Hemman Winery in Brazeau

Hemman Winery 10-26-2014The banquet tables at the Immigration Conference were set with bottles of Hemman Winery cranberry wine.

[My presentation went well, thanks for asking. The audience looked at the videos I had produced of The Last Generation of German speakers, laughed where appropriate and had eyes glistening with moisture where appropriate. It’s always a rush to watch folks enjoying something you produced.]

Mother and Wife Lila accompanied me to the banquet after enjoying some great music in the museum. Lila likes a good wine, unlike me, who has never found a good replacement for the bottles of Ripple we OU Post photographers kept stashed in old photo paper boxes in the fridge. I mean, who is going to open a box marked “Open in darkroom only?”]

She thought the cranberry wine was good enough that she wanted to go to the winery in Brazeau, just up the road from Frohna’s Saxon Lutheran Memorial and not too far from Seventy-Six. Class of ’66 buddy Jane Rudert McMahan was in town, so the four of us headed north, with a stopover at the Altenburg museum.

Bonnie did the pouring

Hemman Winery 10-26-2014Bonnie Hemman had a full array of wines set up for tasting.She did a great job explaining each wine and how it was made.

Before we got out of the place, Lila had picked up a case of mostly fruit wines that may show up as Christmas gifts for some lucky people.

The place also had a spinach – artichoke dip that was excellent. I suspect Bonnie may see us again when Curator Jessica hits town next week. It seems like every other email I get from her has a wine mention in it, so I gather she is fond of the grape (or the cranberry or blackberry or rhubarb).

Lots of eye candy

Hemman Winery 10-26-2014While you are waiting for your turn to taste, you can wander around looking at the antique items displayed on shelves around the room. We didn’t discover the outdoor seating area with music until we were out in the parking lot headed home (almost).

I’ve been having some battery problems lately, and needed a jump. A couple of guys pushed my van out to the middle of the parking lot where my jumper cables could reach a jeep one of them pulled up. When it when it finally cranked, I tried to give them some money, but they refused to take it. I offered to buy them a bottle of wine, but they refused it. I told them to take the money inside and buy somebody ELSE a bottle of wine or a couple of beers, but they refused that, too. Perry County has some nice folks in it, for sure.

Barber chair older than mine

Hemman Winery 10-26-2014The building housing the winery used to have a barber shop attached. The barber chair might be just a few years older than the one we have in our living room, based on the arms and color.

Sweeter than cranberry wine

Hemman Winery 10-26-2014While Mother was checking out the music action on the north side of the winery, I was scoping out the view to the south. That’s sweeter than the cranberry wine.

For more information, including wine varieties, hours and directions, go to the Hemman Winery website. If you stop by, tell ’em we sent you. Say hi to Bonnie for us. And, you won’t find a better place to have a dead battery.

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6 Replies to “Hemman Winery in Brazeau”

  1. Brazeau? Where is that? Another adventure I need to add to my list of things to do when in Missouri! Now I am going to Google earth to check it out! Cranberry wine…mmmm….sounds good!

  2. The “open in darkroom only” commentary killed me. The “don’t give us any money to jumpstart you” bit made my smile

  3. How ironic…I was just at the Hemmen Winery on Sunday afternoon on my way through. I wanted to pick up some of the cranberry, but they were out of it on the shelf and had to label up some bottles. It only took a jiffy and I was on my way again. The Hemmens are really nice friendly folks. I’ve been there a few times now.

    Ken, I really enjoy your blog and read it most every day. I took one of the back roads that you wrote about previously (CR 535 I think) that goes past the High Hill Church. Came out at Trail of Tears SP and camped there. Thanks for documenting all of these out-of-the-way places and history around Cape, some of which I knew about and some that I didn’t.

  4. My first trip to Brazeau was back in the ’70s when a friend of ours married a man from there. They had a boy child that seemed to enjoy crawling on all fours and bumping his head into the walls. It was odd to sit and visit while watching the child wander around the room and bouncing his head off of one wall and then another and not feeling brave enough to ask if there was something wrong with him or maybe the parents. Route C is a favorite curvy motorcycle ride. Talk to me before you go again and I’ll clue you in to treat in that area.

  5. Brazeau Baby Syndrome…. That would splain a lot about a few of our friends Dickie. (IE: Justus Vogal or MagnamPU Hopkins) Perhaps we shouldn’t be so hard on them???

    Did anyone think to video Dr. Steinfeld’s Altenburg presentation? We could feature it at the next 66 Lunch Bunch and REALLY beef up attendance.

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