Virginia Wine Fest at Bull Run
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The 41st annual Virginia Wine Fest takes place this weekend, 17 and 18 September 2016, in Bull Run Regional Park, Fairfax, Virginia.
Participating wineries range from AmRhein Wine Cellares to Williamsburg Winery.
New this year: Virginia’s Oyster …

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Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery

Submitted by on November 12, 2010 – 6:52 pmNo Comment

Did you know that each bottle of mead contains the nectar of two million flowers? That means ten or twenty million seeds were pollinated by those busy bees. Mead, therefore, is evidence that the cycle of plant life has been renewed!

Mead, of course, is wine produced from honey (it might be news to some city slickers, but bees produce honey from flower nectar). Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery was Chicago’s first winery and is the only Illinois meadery on the Northern Illinois Wine Trail. You’ll find it at 10033 South Western Avenue in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood.

They use local honeys, grapes and other fruits in both the traditional and contemporary styles of meads. Their bees roam not only the Illinois prairies and Lake Michigan sand dunes, but the meadery maintains hives in the City of Chicago where industry has left and nature has reclaimed vacant lots and parking areas with wild flowers.

The wines are made by Greg Fischer, who grew up raising honeybees and making wine in New Paltz New York. Greg, who opened Wild Blossom in 2000, tends to his 80 hives and also teaches wine and beer-making classes at Beverage Art.

What to try? How about Wild Blossom Raspberry Peach — a honey mead with fermented raspberries and peaches. Or maybe a bottle of Wild Blossom Chocolate Honey Buzz. Or Wild Blossom Cran-Nectar (the perfect Thanksgiving choice? it’s made with Wisconsin cranberries!).

For more information on visiting Chicago’s Southland, go online.

(Photo courtesy of Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery)

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