WIDE RIVER WINERY
Visiting this vineyard is one of the most enjoyable of many good times in the Central Midwest during past weeks.
We toured the vineyard, walked among the vines and admired the large patio at the Clinton Tasting Room. The vineyards of the Wide River Winery grow atop high bluffs above the widest part of the Upper Mississippi River. This past week I hiked the bluff trail and viewed the river from the spot where Native Americans buried their dead in mounds hundreds of years ago. There are few things more joyful than standing above the Mississippi and viewing its broad expanse. Oh, a good glass of wine adds another dimension. And this is the place to find it.
This winery is special, in part, because good friends developed it and are the owners and wine makers. We know how hard they have worked to make it a success. Our friends, their family, and staff welcome visitors with open arms.
Not long ago, Wide River Winery opened a second tasting room in LeClaire, Iowa. Here too, are views of the river, this time at one of its narrower points. The small town is charming and the Wide River Tasting Room fits right in with local lore and décor. The renovation work completed on the LeClaire building revealed a basement from Underground Railroad Days. The main street of this small town on the river is lined with inviting shops and interesting old buildings. It is located just north of I80 and is the first exit after the river if travelers are headed west and the last exit before the river if traveling east.
Wide River Winery produces many award winning wines. I have my favorites: Ms Chievous and Pursuit of Happiness. Ms Chievous is a top seller and a gold medal award winner. Pursuit of Happiness, a red, and winner of the 2012 Mid America Wine Competition Gold Medal is delicious with chocolate. I know this from personal experience. But believe you me, they produce many wines. Make your own choice. Felony Red and White Collar Crime are two that I know many people especially enjoy.
You can learn more about the winery and the wines at their website
www.wideriverwinery.com. I love to follow them on Facebook because they post pictures of the fun to be had at the tasting rooms. Even more interesting, I think, are pictures about the work and mystery of producing wines. For those of you who are not within driving distance of the winery or of Eastern Iowa stores that carry these wines, you can buy wines online. And, different wines, from crisp whites, to reds with deep flavors are well described.
The Wide River Winery hosts frequent fun events with music and wine. Now that is a joyful combination