Sunday, February 27, 2011

Paper Moon - A Popular Spot in Vermilion

During that same wine exploration trip with Mom, we stopped at Paper Moon Vineyards, which is on Route 60 near my sister's house in Vermilion. We had visited the winery several times since its opening in 2008, but we had never met the owners.  On the afternoon we stopped by, we missed Sheryl Cawrse, but her husband Richard and son and winemaker Adam were great hosts for an hour. They told us everything we wanted to know about the winery, including the fact that the winery does not intend to harvest any of its estate-grown grapes until five years after planting.  After the hard work of clearing the land that was once covered in Concord grapes, they want to make sure they have a high yield of high-quality grapes. Marquette, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc and Traminette will be ready next year, but in the meantime, Adam is learning how to make great wines from west coast grapes.  The winery keeps busy with customers who return for the cozy feel of Paper Moon where board games can be enjoyed by the fireplace in winter.

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