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           Dallas Morning News Wine Competition

Smoky Hill has received notice of the results of the 2008 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition.  Widely respected in the wine industry, this competition had over 3500 entries from the US, Australia, Italy, France and Spain.  California had the largest number of domestic entries, winning over one thousand we know the competition was stiff!  And now, we are pleased to announce Smoky Hill placed two out of four wines submitted for competition. The Red Raspberry, a long-time Smoky Hill favorite and frequent people's choice award, received a Bronze medal, and Sweet Lady placed in the top 24% of all awards, taking a Silver.


        Silver Medalists!

    River Valley Red - Sweet Lady - 2006 Norton

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April 21, 2008 is the official release date for the 2006 Dry Vignoles, a single barrel, special edition wine.

Crisp and smooth with delicate apricot and pear flavors and a long, creamy finish. A single barrel release, there will be 350 or fewer bottles. Dry Vignoles is $24.95 and is available only at each of our three locations. The label, featuring the vineyard on a foggy day, was created by the winemaker. 

It is a fabulous dry white crafted from the Vignoles grape.  Read more about the grape here.

The sun rises on the new Prairie Sunset
1 Chronicles 29:11: Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

Prairie Sunset is a long-time favorite with Smoky Hill fans...and it arrives this spring with a new look! This new look takes advantage of the exquisite color of the wine. The image of these newly weds was captured on the winery grounds by Salina photographer, Carol Roker.

Sunsets over the prairie of central Kansas are often breathtaking in their splendor. It is this majestic beauty that provides the inspiration for this wine. Finished with just the right amount of sweetness to balance the fruitís natural acids and provide a cool finish on the palate, Prairie Sunset is a versatile wine, enjoyed by those who prefer sweet or dry, and pairs with a wide variety of foods.

Welcome back Spaghetti VINO!

A long time favorite wine of Smoky Hill customers is making a comeback after a long absence from the shelves....and it is back with a new name and a new look!  Welcome, Pasta Vino!  The label was created by Salina graphic artist and designer, Michael Gutierrez, of Michael Design, LLC.   

Another old friend with a new look: Heartland Sonata

You can still look for the cobalt blue bottle, and it will still contain that lovely, subtle wine you've come to love! But no longer will you have to trip over the name, as "Heartland Sonata" rolls off your tongue. Heartland Sonata, formerly bottled as Premium Spatlese. We're certain you'll love it even more!  The label was created by artist Christina Mitchell.

Barrel Eight-One-Five: The Legacy
Smoky Hill Vineyards & Winery's Simply Red Vintage 2004 took home honors from the Kansas State Fair as the Best Red Wine in September.  Long a favorite of Smoky Hill customers, Simply Red is promoted as a versatile wine...not too sweet and not too dry, making it a perfect transitional wine when Czech Red and River Valley Red seem too sweet. With subtle hints of fruit in the nose and light tannins, Simply Red has a semi-dry finish to balance the acid and tannins in the fruit. Served at room temperature or chilled, it is a favorite at our winemaker dinners, or on your dinner table with steaks or hamburgers....or try it with thick, center cut pork chops with a delicate char from the grill.


Taking home the prize for Best Over-All Wine was the 2004 Vintage Premium Auslese. Characterized as much by the purity of color as it is poured from the slender tall bottle, as it is the delicate aroma of tropical fruit,  Premium Auslese is the perfect accompaniment with poultry or delicate salmon, deliciously refreshing with fresh fruit or a salad. Light to medium-bodied, it will compare favorably with a fine German style sweet Reisling, but features a blend of Vignoles, Vidal, Gewurztraminer and Traminette. 


2007 Christmas Wine
2006 Christmas Wine

2005 Christmas Wine

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