HILL CITY, S.D. – Prairie Berry Winery sent four people to pour their regional wines at the National Wine Experience, America’s premier national wine exhibition. The inaugural event was held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on November 20.
The National Wine Experience was presented in part by USA Today and featured wines from more than 100 wineries representing 25 states. Approximately 3,000 attendees were expected and sampled wines from among 500 different American wines paired with cuisine created by Wolfgang Puck representing different regions of the country.
According to Prairie Berry Winery’s Marketing Manager, Michele Slott, “We’re proud to represent our state and introduce that part of the country to our award-winning wines. We certainly saw a lot of surprised faces at what we had to offer. We really wanted to wave our regional flag proudly and pour wines unique to our state, so we offered wine made from wild chokecherries, rhubarb and black currants. The only grape wine we served is made from a cold hardy hybrid called La Crescent, grown for us at Lewis & Clark Vineyard near Yankton. A lot of wine drinkers have no idea that wine exists made from any of these things, so we shook things up a bit. Having Wolfgang Puck there to pair foods with our wines was amazing, too.”
Prairie Berry Winery’s Tasting Room and Kitchen, located near Hill City, are open to the public daily, year-round.