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Somerset Wine Trail Chambourcin Nouveau Release

First Year Release of Chambourcin Nouveau 

The four wineries of the Somerset Wine Trail will release for the first time ever four different Nouveau style wines the weekend of November 22, 2013.  This will be the first celebration of its kind in the Kansas City area and marks the reemergence of the Somerset winemaking region located just south of the Kansas City Metro in Miami County, Kansas.

Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Nighthawk Vineyard & Winery, Middle Creek Winery, and White Wind Farms will all celebrate the 2013 harvest each releasing a Nouveau style wine made from the Chambourcin grape. Each wine was made with clusters that were de-stemmed but not crushed, had a short fermentation on the skins and no barrel aging, resulting in fresh, fruity, ready to drink wine without extracting bitter tannins.

Chambourcin is a French-American grape grown primarily in the American Midwest and the Loire Valley of France. It makes deeply colored, medium bodied red wine with fruity aromas, cherry and earthy/spicy complexities.  It pairs well with barbecue, pork and grilled meats of all types...perfect for our Kansas City cuisine!  It can be served at room temperature or slightly chilled enhancing the bold flavors. 

The release of Somerset Nouveau will celebrate the end of the 2013 grape harvest season and the first wine made by all four wineries from this year’s harvest.  It will also celebrate reemergence of Miami County, Kansas as a winemaking region.  Prior to Prohibition, the rolling limestone hills in and around Somerset were home to many local vineyards and wineries.  

Beginning Nov. 22, wine lovers will be able to visit all four wineries to sample and purchase each winery’s interpretation of Chambourcin Nouveau.  Visitors can tour the wineries on the Miami County Trolley for $18.00 per person for the day.  More info is available at or call 913-306-3388 to make a reservation.  General hours of winery operation on Friday and Saturday are 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.


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