Wine-Tasting Bike Ride

Last Saturday Christian and I checked out a new-to-us recreational trail about an hour south of our farm - the Mascoutin Valley State Trail. We drove to Berlin and parked our car downtown near the public library. After biking south just a few blocks we got to the trail. 

The trail was easy riding - crushed limestone and a few sections of boardwalk with very little elevation change. We rode through scenic farm fields, wetlands and forests bursting with spring flowers. The wooded sections offered us some much-needed relief from the hot sun.

About 8 miles down the trail we came to our destination - the Vines & Rushes Winery. I had never hear of this winery before but, thanks to Groupon, we are now friends. A nice sign was located right next to the trail and a mowed path led right up to the winery.

The winery had 10 different wines for us to try. (Tasting is free.) All of the wines are made with grapes from Wisconsin and some of them use Vines & Rushes own grapes. They are still growing their vineyard and hope to be able to use more of their own grapes in the future. 

We started with the dry white wines and moved up in sweetness to the reds. Ryan, one of the owners, was so helpful during the tasting. We could tell that he is very passionate about what he does. We enjoyed trying to pick out the different flavors in the wines and talking about what foods would pair well with them. 

The winery also offers locally made crafts, books by a few local authors, and local foods such as dilly beans and salsa. A fridge holds cheese and other cold drinks (including soda for non-alcohol drinkers) that you can purchase and enjoy while relaxing on their patio out front. We ended up buying a bottle of Sabrevois, a bottle of Hard Cider, and jalapeƱo vidalia salsa. My bike panniers held all of the goods nicely. In fact, I probably could have carried a few more bottles. Next time! 

I'm kind of a light-weight when it comes to alcohol, and after trying 10 wines I was pretty loose. But, that was the beauty of riding our bikes to the wine tasting - we didn't have to worry about driving under the influence!


Kathy said…
Sounds like so much fun! I had to give up wine for health reasons, too acidic, and boy do I miss it!
karen said…
looks like you both had a good time! I would have been looped with all that tasting :)
amanda said…
that looks like such a fun time! loving the look of that smooth trail~

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