Red Ass Rhubarb, anyone?

Red Ass Rhubarb, anyone?

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I’m a Jane-come-lately to the whole wine thing. It’s only in the last year or so that I’ve developed an appreciation for the stomped grape.  I still don’t understand “legs” or “bouquet”, but I enjoy a glass of red with dinner.  Mike doesn’t like wine.  He doesn’t even really like beer.  He drinks Bud Light, which true beer aficionados scoff at.  Even though Mike is not a vinophile, he’s gracious enough to accompany me to the occasional wine tasting.

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After our adventure at the Rushmore Tramway, we stopped at Prairie Berry Winery for a free wine tasting. Prairie Berry is a family winery run by fifth generation winemaker Sandi Votja.  The large space holds a plethora of wines from dry to dessert, and there are plenty of wine-related gifts to pick up with your bottle.  Sample five wines of your choosing gratis and then head over to the deli counter for fresh-made food.  (We were lucky and got a counter girl who gave us a couple of extra tastings.)

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Prairie Berry’s signature wine is the Red Ass Rhubarb, a sweet-tart wine made from rhubarb and raspberries.  It was my favorite of the five wines I tasted, and I bought a bottle I look forward to uncorking soon.  Prairie Berry is a super fun place to visit. It was one of the few times I regretted being in the RV and not being able to hold more stuff.  I saw lots of goodies I wanted to buy, particularly gifts for my friends and family.

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Prairie Berry is open 7 days a week with tastings going on continuously.  It’s a nice, quick (we were in and out in a half hour!) stop as you tour Rushmore and environs in South Dakota.

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