Holidays are often times when the confluence of family, friends, food and drink bring new things to your table. This year at the Feral household I served my Pear wine with Thanksgiving turkey which went over better than I expected considering my parents and sibilings preference for sweet wine. Of course, I had some Riesling Spatelese as a backup in case the Pear bombed. So how was your holiday experience? Any pleasant (or unpleasant) suprises?
I made pear wine for the first time last year, and was not impressed at first. It seemed to have very little fruit character and a distinct bitter/metallic note. It was also difficult to clear, which is typical of pear wine I later found out. I resorted to Sparklloid to remove the haze, sweetened it to 1 degree Brix, stabilized and bottled. But after 6 months in the bottle, the bitter note diminished and the fruit came forward, balancing the wine nicely. It was an excellent companion to our Weber grill roasted turkey and even my Mom had a second glass, rare for her unless it's sticky sweet.