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Making Great Wine In The Great Plains

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Luke X. Martin
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Holy-Field includes about 17 acres of wine grapes, co-owner Michelle Meyer tells Steve Kraske. "Most of the vineyards in Missouri and Kansas are growing French hybrids because [of] their cold hardiness and they're conducive to our climate."

It's Friday and we're celebrating the end of the work week with a nice glass of wine and a live broadcast from Holy-Field Winery in Basehor, Kansas. Today, we speak with master sommelier Doug Frost and three vintners from Missouri and Kansas about what it takes to grow great grapes and make marvelous wine in the Midwest. It's not as easy as you might think!

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L-R: Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery's Chambourcin, Late Harvest Vignoles, Valvin Muscat

The wine we sampled during the broadcast includes:

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