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Latest Winery Visits

Mount Pleasant Winery - Branson (added Apr 05, 2012)
Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery (added Feb 25, 2012)
Middle Creek Winery/Graue Vineyards (added Feb 25, 2012)
Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery (added Jan 22, 2012)
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Latest Wine Journal Entries

Mount Pleasant Winery - Branson (written Apr 08, 2012)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars
Someone once told me that wine is a very personal experience. No wine will taste the same to two different individuals. I don't care much for very dry wines, but I don't look down on people that prefer them. My wine adventure started with sweets and has evolved from there. I once went to a winery that served only dry (they called them "traditional") wines, and while it wasn't a miserable experience, we probably won't visit again, and I doubt I would buy their wines in the store. A smart winery tries to market to as many people as it can, and to ignore the sweet wine drinkers is counterproductive because it excludes a substantial number of the wine drinking public. Mount Pleasant is a commercial winery, but opening a winery in Branson is a good way to market their product to a clientelle that maybe hasn't tried it before. It isn't very sophisticated, but hey....we're talking Branson. There was a decent selection of dry to sweet whites and reds ranging from $7 to $40. If you're in Branson and maybe want to try something different, this winery is worth a visit.

Middle Creek Winery/Graue Vineyards (written Feb 25, 2012)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars
Small and remote, but worth a look. Part of the fledgling Somerset Wine Trail, the winery offers a good selection of wines. The owners tend to lean towards the dry wines, but they offer some good semi-sweet (or off-dry, if you prefer)selections. Most notably they offer a honey wine (mead), which is pretty rare in this region. The most intriguing wine offered is the Honey Red, which is a Norton sweetened with honey. My favorite by far, and one that other wineries should look into.

Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery (written Feb 25, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars
One of the more successful wineries commercially in Kansas. Good selection and a cozy, albeit remote, location. Eleven wines to chose from, and all were available for tasting. Good mix of dries and semi-sweets and sweets, with a nice selection of fortified wines. The Citron was a unique fortified wine with a lemony twist. A little out of the way, but recommended. The anchor point of the Somerset Wine Trail, along with Middle Creek (Graue) and Night Hawk wineries.

Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery (written Jan 22, 2012)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

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