Know Your Grapes

Jan 17, 2018 | Wine

Raise your nearest glass, because I have some good news to share: Wine flour exists. Keep a spot in your pantry reserved for a few bags of it because you’re going to want to keep it as stocked as your wine rack. If you’re wondering what wine flour is, besides your new favorite experimental ingredient, it’s a supplemental and nutritious flour that can be used in both your baking and cooking recipes. And it comes in multiple variations in case you’re partial to one type of wine over another.

What sounds like an item contestants would find in a mystery box on Food Network’s Chopped can now be your standard pantry pal — if not for that wine grape taste, for the hue it contributes to your picture perfect meals. Instagram is flooded with sweet potato pies that are purple instead of orange. A unique shade of an ordinary dish will pique interest in your audience — digitally and those lucky enough to be in close proximity of your stove top.

With an elevated flavor being contributed to your dishes thanks to wine grapes like our familiar friend Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer, your home chef status will be taken to the next level. A new, creative way to marry wine and food? That’s something to cheers to.

 

Another reason to keep your wine glass raised in the air? Hilary Niver-Johnson’s Finger Lake’s Wine Flour produces no waste. Zero. After the grapes are crushed for their juice, the seeds and skins are then transported to be milled into flour. Benefiting not only the environment, our wine inclined tastebuds, but also our vital organs. Yes. We might read and re-read the information that a glass of red wine an evening is ~good for your health~ to make that third glass feel more like a wellness indulgence, but these flours are packed with vitamins. The Sustainable Viticulture Systems website claims that wine flour is a, “natural source of antioxidants and polyphenols.” Adding on to the wellness aspect of wine flour, the website iterates that, “additional vitamins and minerals found in our flours are calcium, magnesium and potassium.” Cheers, again!

There is a selection of wine grape flours you can browse, just as you would your local liquor store. If you’re whipping up a batch of cookies for the office party, the Riesling flour is suggested to assist in naturally sweetening the mix. With the Riesling flour you’ll experience hints of ~green apples and honeysuckle~ which will not only compliment an old recipe but also your baking abilities. While the unique wine flours have their individual tasting notes, I suspect the broad notes that hit the tongue first will be ~gratitude~ and ~happiness~.