Hot days and cool nights are perfect conditions for the Yakima Valley's award winning wine grape crop now growing and maturing on the vine.   Speaking of vines, we are still 3 months short of autumn, so the fall covered leaves, crisp cool air, the frightening images of Halloween and the aromatic smell of pumpkins are not exactly top of mind just yet -but- it's never too soon for...pumpkin wine?  Heads up Washington grape growers, those fruity little grapes of yours have some serious sized competition!

OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration but pumpkin wine IS a thing.  Wisconsin's Three Lakes Winery is selling a reasonably-priced pumpkin wine year round. In a Facebook post, the winery writes, " With similar qualities of traditional Chardonnay, this smooth, semi-sweet wine is a surprising crowd pleaser."

Three Lakes Winery claims to be the first to perfect making wine from pie pumpkins. So maybe try a glass, while we wait for the real stuff, the good stuff to barrel age in Yakima!  (Delish)