If you’d like to try an appealing wine, made right here in Chico, then look for HoneyRun Berry Honeywine. These wines are made with no grapes, simply juiced berries and honey. They are certified kosher, and best of all, each one is made without any sulfites or preservatives.
With varieties like Blackberry, Cherry, Elderberry, and Cranberry, they are wonderful-tasting, accessible, and fruity. The Dry Mead has been growing in familiarity and popularity in the last four years.
In 1992 John and Amy Hasle introduced their medium sweet Blackberry Honeywine to three stores and two restaurants. This made them the second winery in Chico proper. By the time they had outgrown the revamped garage and the ¼ acre berry patch in Butte Creek Canyon, the Honeywine offerings included Cherry, Cranberry, and Elderberry. A few years later, customers convinced them to add a classic dry style Mead – a wine made from fermenting just honey. Newest on the list: a drier style of Elderberry and Hot Pepper Honeywine.
In 1996 they moved the winery to its current address at 2309 Park Ave, south of downtown. Winemaker Amy, her assistant, and John have won numerous awards, and now produce about 4,500 yummy cases a year.
HoneyRun Wine is available in many local stores (other than “warehouses”) in the Chico and Paradise area; in natural food stores in CA, WA, NY, NJ, OH, MI, FL,; and online in several more States at honeyrun.com. Or stop by the sales room most weekdays from 9-4. Give them a taste, and see why they are celebrating more than 20 years of winemaking in Chico.