Blue Suede Shoes


When Ralph, our winemaker’s dad, was going to college in the 1950s in Brookings, S.D., he had a pair of blue suede shoes. He called them his shaggy dogs because the suede was so long he had to comb it.


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Product Description

This Prairie Berry Winery favorite offers notes of ripe blackberries upfront with notes of cocoa powder in the mid-palate. It finishes with berry notes, a hint of lemon, and some drying acidity.

  • Fruit type: Blueberries
  • Grape type: Blaufränkisch and Zinfandel
  • Sweetness: Semi-sweet
  • Serving: Lightly chilled (44-46 degrees)
  • Compare to: It’s one-of-a-kind


What to expect


See: Deep amethyst in color with magenta highlights



Sniff: Rich, luxurious aromas of crushed blueberries, raspberry jam, blackberries, and vanilla bean



Sip: Ripe blackberries upfront with notes of cocoa powder mid-palate. Finishes with blueberry and raspberry flavors and a hint of lemon peel.



Savor: Some drying acidity with fresh, lingering blackberry-lemon.



6 reviews for Blue Suede Shoes

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Well, darnit, a friend introduced me to Blue Suede Shoes and I guess I am now a wine drinker. I have tried lots of wines and this honestly is the first wine that I liked from the git-go, where the top half of the glass tasted as good as the bottom.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    This wine quickly became a favorite for both my husband and I. We pair this with grilled pork medallions in the Ol’ West BBQ sauce, or grilled rib eyes with my very own “Mama Dani’s Sweet and Sassy Rub”, which contains brown sugar, garlic, and cayenne (in addition to a bunch of other “nunya” ingredients). The sweetness and spice in the rub is a great complement to the sweetness of the wine. Of course, it’s just as good sipped slowly on its own!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Johnna wilkes

    This is truly a favorite of mine. I am so glad we stopped during a short trip through the Black Hills. I rave about it to friends and hope to get more soon.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bernadette Mollica

    5 star wine with a great taste from start to finish. My friend from High School helped me with our 40 yr. class Reunion, we have become good
    friends and I taught her how to make Eggplant LaSagna. She bought me this Blue Sued shoes wine for Christmas. I love it and my family all
    loves it too. They said have her get you 4 bottles of this next time she is in So. Dakota. She has a Home by the Winery. I just love your wines
    and I will probably try all of them someday. Qudos too your Winery.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Love this wine! Took a wine tasting tour while on vacation and absolutely loved it! Once we finished our bottle at home, I kept it to ensure I could find it again. There is nothing like finding a great wine, but not remembering the name or where you purchased it. Both my husband and I both love it, most often that doesn’t happen, I like sweet and he does not, so this is a perfect blend. Thank Prairie Berry winery!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shelly Craig

    Love this wine, my only complaint is that you don’t make enough of it!

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Cheese Pairing: Plain goat cheese, goat cheese topped with Prairie Berry Made Black Currant Jam, lemon goat cheese

Food Suggestions:
At home: Crispy duck breast; rack of lamb; barbecue with a spicy, smoky dry-rub; lemon torte; dark chocolate brownie
From our kitchen: Cheese board, prosciutto & fig open-face sandwich, spring mix salad with honey balsamic


  1. 2016, Silver Medal, Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
  2. 2015, Silver Medal, Indy International Wine Competition
  3. 2015, Silver Medal, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
  4. 2015, Silver Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  5. 2014, Gold Medal, Indy International Wine Competition
  6. 2014, Silver Medal, Tasters Guild Consumer Wine Competition
  7. 2013, Gold Medal, Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
  8. 2013, Gold Medal, Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
  9. 2013, Silver Medal, Indy International Wine Competition
  10. 2013, Silver Medal, Mid-American Wine Competition
  11. 2012, Gold Medal, Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition
  12. 2012, Gold Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition
  13. 2012, Silver Medal, Mid-American Wine Competition
  14. 2012, Bronze Medal, Indy International Wine Competition
  15. 2011, Best of Class, Indy International Wine Competition
  16. 2011, Best of Class, International Eastern Wine Competition
  17. 2011, Best Off-Dry Red, Mid-American Wine Competition
  18. 2011, Double Gold Medal, Indy International Wine Competition
  19. 2011, Double Gold Medal, International Eastern Wine Competition
  20. 2011, Gold Medal, Mid-American Wine Competition
  21. 2011, Silver Medal, Lone Star International Wine Competition
  22. 2011, Silver Medal, Tasters Guild International Wine Competition

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