I find it odd that beer and tea are both brewed, but wine is not; it is made. Apparently this is because boiling is used at some point to make both tea and beer, but not wine, although I think that the fermentation involved makes winemaking closer to beer-brewing than tea-making.
Some friends and I made some fruit wines when we were teenagers, with varying amounts of success. The best was rhubarb wine that my mate Nick made, and I have long wondered if I could ever make anything as lethal good.
We have a few damson trees in the garden, and they always produce more fruit than we can eat, and this struck me as an ideal source of raw material that I could use to test and re-hone my skills. So while we were in England recently, I bought a set of wine-making gear from a nice chap at 4u2brew Ltd, a shop in Fareham that sells such stuff.
Here it is; all I could need: a demijohn, yeast, airstop, bung, various chemicals, a siphon and a hydrometer. I have yet to see anything like this for sale in France. Never seen it at car boot sales, nor spotted any specialist brewing shops. Mind you the French would probably think you were a bit mad, trying to make wine with anything other than grapes.
I will let you all know how I get on. I'm beginning to think it was a mistake to dig up a rhubarb plant that I had; I'm going to have to wait until plum time.
Incidentally, you can get fruit wines in England, I saw some at a garden centre, but it was ten quid a bottle.