The first pairing was the Vignoles wine with a blackberry and lemon cupcake. The Vignoles is a semi-sweet white wine with notes of pineapple and citrus. It is made using a French-American hybrid grape. According to the event host, Southern Illinois has a very similar climate to parts of France, so French grapes do well there.
We were instructed to swirl the wine, smell, and then sip it to get the flavor notes. The very first flavor that hit me was the pineapple. It was a very bright flavor, very crisp, and fairly sweet. I said I was not a sweet wine person, but this particular wine was very tasty. In fact, this VIgnoles won a Governor’s Cup award last year. This is kind of a big deal because there are quite a few wines that get tasted at this event, and out of all of those wines this one was chosen.