Get Ready for Wine From ... Tomatoes

Canadian 'vintner' says he's perfected his grandfather's recipe
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2012 5:46 PM CDT
Updated Aug 5, 2012 7:14 AM CDT
Get Ready for Wine From ... Tomatoes
Nice vintage?   (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Might wine from tomatoes someday rival the stuff from grapes? One Canadian "vintner" hopes so, according to AFP. Pascal Miche says he has perfected his grandfather's family recipe and is the first to successfully sell a commercial product. Miche has been selling his "Omerto" wine for three years now and plans to expand beyond Canada to the US and Europe. (He won't have much luck in France, it seems, where "wine" is defined as coming from fermented grapes. That's not the case elsewhere, explains AFP.)

Miche's product doesn't look like tomato juice or even taste like tomatoes. It's a clear white wine with 18% alcohol content. One sommelier describes it has having a "hint of fruit, zesty aspects, familiar in cakes... a bit honey-sweet, which could be very good with desserts and spicy foods." (Click to read why supermarket tomatoes would probably be a bad choice for budding tomato vintners.)

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