Champion home winemaker has flower power

Lending a hand with de-flowering.
ONTARIO, NY -- New York State's winemakers, commercial and amateur alike, are a very eclectic bunch when it comes to what they use to make wines. Grapes of all varieties, of course, along with apples, plums, strawberries, pears, raspberries, cherries and the like.

And then there is Jill Misterka.

The Wayne County resident likes to make her special wines out of flowers, something she started in 2009.

She has gotten so proficient at it that she will be awarded three gold medals in August from the amateur division of the New York State Fair competition for her dandelion, lilac and day lily wines.

Misterka, who also is newletter editor of the Rochester Area Home Winemakers, was featured in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle's "RocBlog of the Day." You can read it here.

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