Aug 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM
People typically pour honey out of jars and those cute little teddy bear-shaped containers.
But Adam Cawrse drains the sweet golden nectar from a glass wine bottle. Cawrse, a winemaker at Vermilion Township’s Paper Moon Vineyards, recently concocted a new drink: Honeymoon Mead.
“My wife, Angela, and I really enjoy local honey, and we often buy it at farmer markets” Cawrse said. “We thought it would be fun to make a honey wine or mead” Paper Moon produced about 500 gallons of the mead, an alcoholic beverage of fermented honey and water. The alcohol level hovers at about 12 percent.
Cawrse made a small batch as a sort of trial run to see if area wine-lovers would enjoy the new product.
It seems they have — customers have already consumed about 15 percent of the entire mix, and Cawrse figures the initial gallon batch will be gone by summer.
The mead is a special attraction, considering Cawrse is unaware of any other local wineries or vineyards offering the product.
It’s also a great addition to the vineyard’s alcohol arsenal, which consists of about a dozen other wines. The wines range from dry to sweet and are infused with the vineyard’s own grapes and raspberries.
Want to try honey wine?
WHAT: Paper Moon Vineyard’s Honeymoon Mead
HOW MUCH: A glass of Honeymoon Mead is $4.99, while a 750-milliliter bottle is either $12.99 or $15.99.
WHEN: Until May, the current vineyard hours are noon to 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
WHERE: 2008 Ohio 60, Vermilion Twp.
Some wine aficionados visiting Paper Moon might stick with a cabernet or zinfandel. But they should try sipping on something sweeter, Cawrse said.
“It has a good mouth feel and a different taste experience than grape wines,” he said. “If you like honey, then you’ll like it. There are a lot of honey characteristics to it. I didn’t add any spices to it. This is a sweet mead, and it’s definitely on the sweet end of the spectrum”
Bonnie and Bill Stein, owners of Berlin Heightsbased Stein’s Honey, provided about 150 gallons of honey for the mead. Paper Moon employees chose Stein’s Honey because its products are usually fresher compared to other honey producers.
“Since we pasteurize it, our flavor lasts longer, and people like that,” Bill said. “Hopefully, this blossoms into something they do every year”
Cawrse said he wants to accomplish many goals with the mead, including offering his customers an additional product, helping out another local business, and generating interest in local wineries.
“If you look at the wineries around Ohio, we try to complement each other,” Cawrse said. “If we have good wine here, people are more likely to visit other wineries. But this is one thing we can do to differentiate ourselves a little bit”