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Stephen and Lori Smith's Wine Journal

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Latest Winery Visits

D'Vine Wine of Galvestone (added Apr 05, 2012)
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)
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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.

D'Vine Wine of Galvestone (written Mar 25, 2012)
Wine: 2 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars
A good location in the downtown shopping area of Galveston Island, but the tasting room and shop were very small. The owner was the only person working that day, and while she was polite, she wasn't entirely pleasant. Perhaps we caught her on a bad day. One of the more expensive wineries we've been to. $15 a piece to taste four wines, but for that price you get to keep the glass. I also purchased a glass of wine to drink on premises, which meant I spent $40, but walked out without a bottle of wine. A little disappointing.

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.

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