Thursday, September 17, 2015

Vintage Illinois Wine Fest

by Ryan Anderes

I first attended the Vintage Illinois Wine Festival several years ago, and it is hands down one of our area's nicest festivals. Many of the wineries do not offer your standard varietals, so trying out new ones and discovering which you really enjoy is a large part of the fun.

The festival will take place this weekend - Saturday & Sunday the 19th & 20th - at Matthiessen State Park, Vermillion River Entrance. The festival will open to the public on Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday from 12 to 5pm.

There will be almost 30 winery participants at this event from all over Illinois. You can expect a wide range of selected red and white wines to sample (or purchase by the glass or bottle). The entry fee of $25 at the door gets you a souvenir wine glass and 5 tasting tickets.

If you are worried about tasting all the wines and how you will get home, bring a designated driver. Designated drivers can get into the event for $5 each and will receive a special wrist band with 2 complimentary alternative drink tickets.

There will also be musical entertainment provided by local artists including:

  • Written Warning
  • Whiskey Romance Band
  • Lisa Rene Band
  • The Sally Weisenburg Band
  • Lizzi Neal Band

The Vintage Illinois Wine Festival is a great event where you can enjoy and support Illinois wineries and businesses. I encourage you to ask questions about the wine-making process to any of the vendors. I'm sure they will be happy to oblige.

Just make sure you come out and see us afterward!

We've got a pretty extensive wine selection ourselves (by the glass or by bottle) and a handy menu app that offers pairing suggestions for your meal choice. Once you have an idea what you've got a taste for, we'll be happy to pour you a glass!

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