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In a state where tornadoes and hail storms are legitimate vineyard management risks, it is testimony to fortitude that Kansas has wineries at all. Kansas summers can be stiflingly hot, with afternoon temperatures often hovering around 100 F. If that isn’t enough, all seasons can feature rapid climactic changes that sweep down the plains. Kansas was a significant player in America’s wine trade in the late 19th century. But the industry was leveled in 1880 by state-imposed prohibition. It wasn’t until the late 1980s, when a farm winery law was passed, that wineries returned to the state. The fledgling industry hosts eight wineries, with less than 100 acres under vine. Grape production is focused on French-American hybrids, such as Marechal Foch, and native vines which are able to withstand the climatic challenges. Alas, it may be a little premature to change the lyrics..."as grapey as Kansas in August...high as a kite on the Fourth of July...lalala!" – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Seyval Blanc

    Well suited to cool climates, this popular French-American hybrid is the second most planted vine in England, behind ...

  • Chambourcin

    Little is known about the exact parentage of Chambourcin. It was a hybrid developed by Joannes Seibel in the Loire Va...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Cynthiana

  • Norton

    Norton was first created in the experimental garden of the eccentric Dr. Daniel Norton in 1820s Richmond, VA. His int...

  • Vignoles

    Popular in northeastern and midwest regions of America, this white wine-producing hybrid produces an excellent desser...

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  • Agreed - but at least they're gone for now. This caught my attention under ... of Kansas 0 postsIf zero posts is a popular topic then I don't understand the term Read More

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  • Red grape.I think Arien is still the most widely planted wine grape of any ... ... for yield just like corn in Kansas. I've seen some vines in Argentina and they're playing around with it, and there are a few bottles from Spain that are imported to the US these days, so who knows.EMark - the second. There's more Garnacha in Spain than Monastre... Read More

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  • I'm giving away a winebootie to the 1st person that can truly explain the ... Mom and Pop. We are not in Kansas anymore and yes I'm trying to introduce another way to enjoy wine to the true wine lover.Adios amigos &nbs Read More

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  • looking for a wine class/tasting to learn about wine located in central Kansas just started new business and would like to be able to answer customer questions  Read More

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  • No idea? According to the link you left n the "I'm glad I live in ... ... I must be getting old ;), Kansas is a D+.Winery direct to Consumer - YesRetailer to Consumer - NoGov control of wine sales - NoSunday sales of wine -  YesBYO - YesWine sales in supermarket - NoI don't understand why that's a D+ but anyhow he/she should be able to purchas... Read More

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  • I have no idea what Kansas law is, although my suspicion is not positive.  I would suggest you just contact the winery.  They would know. Read More

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  • Thanks for that!  I went on a road trip a year or so ago and had my first ... Norton grape just outside of Kansas City, very interesting wines and very earthy as I recall of the few I tasted.  As for the Northwest, the wines are very different between the Willamette Valley of Oregon and the Columbia Valley which includes both Oregon and Washin... Read More

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  • Blue Jacket Crossing Lelyon Veritas Lelyon Vineyard

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    Wine from Eudora, KS. Just released. Tasted 2-15-13 (Prob 5th time). Very attractive label. Wine is light red color. Blue berries, plum, lightly sweet cherries, blackberries, slightly sweet vanilla. black tea, black pepper finish. Chambourcin grape aged in French Oak. Very nice wine. $17.99 Read More

    Wine review by benjamindehoog


  •  Preparing for this snow storm rolling through Kansas I just grabbed a quick red to warm me up since I may be stuck inside for the next couple of days.  Being on a college Budget, I grabbed Painted HIlls Merlot 2008 from California that was $9.99 at a local liquor store.  Has anyone tried this Merlot?  If so, any good/not so good thoughts?    Read More

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  • Smoky Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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    When I was at the winery near Salina, Kansas this is the one I sampled. This a very nice dry red wine has fruity tastes of black cherry, raspberry, along with with pepper and toasted oak . This Cabernet has rich tannin and a long smooth finish.. Read More

    Wine review by lakenvelder


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