|Blue Sky Winery, a taste of Tuscany|
Most who know me would be surprised, maybe even shocked to learn that I harbor a secret desire to be a winemaker (vintner).
|Enjoying the shaded deck at Owl Creek Winery|
But since that is not going to happen anytime soon, let me introduce you to one of the best kept secrets here in Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois, The Shawnee Wine Trail, a winding, scenic 25-mi route between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers where you can visit about 12 or more wineries. There are certain spots where the terrain reminds me of the Napa Valley in Northern California.
A week ago, a group of us (3 carloads) visited 3 wineries on the Trail. Our first stop was Owl Creek Vineyard, a family-run business that has a 4-level back deck with musicians playing nearby on an old flatbed truck. After the wine tasting (which was $1.00 to taste five wines) we sat on the top deck surrounded by trees. It was as if we were out in the woods. The atmosphere at Owl Creek makes you want to linger over a glass of wine enjoying the company of friends.
|Wine tasting at the Van Jakob Winery|
|Sarah & her rescued dog, Cinder|