Food and Drink

Get on the Wine Trail for Something Nouveau

Four Kansas Wineries are releasing something very special beginning November 22nd.

For the first time, the four wineries of the Somerset Wine Trail in Miami County—Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Nighthawk Vineyard & Winery, Middle Creek Winery and White Wind Farms—will release four different Nouveau-style wines. These wines were made from clusters of the Chambourcin grape, which were de-stemmed but not crushed. Because they weren’t barrel-aged, the wine is fresh, fruity and ready to drink.

Chambourcin is a French-American grape grown primarily in the American Midwest and France’s Loire Valley. It creates a deeply colored, medium-bodied wine with hints of cherry and earthy complexities. According to Cindy Reynolds of Somerset Ridge, “It pairs incredibly well with barbecue, pork and grilled meats of all types. In short, it’s perfect for our Kansas City cuisine.”

Beginning Nov. 22, wine lovers can visit all four wineries to sample and purchase each interpretation of Chambourcin Nouveau. Make a day of it and take the Miami County Trolley (call 913-306-3388) for $18.00 per person.

General hours of winery operation are Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.