My Mini Midwest Wine Tour to Davenport Winery

I took a trip over Memorial Day weekend to Perry, Kansas for a camping trip with my social group, and somehow I managed to find a couple of wineries to incorporate into the itinerary.  I really have to thank one of my close friends that came along for locating and coordinating the visits for us, as it really turned out to be a nice day and I loved trying some of the wines from  Kansas.  This is one of three Kansas wineries I will be posting about from our trip. Check out Davenport’s list of wines and the link to their website below if you would like to make a visit yourself!

One of the wineries we visited, Davenport,  sits in a town called Eudora in Kansas, a picture perfect Midwestern farming community. Davenport boasts a stunningly beautiful vineyard complete with a little red house for tasting.  The tasting bar itself was beautiful, carved in a natural pattern from wood.  Our host for the tasting was very knowledgeable, and had a few interesting stories to tell us.  I really enjoyed the stories about the local artists who create the labels for Davenport's wines. 

My personal favorites are always Missouri dry reds, although Missouri tends to make sweeter wines over all. Kansas wines are not that much different due to the close proximity to Missouri, and Davenport was no different.  I chose the Norton and I was not disappointed. It was smooth with very little bite, and a lighter dry flavor good for summer weather. I highly recommend this place if you are taking a tour of Missouri wineries any time in the future.  

Taken outside the winery near the outside tasting tables. 

Friends enjoying the tasting and the warm weather by showing a little leg! 

Sweet Fruit Wines

  • Apple -- from Blushing Gold apples. Great with barbecue; makes a wonderful BBQ sauce base. S
  • Blackberry (375ml) -- from Lawson's Berry Patch (Vinland). Luscious! VS
  • Bonne Pomme -- from Jonathans. After dinner favorite. Reduce it for ice cream topping. VS
  • Peche (375ml) -- from peaches, one or more varieties. Indescribable. VS
  • Poire (375ml) -- from pears, one or more varieties. A rare treat. VS
  • Rhubarb (375ml) -- from Pendleton's Country Market (Lawrence). You haven't lived... VS

Dry Red Grape Wines

  • Boujy Noveaulo -- from Norton. We release this tart and fruity nouveau style wine on November 17 every year. D
  • Chat in the Dark -- from Marechal Foch. A good uncomplicated red that will not overpower simple pasta dishes. D
  • Norton -- varietal*, barrel aged. Our 1999 vintage received an 83 score in the July 31, 2002 Wine Spectator magazine. With plenty of oak (but not overly so), Norton can be paired with anything normally served with Cabernet or Merlot. It gets lovelier with a little bottle aging. D
  • Ruslan -- from Marechal Foch, barrel aged. Similar to a Pinot, and named for the heroic knight in the Russian fairy tale (and M. I. Glinka's opera), "Ruslan and Ludmila." D

Sweet Red Grape Wines

  • Charlemagne -- from Chambourcin. Named for the noisy rooster in "A Year in Provence" (we had one just like him) and not quite as sweet as Charlotte's Red, you'll find a totally different taste. S
  • Charlotte's Red -- from Fredonia. Probably our best seller, it is named for Charlee's mom, who loved a good sweet red wine. S
  • Mandolin -- from St. Vincent from the Sterbenz vineyard. An homage to the Lawrence/Eudora area's really good mandolin players. S

Dry White Grape Wines

  • Cayuga White -- varietal, barrel fermented. Cayuga takes to oak very well; serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. For Chardonnay lovers. D
  • Chardonel -- varietal (Chardonnay x Seyval). Fruity, tart and crisp, this one has a touch of sweetness, not so much to preclude having it with a meal. OD
  • Seyval Blanc, German style -- varietal. Tart, fruity, lower alcohol. Good acidity to balance richer dishes; works well with cheese and crackers, too. Riesling fans like this one. D
  • Vignoles -- varietal. Vignoles tastes like no other wine; with its powerful fruit flavors, it needs no accompaniment. OD

Sweet White Grape Wines

  • Aurore -- varietal. Floral aroma, pleasant flavor, soft and easy to drink. S
  • Niagara -- varietal. This is Welch's White Grape Juice grape, a white version of Charlotte's Red. S
  • Steuben -- varietal. Begins life as a blue grape. The skins don't yield much color, so we make a white and a rose' from this grape. S
  • Vignoles -- varietal. See the Vignoles description above. S
  • Vignoles, Late Harvest -- varietal. Harvesting late yields higher sugar and more intense pineapple and peach flavors. Outa this world! S

Sweet Blush or Rose' Wines**

  • Marechal Foch -- varietal. Blush. S
  • Mary's Blush -- from Norton, intensely flavorful and a very dark blush. Named for Mary Davenport, Greg's grandma. S
  • Wild Irish Rose' -- made from Steuben. Rose'. S

Sparkling Wines

  • Scrumpy -- from apples, fermented in the bottle with spent yeast left in, like a good home brew. "Blue collar bubbly", flavorful with a creamy finish. D

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