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Maries River Red

The Maries River, which is a stone’s throw from our vineyards, has been fuller than usual lately, with the rains we have been having. There were even a couple of times when the river left its banks and covered the road to our wine production barn, cutting off the one way out. I guess there are worse places to be stuck.

Our Maries River Red is one of the few Concord wines with real dignity. As with our other reds, we ferment this wine in Missouri Oak and treat it with the respect given our signature Norton and Cabernet Franc wines. This unusual treatment provides a depth to Maries River red not found in most other sweet reds. Our Maries River Red is fruity and juicy, with flavors reminiscent of grape jelly. This grape jelly flavor, however, is more of an artisanal type than the commercial, grocery store type. The slight oak provides a touch of vanilla, and the light body and ruby color match the overall liveliness and fun of this wine.

When producing our Maries River Red, it is easy to picture farm winemakers of yesteryear—European immigrants who used their traditional, natural winemaking techniques to create wines with substance and delight from the humble native American Concord grape. Is it coincidence that one of the first large ships to carry German settlers to this country was named the Concord?

Chill this wine down and serve it in whatever clear glasses you have handy. The beautiful ruby color, fruity aromas, and dignified taste will be readily evident.