Last year's Vignoles (pronounced vee-knoll
) grapes have been harvested and are ready for release at Platte City's Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery (16905 Jowler Creek Road, 816-858-5528). "The hot, dry summer resulted in highly concentrated flavor in this year's grapes," says Colleen Gerke, Jowler Creek co-owner. Those flavors — peach, strawberry, apricot, pineapple and honey — produce a vino that pairs well with ice in a plastic cup, kung pao chicken or pulled pork sliders. Try it today and tomorrow at the 2013 Vignoles Release party
, where Colleen and her husband, Jason, pour samples and sell bottles for $14.99 (with discounts on half and whole cases). The winery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations are required. See jowlercreek.com
for more info.