We took home 12 medals from the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC), including a Double Gold for our Brianna 2014.
This year’s competition was held March 21-22 in Rochester, New York and, as the world’s largest charitable wine competition, benefitted Camp Good Days. FLIWC is open to commercial wineries and distilleries from all producing countries and typically sees more than 3750 wine entries from 20 countries. The competition draws a diverse panel of the highest quality judges from all over the world.
We were thrilled to have been among the exclusive few to earn awards.
This was the 31st award for Brianna, our popular South Dakota-grown semi-sweet white wine. We source the grapes for our Brianna wine from Lewis & Clark Vineyard near Yankton, South Dakota, and we’ve worked with the vineyard’s owners, Greg and Muriel Stach, for many years.
Brianna grapes were developed to withstand the cold and heat that our climate throws at it. At Lewis & Clark Vineyard, the grape canes are combed or trained twice a year and are leaf-plucked around the clusters. This allows the clusters to fully bask in the sun, bringing out Brianna’s characteristic fruity flavors.
This is our third competition win so far in 2015, bringing our grand total since 2001 to 854.
You can find a breakdown of all of our awards here
We started 2015 on a high note, bringing home nine awards from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Recognized as the largest competition of American wines in the world, this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition received more than 6,417 entries from more than 28 states.
We were delighted to have been among the exclusive few to earn awards.
The star among our entries was our popular Gold Digger pear wine, winning Best of Class among the entered fruit wines. A wine earns Best of Class when deemed to be the best in its group. Typically, about 40 wines of a similar style, grape variety and/or price range make up a class.
Calamity Jane also earned bragging rights in the competition, taking home a Double Gold medal.
We also recently won 10 awards at the Florida State Fair, bringing our grand total since 2001 to 842.
You can find a breakdown of all of our awards here.
Bring something new to your harvest dinners or Halloween parties this autumn. Pumpkin wine bottle chillers are easy to make, take advantage of the abundant supply of pumpkins, and are great party conversation starters. Oh, and they’re the perfect holders for Prairie Berry Winery wines! Follow the directions below to create a pumpkin wine bottle chiller for your upcoming party.
Step 1: Gather your materials.
For this project, you’ll need a large pumpkin that can hold 2 or 3 bottles of wine and ice. You will also need a knife and a spoon. And, of course, you’ll need the wine – Pumpkin Bog is the natural fit for this project.
Step 2: Cut the pumpkin.
Rather than cutting a small circle around the stem as you would when carving a pumpkin, cut a larger circle lower on the pumpkin. This provides a larger opening to accommodate the wine bottles.
Step 3: Remove the innards.
Using a large spoon, scoop out the pumpkin’s innards, including the seeds. If needed, widen the opening by cutting away some of the pumpkin’s flesh with a knife. Discard the seeds or wash and save them for roasting.
Step 4: Add the ice.
Dump a large scoop of ice into the bottom of the pumpkin. Arrange the wine bottles in the ice as desired and add a little more ice around the bottles. Let the wine chill as your guests admire the creative party decoration. Cheers!
Gather your friends and attend our Pumpkin Pairing class at Prairie Berry East Bank on October 22 from 6–7 p.m. in our Generation5 Wine Club Lounge.
We’ll be featuring Pumpkin Bog, Prairie Berry Winery’s most popular seasonal wine and Imperial Pumpkin Porter, Miner Brewing Company’s newly released seasonal craft beer. Each attendee will receive full glasses of Pumpkin Bog and Imperial Pumpkin Porter as well as suggested food pairings for each fermented beverage.
Tickets are $20 per person. Tickets for Generation5 Wine Club members are $15 per person.
Reserve your space soon as the event is limited to 20 attendees.
Call (605) 496-7175 or stop by Prairie Berry East Bank to purchase your tickets.
Each season brings new happenings to the winery, but this time of year is extra special. It’s crush season at Prairie Berry Winery!
Starting in mid-August, our crush pad comes to life as shipments of grapes from our grower partners arrive. After being heartily welcomed with cheers and applause, the grape varieties are crushed, pounded, and sent along the path of transformation into the wines our guests will soon enjoy.
Brianna grapes arrive
The first crush day of 2014 happened on August 22 with a shipment of Brianna grapes from Lewis & Clark Lake Vineyard near Yankton, SD. We’ve worked with the vineyard’s owners, Greg and Muriel Stach, for many years and their harvest made for a great kickoff to the season, complete with party hats and noise makers.
Brianna, a white wine grape, produces medium-sized clusters that mature early in the season to a greenish gold to golden bronze tone.
The Brianna grape canes at Lewis & Clark Vineyard are combed or trained twice a year and are leaf-plucked around the clusters. This allows the clusters to fully bask in the sun, which brings out Brianna’s characteristic fruity flavors. Weekly rain at Lewis & Clark Vineyard since late May led to lush and vigorous grape growth, says Greg, and was a nice turn from the past few years, which were marked by unrelenting drought.
