We hosted a "country wines" making workshop here today - i.e. our facilitator covered how to prepare wines using flowers, herbs, berries or fruit (other than grapes). He also generously brought along a nice selection of his homemade wines to sample - rhubarb, damson plum, and dandelion wine. This discussion of course launched into the various kinds of wines and elixirs other workshop participants had tried to make at home, including kombucha, beer with fresh hops, tonics and bitters (steeping herbs and berries in gin, brandy, vodka), tinctures, and dandelion mead (made by a local beekeeper with her own freshly harvested honey). Couldn't have asked for a nicer fall afternoon.