With the days seeming like actual autumn lately, I'm reminded of one of the tastiest of all possible autumn drinks. Federweisser. Sold in plastic jugs from the backs of trucks and at farmstands across the wine-producing areas of Germany, it's white grape juice that's been fermented for only a couple of weeks. Sweet, fizzy, with alcohol up to about 5%. Traditionally accompanied with onion pancakes. The combination of sweetness, sneak-up-on-you alcohol, and onions tends to produce fabulous hangovers and legendary intestinal distress. But it's -so- worth it.
Since it's made out of excess, low quality grapes that were never going to be decent wine anyway, and the central valley is nothing if not excess, low quality grapes, there must be someone making something similar, no?