Round Barn Estate in Baroda, Michigan began in 1997, when the Moersch family discovered a 1912 round barn in northern Indiana (photo #3, below), and envisioned it as a place to enter thirsty and leave happy.
Today, the building is Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery: a lovely home to the family’s handcrafted wines, spirits and beers.
And what a contribution to the community: great drink, entertainment, beautiful grounds and event space.
Today, our buzz is about the three cream liqueurs: Black Walnut Cream Liqueur, Mint Chocolate Cream and Salted Caramel Cream.
We’re in love with Mint Chocolate, and the others are no slouches, either.
Served it after dessert and/or coffee, or when you need a chocolate fix.
*The everyday walnuts we consume in the U.S. are called English walnuts, from the taxonomic family Juglandaceae. Often called the ‘walnut family,’ it has 10 genuses and 50 species, which include the commercially important nut-producing walnut, pecan and hickory trees. The English/Persian walnut, Juglans regia, is one of the major nut crops of the world.
The English walnut originally was called the Persian walnut, and was thought to have grown in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (it is mentioned in the Code of Hammurabi). Through selective breeding, the Greeks enlarged the Persian walnut to the size of the walnuts we eat today.
Over the years, the Persian walnut became English walnut after the English merchants who introduced the nuts across the globe. In the U.S. in the 18th century, Franciscan monks began growing English walnuts in what was then called Alta California. To create confusion, the English walnuts grown there were called California or Mission walnuts [source].
The Eastern American Black Walnut, as it is formally known, is the genus/species Juglans nigra.
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