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Do we know what the Klingon Bloodwine is actually made of? Is it actually as the name suggests? or is it just referring to the colour of it?

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It's never made clear in the on-screen canon, but according to the Star Trek Cookbook (by Ethan Phillips and William J. Birnes):

"Klingon bloodwine is exactly what it says it is: fermented blood and sugar."

There's been a lot of speculation among fans as to how one is supposed to interpret Worf's quote:

"I like my bloodwine very young, and very sweet."

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    Young wine means low amounts of fermentation - low alcohol. Yeast eats sugars, the more sugar, the more alcohol. So his blood wine preference is not overly weak, but isn't terribly strong, either. – aramis Jan 9 '13 at 9:24
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    Aye, that's why people like speculating about whether he was talking age/sweetness in typical wine terms, or if it's something more sinister/Klingon ;) – loghaD Jan 9 '13 at 11:16
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    It's also worth noting that the blood can and does ferment. Here a lawyer mentions DUI blood sample contamination by fermentation. – aramis Jan 10 '13 at 2:21
  • @aramis - depends. If it's truly like wine, then yes, otherwise, aging means that the alcohol is just evaporating, like with scotch (older scotch generally has a lower proof than younger). It all depends on whether the fermentation continues while it ages. – Chris B. Behrens Aug 29 '14 at 20:23
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    @ChrisB.Behrens there are a number of things that change during the maturation process for whisky besides the alcohol evaporating. The color in the whisky comes from the cask, being slowly dissolved into the whisky. Some of the other alcohols oxidize or leech into the wood of the cask. Alcohol and water both evaporate - how much of each depends on temperature and ambient humidity. Other chemistry occurs to the distillate. I think it's interesting - read here: shakestir.com/features/id/551/science-of-barrel-aging – pcurry Sep 3 '14 at 17:20
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Blood of their enemies and sugar

TNG writer Ronald D. Moore (responsible for much of the Klingon arc in TNG) was asked this question today at the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration in Las Vegas.

MOORE: The blood of their enemies. And it would be really, really sweet. They like it sweet. So blood with a lot of sugar.

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    So, exactly what the ST: Cookbook says it is. Nice confirmation. – Valorum Aug 7 '16 at 22:54
  • @Valorum : Thanks. He was a little more specific, of course: the blood of their enemies, not just any old blood that you get on offer from Tesco. – Praxis Aug 11 '16 at 17:51
  • By "their enemies", I took it to mean simply any race considered to be an enemy of the Klingon Empire rather than the specific enemies of the House of Mogh/Duras, etc. – Valorum Aug 11 '16 at 17:53
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    @Valorum : That's also what I took it to mean --- enemies in general. But I'm differentiating between blood of enemies killed in glorious battle and the blood of a targ that died of old age at its master's feet, i.e. not any blood will do. – Praxis Aug 11 '16 at 18:01
  • Fair enough. I think you deserve the acceptance, simply for the quality of the source. – Valorum Aug 11 '16 at 18:10
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In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Martok boasts that he has a barrel of 2309 bloodwine and that there is no finer "vintage". "Vintage" when used to refer to wine implies grapes or at least something that grows in a vineyard. So I don't think bloodwine contains blood any more than sangria contains sangre.

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    I don't doubt that's where the word comes from, but it appears to have moved on to be used a lot more broadly than that; Dictionary.com gives "a time of origin" as one definition, and there are vintage ales, vintage whiskeys... ...so I wouldn't be too sure grapes (or the Klingon equivalent of grapes) are at all involved. – loghaD Jan 10 '13 at 19:15
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    Just as @loghaD suggested, vintage just refers to when something was made, and little else. It doesn't refer to the batch of grapes themselves, nor the hops or any other kinds of ingredients, just the year it was made. – doppelgreener Aug 25 '13 at 5:50
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    Given that the federation/Klingon war didn't fully end until 2344, one has to wonder what enemies blood was used to make that vintage of wine. – John Meacham Nov 7 '16 at 11:04
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It is made of the blood-red grape that grew at the spot where Kahless made his first kill. It is said to have the DNA of all the slain challengers to the Empire.

  • Is this based on canon? if so, which episode? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 3 '14 at 22:57
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    Your head-canon is under review. – pcurry Aug 29 '14 at 17:22

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