Oh what a sweet and unique venue with some absolutely fantastic wines! Whether red or white, dry or sweet you can’t go wrong here! Loved tasting several different “flavors”, hearing the story of the winery, perusing the little shops inside and most of all meeting some awesome Iowans! 2 Favorites: Kid Sister and Reminisce !
The ONLY way to explore the grounds of Oak Alley
Danzinger Vineyard is perched atop the Alma Bluff in Buffalo County and offers award winning wines with a million dollar view overlooking the historic town of Alma, Wisconsin and the Mississippi River. Enjoy their tasting room, enclosed banquet room, outdoor patio or pavilion. Live music offered most Saturdays.
Named Wisconsin Winery of the Year in 2013, Danzinger Vineyard’s “vine to bottle” wines are made from their own grapes grown over 18 acres. They make their own wine on site and their estate-bottled wines have won numerous awards. Grapes used are Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Frontenac Blanc, St Pepin, La Crescent, La Crosse, Brianna, St. Croix and Marquette. Fruit wines are also a favorite!
As a member of the Great River Road Wine Trail, Danzinger Vineyards participates in three wine trail events during the year: Spring Fling-New Wine Release Party in April, June Bloom Wine & Food Event in June and Holiday Harvest Wine & Food Festival in November.
Looking for a local brew? Check out the Beer Flight tasting from the Fountain City Brewing Company. Resurrected from 5 pre-prohibition recipes that were brewed by Fountain Brew from 1856 to 1965 in Fountain City WI, currently brewed in Wisconsin.
You can only find these beers at the legendary Monarch Tavern (Monarch Public House) in Fountain City, the oldest continually operating server in the state. Make sure you don’t miss the original ornate, hand-tooled oak back bar and matching front bar with carved posts and an intact brass-trimmed wooden top rail. The bar remained open during Prohibition as a soda parlor before it started serving alcohol again in 1933.
FOUNTAIN CITY BREWING CO BEERS ON TAP
Original Recipe Fountain Brew Gold Lager
Crystal Springs Nitro Stout
John Robert Porter
Harrington’s Irish Red Ale
Prairie Moon Red Lager
Eagle Valley Harvest Gold
Brewing beers in La Crosse since 1999, Pearl Street Brewery is a La Crosse staple. Brewery tours are available on Fridays and Saturdays. Visit the Tasting Room for a craft beer “exbeerience” you will not find anywhere else! The Tasting Room is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4-8pm. Friday 3-10pm. Saturday 12-7pm. They offer 16 beers on tap, sampler flights, growler fills and 6-packs to go, brewery tours and live music on the weekends.
Top annual beers include Downtown Brown, Linalool, Java Lava, and Me Myself & IPA. Seasonal favorites are: Smokin’ Hemp Porter, Dankenstein, 17UP Gose, Appleweizen, and Breakfast Beer. Look for their Barrel-Aged Series, Sour Gose Series, and Other Seasonal Limited Releases throughout the year.
This place started as a charming apple orchard, and it still is… but its the cider that brings people from around the world. This is some serious hard cider. The Honeycrisp hard is a major favorite.. crisp, sweet and delish. But it can get very interesting with “Bitter Love”, “Scrumpy” & “Kingston Black” to name just a few of the cadre of delicious they offer. Lots of great wines and treats too!
Lost Island Wine & Skeleton Crew Brew is a small family owned winery and craft brewery in Onalaska, Wisconsin. They produce over 40 different flavors of wine and craft brews! You are invited to stop in and taste their creations, as there is truly something for everyone. Since the company opened its doors in 2012, every customer is treated like they were a part of the Island family. Stop in, have a little taste, grab a bottle, and GET LOST!
Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards is a gem in Pepin, WI. Award-winning wines, authentic country Italian food, classical Mediterranean style architecture, surrounded by the vineyards and views of the river valley–I felt as though I was in another world! Flavor… This place has it all!
One of my favorite breweries in Wisconsin is the Potosi Brewery. Great beer + they have a restaurant with decent food. The museum is also worth a visit. Some of the old advertising really took me back.