Independence Uncorked 2016

We attended the Independence Uncorked Wine Festival again on September 10, 2016. It is a gathering of about 20 different Missouri wineries held on the Bingham-Waggoner estate in Independence, sponsored by the Independence Rotary Club. There is also music and arts and crafts for sale. Here are the wineries that we visited and what we sampled. Like last year, there were so many wineries present that we were unable to try them all. Oh well.

Arcadian Moon Winery

19203 Old US 40
Higginsville, MO 64037
Bellatrix – sweet white vignoles nice honey flavor. Very refreshing.
Luna – sweet red, sweeter than the Bellatrix, kind of cranberry, seemed thicker

Seven Springs Winery

846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052
Spring Fling – Sweet white, viney
7th Heaven – Sweet red, liked it better but also viney
Blushing Springs – sparkling moscato, very carbonated has a lot of bite, but viney

Windy Wine Company

9478 SW State Hwy J
Osborn, MO 64474
Line was too long and didn’t move fast enough, so we gave up and moved on

Westphalia

106 E. Main Street
Westphalia, MO 65085
Sweet Success – A red wine. Meh, kind of viney. It is sweet for a wine made from Nortons but not sweet overall
Sweet Riesling – A white wine. Meh, sweet but viney.
Naughty but Nice Chocolate – it actually tastes like chocolate. My favorite.

Tipple Hill Winery

10510 SE Hwy 36
Easton, MO 64443
Black Cherry – semi-sweet red thats actually sweet, tastes just like black cherry
Raspberry – also sweet, just like raspberry
Riesling – it’s ok, it’s a Riesling
Green Apple – very unique, doesn’t taste exactly like green apple but I like it. I later got a whole glass of it because it’s very refreshing
Sangria – made from the Black Cherry and Raspberry wines. They kept running out of it so I didn’t get to try it but I’m sure it was good

St. James Winery

540 State Route B
St. James, MO 65559
Pioneer White – meh, I am not accustomed to St. James wines being dry
Pioneer Red – meh. Medium-bodied red but not to my taste
Estate Norton – full-bodied red. It does taste really different from the Pioneer but I didn’t care for it either
Moscato – tastes real sweet
New cider – I forgot what it was called but it’s really dry for a cider. If you like Woodchuck Cider you would like it
Strawberry – made of 100% strawberries, very sweet
Blackberry – their best seller, very sweet

Lindwedl Winery

3158 MO 265
Branson, MO 65616
Table Rock White – very sweet, nice flavor although my companion thought it was viney
Table Rock Red – a little viney but sweet, medium-bodied refreshing. Named for the Table Rock Lake, of course.

S.D. Strong Distillery

8500 NW River Park Dr #136a
Parkville, MO 64152
I didn’t try any of their products (vodka, whisky, gin) but my husband liked their gin

Casa De Loco Winery

442 Riverbird Ln
Camdenton, MO 65020
Manic Malvasia – honey and allspice but meh, too crisp
Casa Blush – pink Catawba, sweeter but too acidic
Bipolar – their best seller, but I didn’t care for it. A blend of St. vincent and Pinot Noir
Casa Cooler – Nice and light. Pink. Appropriately sweet.
Applesauced – an apple moonshine very cinnamony 44 proof
Comin’ In Hott – inspired by the country singer Carissa Biele, it’s a cinnamon moonshine, also 44 proof. Nice cinnamon flavor
Bella Dolce – blend of California muscat and moscato very sweet but tart.

Top Hat Winery

120 S Main St
Independence, MO 64050
Soulmates – smells just like Concord grape jelly, aftertaste isn’t as nice
Incognito – much sweeter, like honeysuckle and cotton candy
Triple Threat – a blend of blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry. Really smells like blackberry

Baltimore Bend Winery

27150 US 24
Waverly, MO 64096
Vidal Blanc – meh
Last Minute – semi-sweet red, smells oaky, but it’s aged in stainless steel. Sold at Hyvee on 23rd (in Kansas City)
Joli Vin – a blush, very tart
Arrowhead Red – a sweet red Concord, had the characteristic grape jelly taste

KC Wineworks

1829 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Traminette – it’s ok
Crossroads – a blend of White Vignoles and Vidal Blanc. Named for the Crossroads District of Kansas City where they are located. A little too dry for me.
Chambourcin Rose – not as good as Traminette, my husband thought it was too viney.
There was also an interesting class about how to make your own wines using a kit. The class was really a sales pitch for the kit. You can buy all of the equipment for less than the cost of the kit if you do your own research to figure out what equipment you need. If you didn’t want to spend the time doing that or felt like you needed some extra hand-holding, the kit would probably be a good way to start. We don’t want to make our own wines because that would ruin the fun of traveling to wineries, so it’s a moot point.
Also, I really want to visit Tipple Hill in person since I like their fruit wines so much. They are near St. Joseph, which is about 1 hour north of Kansas City.
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