Home to more than 90 wineries and 450 vineyards, Illinois is proving great wine can be produced in the Prairie State. Known for its unpredictable weather and temperature swings, winemakers have focused their efforts on French Hybrids, which make up 75% of the states total grape acreage. Popular varieties include Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Vignoles, Chardonel, and Seyval, the focus of today’s post.
Founded by Fred and Lynn Koehler, in Roselle, Illinois in October, 1979, Lynfred Winery is the oldest and largest, continuously-operating, bonded winery in the state. Producing over 50 wines and 25,000 cases per year, Lynfred sources fruit from California, Washington, Michigan and Illinois.
The 2009 Seyval Blanc is from Correl Vineyards in Newton, Illinois. The nose is ripe with melon, peach and tropical fruit. Light to medium-bodied, the food-friendly, crisp wine displays nice minerality and lemon characteristics. A delicious wine to open on a hot summer day.
Each September is Illinois Wine Month, and a perfect excuse to visit and enjoy a glass of Illinois. A short drive from Chicago, be sure to visit Lynfred Winery and tell them TheOther46.com sent you. Cheers!
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