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Celebrating Illinois Wine Month

Celebrating Illinois Wine Month

There’s something special about September in southern Illinois.  Our vineyards are buzzing with excitement, grapes are hanging heavy on the vines and glasses everywhere are raised to celebrate harvest.  September is Illinois Wine Month and it’s a great time to...
Wines to Serve with Holiday Ham

Wines to Serve with Holiday Ham

Holiday meals wouldn’t be complete without a local wine by their side.  Check out some of our favorite Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wine and ham pairings, just in time for the holidays. A favorite entrée for the season, ham, with its sweet-and-salty richness, pairs best...
Norton:  America’s Oldest Native Grape

Norton: America’s Oldest Native Grape

Norton is a red wine variety and widely referred to as America’s oldest native grape. There is some mystery behind the actual creation of the Norton variety. It is believed that in Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Daniel Norborne Norton was experimenting with grape cultivation...
If It Grows Together, It Goes Together

If It Grows Together, It Goes Together

Pairing local wines with locally grown foods from the same region has been taking place for centuries.  In the past, local foods were paired with local wines because that’s what the region produced and there was no knowledge of other wines and foods from different...
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