Wines can be made out of anything organic, not only grapes. The production of a mild alcoholic drink that will kill most pathogens and store forever has created Empires and civilizations. Ghengis Khan and his hordes conquered vast territories, living on Fermented Mares Milk as a main ingredient in their diet. The Roman Legion marched with their wines made with whatever they could lay their hands on. Fresh fruits, veggies, and meat stored in wine lasted for a long time. Visions of drunken Legions? No, when you work hard, and play hard, and have no problems with dysentery, you can conquer the world. I have made wine out of fruits, veggies, flowers, honey. Some of the wines were disgusting, some I enjoyed, some I kept and stored. I have wine from 1972 that I taste every decade or so to see if it has improved or changed. eg. Turnip wine - no change, Wild Blueberry wine, still too sweet for my taste, Saskatoon wine, improved, I think, it is hard to remember what it tasted like back then, must be old age. For all those die hard grape winos, have faith, i am just getting started. When I read the descriptions of the different grape wines, taste like berry, or hint of spice and everything nice, and an aroma of somebodies sweaty feet, I rejoice in the imagination and hyperbola of the human mind. For example, I was told one of my wines taste like cherry pop, reducto ad absurdum. One extreme to the other. About 6 months ago, I went through the Texas Hill country Wineries just out of Austin, I tasted about 30 wines, one or two were passable, the rest were harsh, TO MY TASTE. My niece bought a case of wine spiced with cinnamon that she liked, of course she is from the Napa valley country, so her taste differs from mine. Some wines are not made for drinking, but added to, or used as a marinade, they can be very enjoyable. About 25 years ago i did a lot of hunting, moose, deer, rabbit, muskrat, my wife enjoyed experimenting with different recipes. The end result, I made some onion wine as a marinade and as a ingredient. Deer meat has a fairly strong wild taste, so we marinaded the deer meat in the onion wine for a couple of days, and then put the marinade and deer meat into the stew pot, using a Beef Stroganoff recipe, coupled with Saskatoon wine, very enjoyable. As an old man, I have been told by my doctor to cut my sodium (salt) intake. ALL food has salt in it, or so it seems, so I went on a cave man's diet. NO processed food, meat, no added salt shredded wheat, fruit, and of course a good glass of fruit wine. I made another batch of wine out of red onions and i am marinading all my meats in the onion wine, instead of bacon in the morning, I have side pork marinaded in onion wine. I marinade my fish in onion wine, a little garlic added, coupled with my sweet and sour fruity wine, lovely. I have tasted some Australian Merlot and some Chillien Zin wine that I enjoyed, and that is the thing, wine is to be tried, and when you find a wine that YOU enjoy, life is good. I have met people that say they only like a particular wine (like a riesling or a cabernet, or a grape wine), i urge you to try all wines, explore, awaken your taste buds, and realize the nutritional value of all wines.