29725 Somerset Road | Somerset, Kansas
This summer, a surprisingly divine wine came from grapes grown on stony limestone hills south of the metro, in way-west-of-Europe Miami County. Aphrodite, the dry rosé from the Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery, offered an elegant balance of acidity and sweetness, with a tart nose and a gentle, summer-pears-and-melons finish. No, ma'am, this wasn't your typical pink wine. Our dude friends called it "a cross between pinot noir and a savignon blanc." Our lady friends said something like, and we're paraphrasing, "This makes us feel like a goddess on our own deck or porch." At $13 a bottle, Aphrodite was probably something between those descriptions, but we know homegrown luxury when we taste it, and we'll remember this stuff all winter.