Mead, from Old English "meodu" is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation of honey and water and the possible addition of fruits, flowers, herbs, spices and or grains. Once a recipe of ingredients is created, the mead will fall into a "mead variety" or "style". You can imagine the room for creativity is endless! At Meadow Vista Honey Wines, we produce several different styles of mead as well as still and sparkling versions.
Traditional or Show Mead
This style is made with only honey, water and fermentation. This allows the flavours of the honey to really come through. We make two traditional styles, Cloud Horse is a dry, crisp, still honey wine made with blueberry honey. Joy is a method traditional. A traditional style mead that has undergone a secondary fermentation in the bottle, similar to how Champagne is mead. Also dry and crop but with tiny bubble that sparkle joyfully. Both Cloud Horse and Joy pair beautifully with a variety of flavours from fresh oysters, to herbed chicken, to spicy curry dishes.
This style of honey wine has spices added to it to flavour the wine. Any combination of spices can be used resulting in a wide range of flavours in this category. We call our metheglin style Mabon. Here we use cinnamon, cardamom, coriander and nutmeg to create a warm and spicy mead. Serve chilled or gently warmed, Mabon pairs well with Greek salad, red meats and dished spiced with similar flavours.
Honey wines with the addition of fruits are melomels (with the exception of apples and grapes). Peaches, strawberries and blackberries are just a few of the many fruits that are used to create the melomels currently on the market. Meadow Vista currently process three melomels: Bliss, our sparkling cherry honey wine and Libra, a light dessert-style honey wine with the addition of apricots. Rubus our blackberry mead will be released this Fall.
Pyment style mead has had grapes added to it. This can be in the form of whole fruit, fresh juice or fermented juice blended into the fermented/fermenting honey wine. Both red and white grapes can be used, creating different colours as well as flavour and aromas. Ostara is our pyment style, made with the addition of late harvest Pinot Gris grapes. The late harvest grapes give Ostara an aromatic nose and delicate sweetness that is less sticky or cloying than dessert grape wines. Pairing well with white meats and fish, strong cheeses and dark chocolate.
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