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Soaring Wings Vineyard

17111 S. 138th St.
Springfield  Nebraska  68059
United States
(402) 253-2479
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Midwest Living Review

Lisa Meyers McClintick
A bucolic setting, Friday night music in the outdoor gazebo and year-round acoustic concerts on Sundays draw wine lovers to this lovely spot just south of Omaha.

Owner and chief winemaker Jim Shaw can now laugh about his mom busting him for brewing mulberry wine at age 13. “I was bootlegging wine as a kid,” he says. These days, he runs the vineyard he and his wife, Sharon, opened in 2003 about 20 miles south of Omaha. Soaring Wings—inspired by Jim’s career as a military and commercial air pilot—encompasses 30 acres of grapevines that slope from the tasting room and flank a hillside gazebo.

Jim reconnects with his other passion—music—by bringing in bands Friday nights for seasonal outdoor concerts and acoustic music Sundays year-round. Those are ideal times to sample Soaring Wing’s nearly 20 wines. Their most popular white wine, a semisweet Winter White with a slight pineapple taste, uses LaCrosse grapes and is comparable to a Riesling. The most popular red, Dragon’s Red, features a full berry taste from cold-hardy Frontenac grapes and has won awards.

All their wines feature a Nebraska grape. Tastes range from dry to sweet, but the region is best-known for semisweet whites. We like the Traminette, with its applelike crisp flavor that seems lighter and slightly sweeter than a Chardonnay. We also love the rich fragrance of Red Phoenix, a semidry red with a nice cherry finish and a balanced, satisfying taste. The biggest splurge, Cap’N Jim’s AirPort One, has a sweet, rich, hint-of-cherry finish for a punchy alternative to dessert.

Last year, Soaring Wings began brewing beer, with eight selections that include ales and lagers, a pilsner and stout. Try the White Stripe Wit, a summery Belgian style with hints of orange peel and coriander that's best served cold. For something sturdier, try the Blackbird stout, served coffee dark with a good lingering taste. Beer tastings are $6 for five samples, $6 for a refillable growler; wine is $6 for a tasting; $5 for a glass. Bread, crackers, cheese and sausage also are available. Check for cover charges during concerts and festivals.

Visited: 
September 16, 2012

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