“We had 20 pickers helping us harvest the grapes this year,” says Greg. “It rained an inch the day and night before harvest, which made for soggy conditions, but the pickers were in good cheer in spite of the heat and high humidity.”
Crush season continues
A late summer thunderstorm delayed the crushing of our Marquette grapes but, after a few pints of Miner Brewing beer, we pushed through.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather on September 3 for crushing the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that will become the next batch of 3Rednecks.
“We are excited to have the hybrid grape volumes slowly rebound from the drought,” says Sandi Vojta, Prairie Berry’s winemaker. “South Dakota has unusual challenges for grape growing and we embrace that in our winemaking style.”
As we dream of how the wine from this season’s grape harvests will taste, we also take time to celebrate our guests, supporters, and dedicated team members. Your support is what keeps the winery going and growing. Cheers and happy harvesting!
We’ve made a few changes at Prairie Berry East Bank, including new hours and menu offerings, to prepare for the opening of our Epicurean Bar. These changes will allow us to better provide you with a destination where you can sip, savor and enjoy all the flavors of Prairie Berry.
Our new hours are:
- Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Sun., 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Our Gen5 Wine Club Lounge, located in the lower level of Prairie Berry East Bank, is open:
- Wednesday, 1–6 p.m.
- Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stop in any day of the week between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to order from our full lunch menu. From 3 p.m. until close, enjoy small plates and appetizers to share including pizzas, cheese boards, charcuterie boards, olives, hummus, chips and guacamole and our trio of spreads. Enjoy our Prairie Berry Winery wines and Miner Brewing beers and browse our Marketplace’s gourmet selections from open to close every day of the week.
We’re also now booking more corporate and private events in our upper level and in our Gen5 Wine Club Lounge. If you’re a wine club member, we’ll waive the event rental fee for our wine club lounge. Call (605) 496-7175 to learn more and to plan your next event with us.
Other exciting changes are coming this fall including the opening of our Epicurean Bar and the expansion of our Marketplace.
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Calling all Generation5 Wine Club members: We have a spot just for you in Sioux Falls! The Generation5 Wine Club Lounge is now open three days per week in the lower level of Prairie Berry East Bank in Sioux Falls. We’re located downtown in the historic Frank Transfer Building just across from the 8th and Railroad retail center.
Enjoy personalized service in a private and relaxed setting while you get to know other wine club members. Stop by for a visit—we’d love to get to know you.
The Prairie Berry East Bank wine club lounge is open:
- Wednesdays: 1 – 6 p.m.
- Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Sundays: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Our wine club team is on hand to serve you Miner Brewing craft beers, Prairie Berry Winery wines (including Legacy wines) and a few occasional special extras. Our full kitchen menu is also available and menu selections can be enjoyed in the lounge.
Not a Generation5 Wine Club member yet? Joining is free and easy. Click here to learn more. See you soon!
If you’re curious what a day for our busy winemaker/brewmaster might look like, you may enjoy reading how she describes it herself for Four Magazine, here.
Our thanks to Eva-Luise Schwarz and Four Magazine, for helping make this possible.
Hill City, South Dakota – June 11, 2014 – Prairie Berry Winery today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.
“We really value winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row,” says Prairie Berry LLC Brand and Marketing Manager, Emily Paulson. “The entire team at Prairie Berry Winery strives to treat each guest like a friend or family member while they share about our winery history and products. When guests enjoy what they’ve experienced enough to make it public on TripAdvisor, well we know we’ve done something right. We’d like to thank all of our guests that have taken the time to comment on their experience. Each individual vote of confidence means so much.”
“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 260 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 150 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 39 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.
Prairie Berry Winery will call its new Sioux Falls location Prairie Berry East Bank and be open by June.
The Hill City-based business will be next to Queen City Bakery in the Frank Transfer & Storage Building on East Eighth Street across from the 8th & Railroad Center.
“It’s awesome,” co-owner Matt Keck said. “It was a cool design, and we really wanted to do justice to the space, and I think we pulled it off.”
The company has hired about a dozen people for the Sioux Falls location and has been training them in the Black Hills.
Menu development will start this week. Prairie Berry East Bank will offer lunch items as well as meats and cheeses in a wine-tasting area. There also will be a retail space, event area and lower-level wine club lounge.
Many of the materials used to renovate the space have been reclaimed. There’s wood from an old barn in Sioux Falls and metal from an old cooler delivery truck that was found inside.
“It’s such an eclectic blend, and that’s what we were looking for,” Keck said.
A ribbon-cutting is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. May 28, and the plan is to be open to the public by early June.
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