Black Hawk was a famous leader and warrior of the Sauk American Indian Tribe. His fame came from leading war parties and the "Black Hawk war of 1832" which was named after him. Black Hawk is one of the most famous Native Americans and has several local ties. His first documented fight against US forces was at the newly constructed Fort Madison in Iowa. His chief rival in his tribe was Keokuk, whom Keokuk, Iowa, was named after. Black Hawk died in 1838 in Southeast Iowa.
During construction of Lake Hill Winery in the summer of 2011, 4 domestic ducks mysteriously showed up on the winery property. One of the ducks was crested, which is a genetic mutation causing a deformity in the skull and thus the "crest" (or hat as we referred to it) on the top of the head. The ducks spend all summer at the winery and almost never leave the property.
Horse Lick was the original name of a town in Northeast Hancock County. In 1835, the name was changed to Fountain Green because of a free-flowing spring at the edge of town. This area was known as Lincoln country because of the Mordecai Lincoln family which had located there. Mordecai Lincoln was an uncle to the future president, Abraham Lincoln. Many of the Lincolns are buried in a cemetery just East of Fountain Green, known as the Lincoln Cemetery.
The battle of 1812 against the British was very significant for the tri-state area. The only battle fought west of the Mississippi River was fought right here at Fort Madison, IA. Also, Hancock County in its entirety was part of the Illinois Military Tract of 1812, which consisted of over 5 million acres. Soldiers were given 160 acre tracts for their service. Many soldiers, being from different parts of the country, chose not to relocate their families and sold their warrants to speculators.
This dry red wine has been aged in 100% American Oak Barrels. The oak flavor is apparent, but you may also pick up hints of vanilla & plum. The grapes used in this are locally grown in Colusa, IL.
A sweet and fruity red wine with a twist. Just a touch of natural chocolate and strawberry flavor makes this wine a dessert all in itself. This wine is made from 100% Illinois grapes.
The Chardonel grape is a hybrid of the Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc grapes. It has smooth mouth feel and you may detect notes of vanilla with a citrus finish.
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