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Homemade Wine for Seasonal Festivals is a practical and accessible guide to the spiritual and medicinal uses of wines made using the plants and fruits of the British countryside. The celebration of transformations expressed through the seasonal cycle of the year is at the heart of all nature-based spiritualities, and the author demonstrates how the practice of wine-making mirrors and enriches the experience of being part of the cycle of nature.
In an age where people are rediscovering the value of traditional home crafts, the spiritual aspects of winemaking, as an alchemy of personal discovery, are richly illustrated through the folklore of the bountiful harvest available to us all when we explore our countryside and distil its essences. Through personal and often humorous anecdotes the author, Lyn Baylis, takes the reader on a journey from her memories of the countryside of her youth to the winemaking practices of today, united by the use of seasonal ingredients. She shares her passion, knowledge and experience of the special kind of magic that has been known to mankind since brewing began.
Included are dozens of recipes for wine, and other alcoholic drinks, such as mead and port, presented in a way suitable for curious newcomers and experienced winemakers alike.