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Uh, no. Kansas wine still has a long way to go.
No, never found any I could drink. AS was stated above, they still have a way to go.
Their Cynthiana is great. I'm not sure how much of it actually comes from grapes grown in Kansas, though.
Wine in not like Champagne, it can be from anywhere.
Heavens, no. I live an hour and a half from Napa.
Kansas doesn't do very many things well. Wine is not one of them.
I haven't found a Kansas wine thats fit to drink.
Davenport makes good wine. I'm gonna try their beaujolais this November.
by Terry Sexton
Jowler Creek is close by and their wines have won several medals. Free tastings, too!
No, but I listen to Kansans whine.
Can't remember the name but there was a good Kansas wine a few years ago. Then they quit making it. So, no Kansas wine for me currently. California, French and Spanish wines fill the bill.
I buy and drink wines from whatever state I happen to be in. Sure Cali is best and others are various shades of not-as-good, but the only state's wine I've found to be absolutely undrinkable was North Carolina. NC wines make Kansas taste like Beaujolais.
The only wines Kansas really does well are sweet wines, so really it's all pretty much Boone's.
Wasn't there an article in the paper a few days ago that Kansas wines aren't made from "Kansas grapes," which may be an oxymoron? I'm curious: How many states that are making and marketing wine use homegrown grapes?
As for my personal preference, I've never tried Kansas wine. I'm not a legitimate wine drinker, but when necessary, I've found Australian wines to be remarkably tasty and less expensive than European or California wines.
Maybe the administration could focus its eco devo efforts on helping Kansas winemakers rather than tourism. ; }
There are several wineries in the northeast part of Kansas that ARE growing grapes, in fact most of theses wineries are 100% estate. I agree that the law that lowered the standard creates a oxymoron for Kansas wine, fortunatly most of these estate wineries fought in oppostion. Unfortunatly they were not able to win. So your job as a consumer would be to stay informed, ask questions and support REAL local!
The Charlottes Red at Davenport is a great wine. So there, all you wine fooo fooos!!!!!!!!
This is a great blended Cal. wine. The first batch I bought was #44 and it stands the test of time. $12 wine, tastes like $30 stuff.
BTW, excellent with game like ducks, venison, pheasant, doves and also beef.
Kansas wines are too sweet, probably due to the growing conditions.
It seems that Kansas wines are being painted with a broad brush of negitivity. There are several wineries in the Northeast part of Kansas that are not only growing Kansas grapes but are making excellent wines and have achived a numorious amonts of international awards to prove it. Most of these wineries offer both Dry and Sweet selections to please even the most diserning palate. So to say the Kansas only makes sweet wine is unfair and not true. All wineries in the state offer free samples so I encourage you to visit them, try and enjoy. These are local farmers who put passion in their work and in the wine.
To my knowledge, none of these wineries even offer Elderberry.
Kansas wineries are producing some excellent wines, with selections of dry, medium or sweet to fit anyone's taste. I know that BlueJacket Crossing Winery, Davenport's Winery, Kugler's Winery, Holyfield Winery and Sommerset Ridge Winery all make wonerful wines from Kansas grapes, in most cases from grapes grown in vineyards planted on their property (estate grown). If you want a nice fruity, dry red wine, try a Kansas Norton (a/k/a Cynthiana), or a Chambourcin as an alternative to another boring Merlot. Instead of a Chardonnay, try a Kansas Tramminette or a Seyval. Of course the quality of Kansas wines varies, but that's part of the fun of visiting wineries - to see whether you like their wines. Samples are free and there are some outstanding, award winning wines to sample. You would be surprised at how well Kansas wines have done in various wine competitions all over the country. Kansas is actually perflectly suited to growing grapes and I'm impressed with some of the wines I've tasted.
I'm a neophite at wine and bow to your comments. I'll give the Kansas Norton a shot. To me, wine is like music: I know little about it but I know what I like.
I really like some of the Kansas wines. They often fall into the mix as I go through wines from many states and countries. I am not a fan of sweet wines, and that is not at all a problem with Kansas wines. There are plenty that are dry. If you haven't found any Kansas wine that you like yet, I suggest BlueJacket and especially, my favorite, Holyfield. Holyfield creates a Cynthiana that is incredible.
OK Native 72, you present a valid case. I'll try (again) some Kansas wines. Have to agree with others above all that I've tasted have been way too sweet. Where do I buy the Kansas Norton?
On the Rocks in Lawrence carries Kansas wines.
The Wine Cellar in Lawrence at 25th & Iowa also carries Kansas wine. Norton is also known as Cynthiana so look for both names.
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