On the bluffs high above the river anywhere along the Upper Mississippi, one experiences some of the most beautiful views in our country. The Wide River Winery is located just north of Clinton, Iowa at the widest spot on the Upper Mississippi and high on a bluff overlooking the river.
We all have our favorite places. The high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi qualify for Jerry and I. The scenic beauty compares favorably to Laguna Beach, San Francisco, Gulf Shores, Glacier National Park and Maine’s inlets, to name some special spots. A visit to the Wide River Winery, owned and operated by dear friends, offers good times, good wine and a magnificent view of the Upper Mississippi. We sipped wine on the deck,
listened to the upbeat music from the Unidynes,
and purchased bottles of our favorites and some new wines at the wine bar indoors.
We chatted with the wine-makers. They had finished a day of wine picking in their own vineyard. On the next day three tons of new grapes were expected from a vineyard in the Iowa City area, a pinot noir type grape known as petite pearl.
This picture provides evidence it is a real winery.
It’s the end to a perfect day when one is lucky enough to enjoy a glass of good wine, the best summer fresh food Iowa has to offer: seasoned sweet potatoes, arugula from the garden and tender, tasty beef steak grilled by a master on high heat. All this thanks to the courtesy of our hosts with views of the river!
I must mention another plus of the good times at Wide River Winery: the discovery of a new-to-us wine, Caught Red Handed. This wine is described as a dry red with big fruity aromas and a smooth finish, easy-to-drink. It is a 2014 Gold Mid-American Wine Competition winner. See mention on the food page post of this blog “Sausage and White Bean Soup.” I especially liked this wine with food.
A big thank-you to our hosts and the staff at the winery who always make a visit memorable. If you are on the Mississippi at LeClaire (just off I80 north of the Quad-Cities) or Clinton, stop in at the Wide River Winery tasting rooms. I predict you will be glad you did.
Visit their website. www.wideriverwinery.com
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