After Capri Sun began creepily transforming people into amorphous metallic globules, wine rose to prominence, offering a similarly complex flavor profile without the threat of spontaneous melting. Celebrate wine, or "nature's Capri Sun," with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get two admissions to the Silver Hills Vineyards & Winery Back to the Country Wine and Music Festival (a $30 value). The event takes place on Saturday, June 25 beginning at 10 a.m.
Silver Hills Vineyards & Winery sprawls across four fruitful acres, playing host to grape-strewn fields and 160 apple trees as well as a number of events celebrating the juice of the gods. Upon entering the festival, grab hold of a complimentary wine glass and corkscrew (as long as supplies last), great for remembering the festivities and creating an eerie, humming soundtrack for ghost stories. Turn on all 10 billion taste buds to fully experience the numerous wine varieties from Silver Hills and available snacks.
The event will also feature local artist Ed Thomas demonstrating ice sculpting and three bands playing live music. Swampboy Blues Band will coax toes into tapping at 11 a.m. before handing the stage over to Fever and the Funkhouse at 2:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., Son of 76 & The Watchmen wrap up the day's tune-fueled carousal. While on the vineyard, witness the sight of the ethereal alpaca, a cute camelid creature resembling a llama that has been bred with a poodle, giraffe, and celebrity werewolf. Bottles of wine are also available to purchase in order to savor the flavor after the festival is over.
Silver Hills Vineyards & Winery
In 2000, a group of farmers decided to diversify their crop production by planting twirling wine grapes into the rolling Midwestern hills. The initial smattering of vines quickly grew into a 4-acre vineyard and led to the launch of Silver Hills Vineyards & Winery, a small operation intent on crafting 100% Nebraska wines. The vintners’ Midwestern pride can be seen in their choice of ingredients—all wines are made with fruit grown at local vineyards and tattooed with the state motto—as well as their choice of decor: the outdoor tasting deck is shaped like Nebraska.
Silver Hills produces red, white, rosé, and berry wines, which visitors can sample during the vineyards’ limited hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Bottle labels display woodcuts by John Schirmer, a resident of neighboring Iowa who has carved wood professionally for more than 35 years.