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Participants will bottle their own wine at Incredibrew’s Summer Sippin’ Sweet Winemaking event. Courtesy photo.




Summer Sippin’ Sweet Winemaking

Where: Incredibrew, 112 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua
When: Thursdays, June 23 and June 30, and Friday, July 29, 6 to 8 p.m. 
Cost: $60 
Visit: incredibrew.com




Sunny sips
Winemaking event features summertime fruit wines

06/23/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Find the perfect wine to complement your backyard barbecue or afternoon by the lake — and make that wine yourself — at one of Incredibrew’s Summer Sippin’ Sweet Winemaking events, held Thursdays, June 23 and June 30, and Friday, July 29. Participants will go through each step of the winemaking process to create six varieties of fruit wines, then take home a bottle of each that same day.

“This is definitely the time of year for fruit wine,” Erik Croswell, Incredibrew owner, said. “Graduations, barbecues, Fourth of July, hanging out on the deck when it’s nice and sunny — that’s when people want a sweeter, lighter, fruitier wine. It really lends itself to the warmer weather and spending time outdoors.”
The selected wines feature a variety of fruit flavors, from the tart and refreshing cranberry malbec to the sweet and succulent California moscato.
Participants can experience new tastes like the kiwi pear sauvignon blanc, which will make its Incredibrew debut at the event, and the pomegranate zinfandel, a recent addition and silver medal winner at last year’s Indy International Wine Competition.
These two wines, Croswell said, are the perfect companion to bold, zesty dishes.
“They have that spiciness, but a sweetness at the same time, so they can go with anything from Mexican food to barbecue,” he said. “The pomegranate goes really well in a sangria recipe, too.”
The white cranberry pinot grigio, light and sweet with a classic grape base, has been a long-time favorite at Incredibrew and pairs well with chicken, fish or white-sauce veggie pizza.
Finally, there’s the Granny Smith riesling, a gold medal winner at last year’s Big E Northeast Gold Wine Competition and the variety Croswell said is Incredibrew’s “hands-down, number one” fruit wine.
“They’re all good, don’t get me wrong, but the Granny Smith is awesome,” he said. “It’s clean and crisp and a really good summertime wine. Folks love to pair it with a nice cheese tray with sliced apples and fruit.”
Upon arrival, participants are invited for a tasting of the six wines they’ll be making. Then, everyone will break up into smaller groups to begin the winemaking process. Incredibrew staff will guide them through mixing the ingredients, bottling and corking the wines and even creating and applying custom labels on the bottles. The whole process will take around two hours, with some time for light snacks and socializing in between.
“I think people like to get together with like-minded people,” Croswell said. “Everyone’s there to craft their own beverages, and when they’re together in that lab setting where they’re hands-on making it themselves, it always amazes me how many people leave with new friends.” 





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