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The Legend of Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin Wine


(New Marlborough, Massachusetts) – Nestled in the South Western portion of Massachusetts, the Berkshires is home to Les Trois Emme Winery.

Les Trois Emme Winery is owned and operated by Mary Jane and Wayne Eline. The winery name, “Les Trois Emme,” means “The Three M’s” and is named after the first three granddaughters: Megan, Madison, and Mary Katherine.

But their biggest success story revolves around their Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin wine.

Les Trois Emme started producing Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin wine because they were looking to get some attention from the wine world.

“When you make great wines in a small winery from Massachusetts no one pays any attention,” Wayne Eline says.

So his one son told him that they needed to make Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin wine.

“I told him he was crazy but we went ahead and did it.  That was in 2005,” Eline says.

Immediately after producing their first product, an attorney, who was tasting it at the time, told them they needed to get it Trade Marked.  The process bagen immediately that year.

Now Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin has really taken off.  Les Trois Emme winery produced a little over 6800 cases this year and the projection is for much more in the near future.

Les Trois Emme Winery currently sells  Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin wine all year long.  Obviously, the best time is from August through the middle of December.  They promote Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin wine as a dinner wine which it truly is.  They recommend pairing it with white meats and creamed soups to truly bring out the wine’s flavors.

Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin wine is sold in over 300 stores in Massachusetts and 130 stores in Connecticut but their goal is to be in all of the New England stores and in the state of New York.  Afterthat, who knows. Maybe the world.

The Myth of Stingy Jack (An ancient Irish myth):

A man fooled the devil, not once but twice. Renowned for his cheapness, “Stingy Jack” invited the devil to have a drink. Concocting a plan to cheat the bartender, Jack convinced the devil to turn himself into a coin to pay. The devil agreed. Instead of paying, Jack put the coin into his pocket next to a silver cross that would prevent the devil from reverting to his original form.

Eventually, Jack freed the devil on the agreement that he could not claim Jack’s soul. Upon Jack’s death, God would not allow Jack’s soul into heaven. Likewise, the devil, upset by Jack’s tricks wouldn’t let him into hell either. The devil gave Jack a burning coal for light and sent him in to the night. Jack, as resourceful in spirit as in life, placed the coal in a turnip and has wandered the earth since. The ghost of Stingy Jack is known as “Jack of the Lantern” or simply “Jack O’Lantern.”

Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin wine is currently retailed at $11.99 to $14.99.

Visit www.ltewinery.com to order your bottle today.

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    Theresa Dillon

     
    Theresa Dillon
    Theresa Dillon earned her bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. In her spare time she enjoys reading, attending concerts, weekly trivia nights, watching movies (especially her favorite The Wizard of Oz), and of course wine.