Re: Sweet Gruets & Roman Fortifed Wine
- Roman Vintning is one of my favorite research topics! I just took a
big collection of my Roman wines to Gulf Wars for the A&S champions
There are some references to wine sweetened with honey in Pliny's
writings, although he didn't give specific amounts. I found the
honey reference in Natural History, book XIV, section vi, line 53,
and another for honey and pepper (which is REALLY tasty) in the same
text, book XIV, section xix, line 108.
There is also a reference in Pliny to adding dates to wine, along
with a bunch of other flavorings like myrrh, in book XIV, section
xix, line 107. Columella in De Re Rustica (volume III, book XII)
and Pliny's Natural History (volume IV, Book XIV) both have some
references to sweetening wines with fresh unfermented grape must, but
I don't have the pages handy. I highly recommend both Pliny and
Columella if you are into Roman wines - they are both fantastic
resources. Cato's book On Agriculture is a decent reference too,
although it jumps around a lot. You can find some good references to
salty wines in there, though, which are a lot of fun.
-Lucia Piazetta, O.L.
Barony of Bjornsborg
Kingdom of Ansteorra
> Roman Vintning is one of my favorite research topics! I just took aSnipped.
> big collection of my Roman wines to Gulf Wars for the A&S champions
I'll have to do some online research, then! I'm also going to get a bunch
of cheap wine and start experimenting with different amounts of honey
and/or fruits. Starting with dates.