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Wine and Craft Beer Garden

The Decatur Celebration Wine and Craft Beer Garden is at William and Water Streets. 

Visitors to the Wine and Craft Beer Garden at William and Water Streets have a chance to taste two wines that won statewide recognition as Illinois Bicentennial Rosé Wines. 

Kite Hill Vineyards in Carbondale and West of Wise Winery in Petersburg were among 16 wineries across the state chosen for the honor. It's part of a year-long celebration of the state's 200th birthday, which is Dec. 3. 

Kite Hill owner Barbara Bush said Chambourcin grapes are used in the vineyard's rosé. “It is a hybrid grape,” she said. “In Southern Illinois, it grows extremely well.”

Darrell Simmermaker, owner of West of Wise Winery, believes he is good company among the Bicentennial Rosé winners. “It is a nice recognition,” he said.

He added an Abraham Lincoln hat to the label, although he didn’t know his wine would be selected for the award.

“Every winery was allowed to submit their rosé,” Simmermaker said. “But this is a great honor. We may not have made enough.”

The two businesses are among seven wineries and six breweries serving at the Wine and Craft Beer Garden, which will be open from noon to 8 p.m. today (Sunday). Tickets are $1 apiece or 12 for $10. 


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Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR

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