If you're looking for a unique wine to celebrate Thanksgiving, how about pumpkin wine? Earlier this year I found myself in Springfield for the Old Capitol Art Fair. A handful of wineries from Illinois were also there presenting their various wines - some grape based and others not so much - and this is where I met Rick Mosher from Prairie State Winery. Rick makes a wide array of wines from American hybrid grapes such as Frontenac, Seyval Blanc and Vidal as well traditional Vinifera species including an impressive award winning Cabernet Franc . He also produces a line of wines made from fruits such as apple, pomegranate, cranberry and elderberry but it was his pumpkin wine that caught me by surprise. I'll admit, I was very skeptical at first since I generally don't fruit wines but the flavors of pumpkin pie in a glass had me at hello. Rick infuses local pumpkins with traditional baking spices and the result is a golden colored wine with enticing aromas of freshly baked pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and just the right amount of sweetness with a snappy crisp finish. Personally, I think it's too sweet to serve with turkey and the trimmings but it would be excellent with desserts such as pumpkin & apple pie or buttery cookies.
According to their website, Prairie State Pumpkin Wine is available at Binny's for $11 or you can call the winery direct at 815-784-4540. A recent posting on Prairie State's Facebook page indicated they are down to the last few cases so if you're interested in purchasing this item for next week - you better hurry!