For the people in mountain region , wine is an ambrosia drink which appears in all households . When there is a distinguished guest , wine is something indispensable drink to offer. The wine is customarily served with a saying . " please , have a flat wine with our family ," but you should not say no to upset the host family .
If you have change to visit Lao cai , let come to Bac Ha highland where you would experience weather of four seasons with clouds covering all over the mountains. There , you would enjoy various specialities of nature of product made by the most unaffected farmer such as the Tam Ho plum , Hau plum , pear , local peach and French peach .In winter let be confident to enter any household sitting by warm fire and a cup of wine offered by the house master. The wine is made of the most natural maize grown in a mountain of Bac Ha . It spicy taste and aroma seem to give you a living inspiration despite the hardest challenges of life. And then you will wonder how people can produce such limpid and pure wine from their land , water and crops . You could ask Mong people in Ban Pho who are eager to give you all the story that the wine is made from plum golden maize boiled to a pulp in wooden fire then poured on a clean ground . The maize then would be mixed with kind of fermented leaves cut from the forest nearby . Three day after the maize become permeated with such ferment , it would be poured into a jug for soaking tightly in seven or nine days then distill for wine . That's really a kind of distilled wine but not brewed wine, because its quintessence is not brewed with water like the rice wine is done by people in low -land region but the wine is cooked in a bain-marrie . Water steam from containing th quintessence making up the wine which be cooled down by cold water container upper before running drops by drops to dried gourd or bamboo tube , Three bushels of maize can make up a pure gourd of wine .
Such work of stage to produce maize wine seems simple but you should not try because you would never successful . Many people hard to get the right maize , the right pure water taken from a mountain in Ban Pho but still could not produce the right wine of Ban Pho.
People in Ban Pho have possess such as wine distill profession wine since long long ago and surely the have their own secret recipe handed down through generations . And these is just those Mong people of Ban Pho in Bac Ha district could produce such as maize .
However Loa Cai has another place where produce similar attractive food delicay . That i San Lung wine . While Ban Pho wine is popular for Mong people of ban pho in Bac Ha district , Sun Lung wine belong to Dao Do people of Ban Xeo in Bat Xat district . It is only different that Ban Pho wine distilled from maize but San Lung wine is distilled from rice and wheat and you will find the production much more complicated : what the rice should be or how is the mixture between rice and wheat ? particularly , the ferment should be made up cautiously from 10 ferment leaves cut from the forest . Taste of this kind of wine is really unique and incomparable . It has a soft aroma and light taste with charming when it touches your tongue .
If you want to learn about Lao Cai wine , you should learn how the people there drink it . Ordinarily , you should not say no to honest and sincere invitation. If it is home , a bowl full of tasty and aroma wine offered by house master would be transferred hands by hands around the visitors . The house master would invite you to have the wine and say to you the most hearted-left wishes like the full wine he offer .
Source : collected from Lao Cai - New opportunities paper