Saturday, August 26th 7-8:30pm

Join Denise DePaolo and coauthor, sommelier Kara Sweet as they discuss their book South Dakota Wine: A Fruitful History. A young commercial wine industry notwithstanding, winemaking traditions run deep in the Mount Rushmore State. Sodbusting pioneers like Anna Pesä and Jon Vojta defied South Dakota’s harsh terrain and paved the way for Prairie Berry Winery. University biologists, including Dr. Ronald Peterson, cultivated the unique grapes needed for the climate, like the Valiant, Marquette, Brianna and Frontenac grapes. Despite subzero winters and torrid summers, strawberries, buffaloberries and rhubarb have grown on both sides of the Missouri River. Since the 1996 Farm Winery Bill passed, the state welcomed thirty vintners, including Strawbale Winery, Wilde Prairie Winery and Belle Joli’ Winery. Denise DePaolo and Kara Sweet explore the heritage behind winemaking from the harvests of the prairie.

Denise and Kara will discuss the history of wine in South Dakota and read passages from the book. You can taste terrific South Dakota wines and purchase a signed copy of the book. This event is free and located at our REACH a Reader bookstore.  101 N Minnesota Ave. (lower level of Canfield Interiors)

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