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Fiddlers Reach

Fiddlers Reach Mead; wine made from honey, most frequently called simply honey wine has been enjoyed by humanity since before recorded history. In every part of the world there is a traditional name for this ancient honey beverage. Variously called Mead, Tej, Medovukha, or Sima; all involve the fermentation of honey to produce wine that can be sparkling or still, sweet or dry; mead that is infused with herbs or flowers; honey wine that is blended with fruits or berries. All of the variations of mead that can be imagined begin with honey and end with wine. Because mead is mentioned in such diverse literature as the Rig Veda of India and the Beowolf Saga of northern Europe, we could believe that honey wine has always been the preferred drink of poets, heroes and adventurers. Everywhere.

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20 Lemont Street, Bath, ME, US, 04530 Email:
Phone: 207-837-5057 Web: www.fiddlersreach.com
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  Mermaid's Song
Mermaid's Song is the synthesis of many years of experimental batches of this wine; trials of unusual ingredients and much thought. You will not find another wine like it anywhere in this world. Hibiscus flowers have always been the reason for this wine, but by creating other rich, supportive layers of flavor I've built an exquisite, big wine. Orange blossom honey and Maine raspberries are blended with rosehips and hibiscus flowers and then fermented to dryness. The wine is a dry rose style that is balanced from it's raspberry, citrusy start to a finish that includes the rosehips and hibiscus flowers. There is no better wine for a summer day than Mermaid's Song. It pairs well with people who listen to the whisper of the ocean in a seashell and who look for mermaids on the horizon. Mermaid's Song is a great summer sipper. Adventurous food pairings will include apricot honey glazed duck or roasted duck with plum sauce. This wine will pair well with desserts too; strawberries dipped in chocolate, chocolate and raspberry torte or a cheese tart with lemon curd.
  Merrymeeting Dry Mead
Merrymeeting dry mead is made from Maine gathered wildflower and wild raspberry honeys. The taste is light and crisp, with a honey nose and layers of citrus and white flowers (the raspberry blossoms). To characterize this wine for people who have not yet tasted Merrymeeting, our distributor; South Portland Wine Company, describes this wine as a sauvignon blanc with honey flavors. At wine tastings I have also had people remark about a similarity to sauvignon blanc, even though our wine is made only with honey. This dry mead blossoms when paired with lightly grilled meats or artisan cheeses. It is delicious with smoked seafood such as oysters, salmon or a classic Maine finnan haddie. Brine cured meats such as corned beef (the centerpiece of a traditional Maine boiled dinner) or ham are perfect matches, as well. And a big yes to lobster. If you're looking for a versatile, dry white wine with a sense of adventure, you're looking for Merrymeeting Dry Mead.
  Soft Southerly
Soft Southerly is a very lightly sweet mead made with Leatherwood honey that Maine bees collect while on vacation in Georgia. The honey is rich and dark with a distinct cinnamon spiciness to it. This is a varietal honey, so it has a high percentage of the nectar of Leatherwood flowers. The Maine beekeeper who collects this honey has observed that his bees love Leatherwood and thrive on it. This wine is made by fermenting honey sufficient to produce a still wine of 13% alcohol to dryness, then adding just enough more Leatherwood honey for some sweetness. This is not dessert wine sweet. This is a sweet that tastes like juicy apples and melon with a bit of earthy cinnamon in the finish. This wine has honey on the nose and complex layers of flavor. It pairs well with foods prepared on the grill or in the smoker like wings; ribs or brisket; shrimp, pork or chicken teriyaki; and chicken or pork with your favorite barbeque sauce. On a hot day, if you decide not to heat up the grill, try Soft Southerly with fruits, assorted cheeses and prosciutto or a salad with blue cheese and walnuts.

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