Is onion wine palatable or not palatable, that is the question. I just received word back from AGLC that my onion wine is palatable. How anyone in there right mind would drink onion wine to get drunk is questionable. The main reason given is that if mixed with (something) that it would be drinkable. Now, what I am writing is not a criticism of AGLC but a criticism of being overprotective. I taught teenagers for 25 years, and yes, they can be dumber than a sack of hammers, and yes, they do make mistakes, and yes, they do learn from their mistakes. They have confided and shared about some of the dumb things they did. Like drinking one of the extracts, lemon or vanilla (up to 80% alcohol) or mouthwash (25%) or the bush parties where they got hammered. They did learn and today are law-abiding, well balanced individuals with teenagers of their own, and when they have graduating bush parties now the parents go to the bush parties with their children to supervise and protect and to make sure they come to no harm. As the RCMP motto states, " To Serve And Protect" , I am not supporting eliminating the drinking age. I am supporting the teenagers from harming themselves. Normal teenagers WILL experiment, some will have unprotected sex, some will drink themselves sick, these things are all about growing up. If you do not Judge or condemn, they will learn, as the generations prior did. As Jesus stated about casting the first stone, unless you are a saint, do not judge, support. I am all about education, saying you cannot do that is offering a challenge to a teenager, he will definitely try that, explaining the dangers will help to mitigate. For example, a student in the states drank a couple bottles of soy sauce, the salt in the soy sauce killed him, you say why, remember what I said about some teens are dumber than a sack of hammers, if somebody had explained to him that the salt in that soy sauce would or could kill him, would he have ingested that amount, I don't think so. The cooking wines (17-25% alcohol) that are sold in the grocery stores have a large amount of salt in them, aside from being VERY unhealthy, they are also VERY deadly. I do question the advisability of of adding dangerous substances to fermented or alcoholic products to make them unpalatable. I just read where they are producing alcohol in powdered form, just add water and you have alcohol (palcohol), I understand that the powdered form is sold in some parts of Europe, and is awaiting approval by the FDA in the states, talk about something that is VERY dangerous, think about teens snorting or ingesting the powder without water, instant alcohol poisoning. As I have stated, education is the best policy, explain why alcohol and, or salt, or methyl alcohol is dangerous.
Since ancient times wine was used as a medicine both physically and mentally. Hippocrates, (think the Hippocratic Oath) , that every physician takes, to not cause harm to their patients, recommended that everyone have a glass of wine every day for a healthy well balanced diet. The Roman physician, Galen, would treat gladiators using wine as a disinfectant for their wounds. Over four years he treated many gladiators and only four died, Sixty gladiators died at the hands of physicians before him.
In the bible wine was used as a disinfectant to clean wounds. (Luke 10:34) In the story of the Good Samaritan, wine was poured into the wounds of the man found bleeding and dying on the side of the road. As a pain reliever, Jesus was offered wine while on the cross. In Proverb 31:6, "Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish and wine unto those that be of heavy heart." In (Tim 5:23) wine was used to purify water, Paul told Timothy to use no longer water, but to use wine for his stomachs sake.
During Medieval times the Catholic Monasteries would use wine for their Medical treatments. Islam restricted the use and consumption of alcohol, wine was still used for a lot of health reasons, such as digestive health and disinfecting wounds.
In modern times of course, you no longer need wine for disinfecting and purifying water. Wine is still good for digestive health and the relief of pain, and just general well being, of course wine also tastes good. Much illness is caused by stress and processed foods. Wine is still very important as a medicine.
I also make an onion wine. Not for drinking, for cooking. You get a double whammy with onion wine. The alcohol ( over 6 % will kill botulism, a bacteria that is common in many foods). Onions were used in Chinese medicine for angina, cough, bacterial infection, and breathing problems. In modern times studies have shown antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic benefits. Onions are also high in flavinoids, shown to protect against cardiovascular diseases. Not recommended for people with sulphur allergies
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.