Thursday, August 23, 2007

Grape Expectations

Wisconsin wineries received some national press via THIS travel article (article expires 9/15 online). Two notable mentions were Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac and Botham Vineyards in Barneveld. Personally, I think touring and buying wine from local wineries is a great way to support local business and buy local. I’ve toured Wollersheim and it’s great fun to see what types of grapes are grown in our, shall we say, temperamental climate. The article cites Wollersheim as Wisconsin’s largest winery, producing more than one million bottles per year. One of their most popular and award-winning wines is Prairie Fumé, an easy-drinking white that’s perfect for lighter dishes and warm summer afternoons.

I also have to mention Botham Vineyards because I know Sarah Botham, a former college instructor of mine who’s one half (the other half is husband Peter) of the wine-producing couple behind the winery. In CNN’s article, Peter discusses the vineyard’s Big Stuff Red, a slightly sweet blend of red wine that Peter says he developed for visitors who liked sweeter wines but wanted to drink red wine for the health benefits. In fact, their son Mills is the tot that’s featured on the adorable (and yummy) Big Stuff Red wine label.
Wollersheim Winery, PO Box 87, Prairie du Sac. 1-800-VIP-WINE.
Botham Vineyards, 8180 Langberry Dr., Barvneveld. 608-924-1412.

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