LaCross, vignoles and Edelweiss
make up this region's hardy fare,
their vines survive the cold and ice;
the green returns to branches bare
when warmth does reappear.
To taste Nebraska's tepid wine
reminds of semi-dry terrain,
for certain crops, the climate's fine,
but only grapes that stand the strain
are cultivated here.
When harvest in September comes
varieties are crushed and strained,
and most are stored in steel drums
while waiting for the vintner, trained
to know when peaking's near.
While Midwest wine is rarely dry,
and never rivals chardonnay,
it hints of fruit, of cherry pie,
and can be reveled every day
a cure for life austere.
Jack has published over 350 poems in his career, many accompanied by his own photography. He specializes in a view of the commonplace and Americana.