Sunday, September 21, 2008

Birds and Merlot?

What do birds have in common with wine? I have noticed many Illinois wineries chose to brand themselves with their prairie state avian friends. Some wineries include,
•Cooper's Hawk Winery
•Pheasant Hollow Winery
•Owl Creek Vineyard
•White Owl Winery - they have an unbelievable Spiced Pear wine with hints of cloves and cinnamon! AND they are located on Birds Rd. in Birds, IL!

I went to the Vintage Illinois Wine Festival at Starved Rock in Utica this weekend. I had a lovely hike through the Starved Rock trails in the morning and enjoyed some wine tasting in the afternoon. I love going to this wine fest because of the unique flavors offered! Where else can you sample pumpkin wine or chocolate-infused raspberry port? And of course, many award winning wines were available to sample.

I bought some delicious wines,
•River Road Red from Piasa Winery - awarded Best Red at the 2007 Illinois State Fair
•Almond Champagne from The Village Vintner - some sparkling wine with a hint of amaretto
•Hallowine from Illinois River Winery - a spiced apple wine
•Honey Raspberry from Von Jakob Vineyard - a Honey mead wine!

3 comments:

blackfeatherfarm said...

Hey! I like your bird themed blog - very neat !

White Owl Winery said...

Jack from White Owl Winery here... thanks for the comment about our Spiced Pear!
This is the season for Spiced Pear! Open invitation to all, come visit us and taste the Spiced Pear. It's good chilled and especially warmed!

joy@whiteowlwinery said...

Glad you like the Spiced Pear. You'll have to drop by the winery for a visit. (We even have statues of white owls for sale and the owl is featured on our logo glasses.)
If you're looking for another great wine festival to visit, plan a trip to the Illinois Wine and Art Festival this weekend, September 27 and 28 at Rend Lake, just south of Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Not only will we (White Owl Winery) be there, Pheasant Hollow and Owl Creek will also attend. And, yes, we'll have the Spiced Pear available to taste, warmed up in a crock pot! Ummm!
Hope to see you there! - Joy