Last weekend we went camping at Pawnee Lake, a beautiful state recreation area about an hour west of Omaha. Despite the closed roads due to flooding, our friends Karen and Larry made the trip up to join us.
Saturday we visited three wineries in the area. Our first stop was Deer Springs Winery, just outside of Lincoln. We tasted four whites and one red. We really enjoyed the Bianca. Biana is a cold hardy Vitis Vinifera cross developed in Hungary, where it is also known as Bianka or Ergi Csillagok. From Deer Creek we traveled to Raymond, the home of James Arthur, Nebraska's largest winery. We tasted six wines, I think it was four whites and two reds. We did enjoy the Nebraska White and the Nebraska Red, how original?! My favorite part of the visit to James Arthur was their wine cupcakes, a Red Velvet infused with the Nebraska Red. Our winery of the day was Windcrest, just down the road from James Arthur. Unlike James Arthur where the tasting room was crowded and somewhat commercial, we were greeted by the wine maker. He shared his thoughts on the flavor profiles and production of his wines. Our favorite was a wine that actually didn't contain any grapes. The wine was made from cherries and there's only one word to describe it, YUMMY!!!
After a fun day, we headed back to the campground. There were clouds in the area and we were hoping to get dinner in before the rain began. No such luck, we grilled between thunderstorms. Parts of Lincoln received heavy rain and 60 mile per hour winds. The rain kept us inside the camper and set up for an encore game of Farkle!
Despite the rain, we had a wonderful weekend with good friends!!!