Move over, traditional red and white wine, it’s time to grab your wine glass and try pineapple wine! While pineapple wine is still relatively new, it has taken the wine industry by storm. Let’s take a look at what pineapple wine is and the difference between how pineapple and grape wine are made.
What is Pineapple Wine?
While the definition of wine technically involves the use of fermented grapes, pineapple wine gets its name because it mimics the process used to make traditional grape wine but instead uses fermented pineapple. It typically does not contain any grapes and is even marketed alongside grape wine by traditional vineyards.
Difference Between Pineapple and Grape Wine
So, we’ve established that pineapple wine is made using fermented pineapple and grape wine is made using fermented grapes. But is that the only difference? Definitely not! Not only do pineapple wines have a distinct flavor to grape wines, but they also are prepared slightly differently due to their sugar content.
You see, all fruit wine is made by adding yeast to the fruit, with its sugar content activating the yeast and causing the process of fermentation. The fermentation of pineapples is easier than the fermentation of grapes due to the fact that tropical fruit contains more natural sugars than grapes. Pineapples activate the yeast faster, which provides a stronger and more unique taste. The wine is then refined, pasteurized, and packaged, just like traditional grape wine.
Is It Healthy?
Pineapples are known to be a rich source of vitamins, antioxidants, and proteins, and can have a very positive influence on your health. Pineapple wine is a viable alcoholic drink option for diabetics because it contains much less added sugar than grape wine because its natural sugar content aids in its fermentation.
Are There Any Downsides?
Unfortunately, the one downside to pineapple wine is that it does spoil quickly, so you will need to drink it up as soon as possible. Of course, the lifespan will depend solely on how it’s made, so it’s important to check expiry dates before purchasing. Due to the fact that it’s quick to spoil, it is less suitable to be sold commercially than grape wine, which may contribute to how underrated this tasty alcoholic beverage is.
What Are the Best Side Dishes to Have With It?
Pairing your wine with the perfect side dish can greatly add to your enjoyment of this classic alcoholic beverage. Due to the tropical nature of pineapple wine, you may enjoy pairing it with meat dishes, particularly pork and beef and seafood dishes, particularly grilled shrimp or smoked salmon.
Can I Make Pineapple Wine at Home?
- Roughly chopped fresh pineapple
- Warm water
When making it at home, it’s important to make sure you dispose of all over the overripe pieces when chopping. Overripe pineapple puts your wine at risk of tasting bitter. Remember to stir your wine as that helps in the exchange of gases, and releases carbon dioxide. After one week you can go ahead and strain your mixture and the wine is ready to go!
Can I Make Wine Out of Any Fruit?
So now that you know that it’s technically possible to make pineapple wine, the question begs – can you make wine out of any fruit? The answer is, yes! As stated above, the technical definition of wine does involve grapes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t ferment any fruit to make a wine-like beverage. Just compress the juice from the fruit and allow it to ferment by adding yeast. Your wine will create its own alcohol content over time from the fermentation process.
Should I Give It a Try?
If you are looking for a fresh, tropical beverage to drink all summer long, pineapple wine could be a perfect choice. It’s important to remember that it is typically quite sweet and tastes best when served chilled. It also serves as a great base for a pineapple cocktail like a pina colada. If you don’t feel like making your own, you can purchase it at most locations that sell alcoholic beverages and even on Amazon. It just may become your new favorite summer drink!