Wine World History
During a visit to Egypt in the late '80s, I sampled a refreshing Egyptian drink called Karkaday, made from the Red Hibiscus flower. Egyptians normally drink Karkaday as a hot tea, although they also drink it chilled in the mornings. On returning to England, I tried Karkaday on my children; the response was anything but good. At a later date I experimented with the Red Hibiscus flower on winemaking with some very good results. Depending on the volume of Red Hibiscus flower used, I was able to create anything from a rosé to a full bodied port wine.
Around 1987 I began marketing this wine as a home brew kit called the Flower of Egypt. Later, after much experimenting, 24 more varieties were added, blending 87 varieties of root, leaf, seed and flower. Although the kits sold well, I chose to concentrate on my tobacco seed business instead, and Wine World fell by the wayside.
In Summer 2001, a friend asked what happened to the former Wine World home brew kits. I thought about resurrecting them as a business and obtained some more Red Hibiscus so I could make another batch of wine (thoroughly enjoyable). Although I was tempted, I decided that resurrecting Wine World as a business would take up too much time and was not viable.
But the wine tasted good, and it seemed a shame to deprive other home brew drinkers of these wines. I therefore decided to give the recipes away free of charge in the hope that more people could enjoy them as much as I do.
I set up this website in order to give away the wine recipes. A large number of email enquiries about these wines and the ingredients has caused a rethink about resurrecting the former Wine World kits.