
Q for Quality
R for Racking and Riddling
S for Sweet and Sanitary
T for Taste and Tasting
for Ullage

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After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Stacy was surprised when Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance - deciding to forgo the career and stay home was a no-brainer. As if her hands weren't full enough, 8 years later she and her husband added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension (of crazy) to their family and even more sleepless nights. When she’s not refereeing kids, dogs and cats, she loves to write, hence the reason she decided to start her little blog, and because she never got a baby book to mark milestones, this was the next best thing. She also enjoys doing reviews and giveaways for products she or her family would willingly use and can stand behind. She loves to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, she takes on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. Her favorite, of course, is making her award winning wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway.
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4 thoughts on “Home Winemaking – ‘V’ for Verjus #AtoZChallenge

  1. It does not surprise me that some frugal person at some time in history figured out a use for the thinned grapes. It does sound like verjus would mix well with salad greens.

  2. You are so into this wine making gig girlfriend. I’m so very proud of you and very happy I know you my friend. Have a great weekend. HUGS