Top 10 weird wine ingredients

28th February, 2013 by Andy Young

8. Nettles

nettle wineIf people will eat naga chillies then drinking nettle wine might not seem too strange, maybe. But aficionados of nettle wine, which is popular among home winemakers, will tell you that while the plant is known for its stinging properties, those do not transfer into the wine.

Nettle wine is actually made using the small flowering buds that appear at the top of the plant. These are edible, although it is recommended that anyone picking these buds wears gloves to avoid hours of pain and itching. It is often advised that those making nettle wine infuse it with extra ingredients such as ginger root, parsley or lemon thyme as straight nettle wine “lacks character”. The good news is that you don’t need to have a glass of dock leaf wine on hand when drinking nettle wine.

2 Responses to “Top 10 weird wine ingredients”

  1. Ross says:

    What ever will they think of next……

  2. cairola says:

    why would your Sr editor Lucy Shaw drink this wine hat is clearly a cruel product. db is no longer a magazine that I will read

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