Being from Ohio and traveling extensively through the many wine regions in Michigan I thought that the wine in North Dakota might be a little similar since it is North and they have cold winters. What I found out is that North Dakota really is not a grape growing region because their winters are so harsh. When I say harsh I am talking about -30 degrees! What they do have in North Dakota is many indigenous berries that I am betting you have never heard of.
One of the popular berries used to make wine North Dakota is Chokecherry. This plant is native to most of North America except for the extreme south east. They are very acidic and have a sour taste hence the name chokecherry. You also need to be careful on what you eat on the chokecherry because it can be very toxic. That last statement makes you want to try it doesn't it? Well you should and you won't die it has a great flavor not very sweet. Honestly, I thought it tasted like a great red table wine. I would ever known it was not a grape.
|Aronia berries also known as Chokeberries|
|Rhubarb Raspberry Wine With Bruce The Winemaker|
|Riding along with this wonderful women farmer|
The people in North Dakota are very gracious and I absolutely loved Bruce and his family it reminded me a lot of my little hometown where everybody knows everyone.
Thank you to Bruce at Dakota Sun Gardens for your wonderful hospitality.