A Decoy Trio

While trying to decide on a few bottles of wine to take for a week is semi-isolation, I noticed the 2018 Decoy Sauvignon Blanc first. On the opposite shelf in the store that same “Duck” logo popped into sight. So I decided to make it a themed selection,...

Hickory Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Pomona IL

  Hickory Ridge Vineyards & Winery is a quaint establishment owned by Ron and Sylvia Presswood in the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Located back off the road, nestled behind trees and overlooking the vineyards, the small rustic tasting room provides a nice escape...

Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass IL

I’ve had Alto Vineyards wines before, but this was my first visit to the winery in Alto Pass. Located in southern Illinois, Alto Vineyards is one of the founding three wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, which was the first wine trail in Illinois. A friend...

2016 Chateau de Fontenille Bordeaux Rouge

Region: Bordeaux, FranceVariety: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet SauvignonColor: Ruby RedBody: Medium PlusSmell: Black Cherry, BlackberryTaste: Blackberry, Black CurrantAcidity: LowTannin: MediumAlcohol: 13.8% ABVAfter the first taste, I was surprised to find this to be a...

Pomona Winery, Pomona IL

        If you are interested in something a little different, how about a winery that uses only locally grown non-grape fruits in their wines?  Pomona Winery is a small rustic looking place with decks and a garden picnic area, and even though it...

Kite Hill Vineyards, Carbondale IL

Located just south of Carbondale in the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, you will find Kite Hill Vineyards. Not only do owners Jim and Barbara Bush have the vineyards and winery, but they also operate a Bed & Breakfast that is located at the vineyard. My recent visit...

Monte Alegre Vineyards & Cellars, Carbondale IL

From engineer, to farmer and horse breeder/trainer, to viticulturist, to winemaker, David Ponce and his wife Beth, of Monte Alegre Vineyards & Cellars, have made their mark in the Southern Illinois wine scene. The property originally had three old vines of...

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...

2018 Oregon Solidarity Wines

Here is my chance to bring attention to a very special collaboration that brought together this wonderful selection of wines from Oregon Solidarity Wines. Back on March 8, 2018 I reposted a Facebook article from Wine Enthusiast Magazine entitled “California...

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...