Walker’s Bluff, Carterville IL

I was introduced to Walker’s Bluff wines at Vintage Illinois in 2018. Recently I had the opportunity to visit the winery and was truly amazed. Walker’s Bluff is not just a winery, but instead a magnificent getaway. Just because it is secluded does not mean...

Cameo Vineyards, Greenup IL

  I bet you thought the name Cameo Vineyards is derived from a particular style of broach or jewelry, but don’t be fooled.  It actually refers to a 1955 Chevy Cameo pickup truck.  Cameo Vineyards has been around since 1991 and is one of the oldest wineries...

Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC

  Recently my wife and I were vacationing in western North Carolina and decided to try out the Western North Carolina Cheese Trail, or at least a few locations close to Asheville.  We did make it to a few of the farms, but when we saw a sign for Chimney Rock...

Willow Ridge Winery, Shelbyville IL

Whether you just want to get out of town for a day or evening or are specifically looking for a winery to visit, Willow Ridge Winery is a place where you can relax and enjoy some great wines. Located in rural Westervelt IL (northwest of Shelbyville) the winery stands...

2018 Vintage Illinois

2018 Vintage Illinois took place September 15 & 16 at Matthiessen State Park. I was able to attend for a short period on Saturday. Even though my time was limited, I was able visit all of the winery displays and taste several wines. Needless to say, trying to...

Stonehaus Winery, Crossville TN

Over the last several years my family has had the opportunity to make multiple trips to Knoxvile, TN. One of our regular routes includes Highway 40 from Nashville. Recently the trip had a little flexibility that allowed an impromptu stop at Stonehaus Winery in...