Illinois Valley Wine Fest – Utica, Illinois

The Illinois Valley Wine Fest was last weekend. What a blast! There were 29 wineries there.  Needless to say, I went to bed early that night. =-)

Illinois grapes have a very quick season to grow in, and the only grapes that ripen that quickly are sweet grapes. Most of the wineries here make sweet wines, meads, apple/ciders and fruit wines. Some wineries also import grapes from other locations and make merlots and other tonsil-curling wines.

My favorite is a seasonal wine is ‘Halloween’ from the Illinois Valley Winery – they have a store right in Utica & also do MAIL ORDER if anyone is interested. Their pitch goes like this:

Honey Crisp Apple/pumpkin wine spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and fairy dust.

Yes, we said fairy dust.
Not for sale to Transylvania during the full moon….
Notes: Perfect with snack foods. You’ll be the hit of the party!

I bought 6 bottles =-)






Self portraits


Tiny rainbow


OMG, isn’t he cute?


Panoramic from our campsite H0. Yup, “H0” =-)

We stayed at one of our favorite campgrounds, Hickory Hollow.

Thanks for visiting & keep on planting!
© Ilex Farrell ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

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