Happy National White Wine Day!

Happy National White Wine Day! I love celebrating any holiday that gives me an excuse to enjoy wine. I share a lot of red wine photos but when I go out with my friends I always try the Pinot Grigio. 

* This photo was taken at Galena Cellars Tasting Room on Third Street in Geneva. They expanded their outdoor patio this year so more people can enjoy people watching while drinking wine.

What is your white wine of choice? 

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Date Night at Cooper’s Hawk Winery 

Date nights at Cooper’s Hawk Winery start with a wine tasting and we follow it up with some Drunken Shrimp. Pairs perfect with all the white wines on the menu.

Did you know the brand new Cooper’s Hawk Winery in St. Charles was designed with the largest tasting room of all the properties? Check it out! 

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New Camera

Get ready everyone…I have a brand new camera! This means I will be switching between my phone and camera for press trips and winery stops but I think it will also increase the amount of photos I will put out in the future. So do not be surprised if you see me out and about taking photos.

My first outing with my phone was on a nature walk in Galena followed by some wine at Corkless Galena. I am excited to see what else I can capture. 

Now the big question. Are you Team Nikon, Team Canon or Team iPhone? 

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Bike Art in Geneva

Geneva rolled out their summer art project earlier this month, Pedal Geneva. 49 decoarated bikes can be found around town until September 10th. Here is the link with all the bike locations. Check them out and let me know which one is your favorite. 

Bike above is at Galena Cellars Tasting Room (477 S. Third Street, #100) and the bike below is at All Chocolate Kitchen (33 S. Third Street). 

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Mimosa Flights at Lodi Tap House

I have always seen pictures of mimosa flights from friends brunching in the city and knew I had to try one. Imagine my surprise when I find out our neighborhood Tap House announced they will be doing mimosa flights Saturday and Sunday until 3pm.

Flight favors include: Orange, Pineapple, Apple, Cranberry and Raspberry

Tip – The Lodi Tap House staff is not stingy on the champagne pour. This flight is worth the trip and money.

Lodi Tap House
309 Main Street, Maple Park


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10 Wine Festivals to Attend in 2017

Wine Festival Season is here! The season starts in Oswego and continues almost every other weekend throughout the state. There are so many to choose from that I usually prioritize the ones that feature Illinois Wines and fill-in my schedule with the ones that serve wines from around the country. However you decide to pick which wine events you want to try this year I am sure you will have a great festival season.

Here are some of my go-to wine festivals that I think you should check out this year.

Wine on the Fox – May 6 & 7

Taste wine from 14 Illinois wineries while enjoying the atmosphere created from the Fox River. This was the first wine festival I ever attended so I make a point to at least stop in every year. What I like most about this festival is that there is enough time to get to know the winemakers and really learn about the wine.

$15 – 5 Tastings, 1 Souvenir Wine Glass

$25 – Advanced Two Day Pass: 20 Tastings (10 per day), 1 Souvenir Wine Glass

Hudson Crossing Park, 65 N. Harrison Street, Oswego

May 6th from 11:00am-8:00pm and May 7th from Noon-6:00pm

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Uncork Illinois – June 3

Listen to live jazz music while sipping on wine from over 16 local wineries. Downtown Oak Park makes a beautiful venue for this wine event celebrating four years. Jump on the Metra line or grab an Uber for this opportunity to taste over 150 wines.

$15 Advanced Tickets – 7 Wine Tasting Tickets and Souvenir Glass

$20 Tickets – 7 Wine Tasting Tickets and Souvenir Glass

Downtown Oak Park


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Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Festival – June 9-11

Happy 7th Annual Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Festival! Enjoy wine from 20 wineries from across Illinois, jazz musicians, fresh lobster, botanical market and so much more! I like that this event includes admission for the full three days. Lobster will be served Friday 5-9 Saturday 1-9 and Sunday 1-5.

$20 Advanced Wine/Beer Weekend Pass – 9 Tasting Tickets and Souvenir Glass

$25 Wine/Beer Weekend Pass – 9 Tasting Tickets and Souvenir Glass

$30 Advanced Lobster Dinner

$35 Lobster Dinner

101 W. Main Street, Ottawa

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Uncork Urbana Wine Festival – June 10 

Last year a group of us loaded in the car and headed to Urbana for this festival. We stayed at one of the local hotels so we could really experience Urbana. We had a blast listening to the live music  and tasting some Illinois wine.

$15 Advance Ticket – 7 Tasting Tickets and 1 Souvenir Glass

$15 Ticket – 5 Tasting Tickets (at the door) and 1 Souvenir Glass

Meadowbrook Park, 2808 S. Race Street, Urbana


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Corkless in Galena – June 24

Enjoy Northern Illinois wines and light snacks while listening to live music. I have never been to this event but I already purchased my tickets for this year.  Artists will have booths for attendees to enjoy local work.

$20 Ticket – 7 Tasting Tickets (good for wine or food) and 1 Souvenir Glass

Depot Park, Galena


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Naperville Wine Festival – August 25-26

The Naperville Wine Festival returns to the Fox Valley on Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26. The festival provides an opportunity to sample from more than 300 wines from around the world and enjoy live music! We had so much fun going from tent to tent last year, even in the rain!

$32 in advance – 12 Tasting Tickets, 1 Pint of Beer and 1 Souvenir Wine Glass

Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster Street, Naperville

Friday 5pm-10:30pm and Saturday 5pm-10:30pm


Festival of the Vine – September 9-11

Taste wines from around the world while exploring the culinary scene of Third Street in Geneva. Put on your comfortable shoes and enjoy browsing the craft and art vendors.

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8 S. Third Street, Geneva


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Vintage Illinois Wine Festival – September 17 & 18

Now this is hands down my favorite wine festival. We attend every year with friends and every year we leave with a trunk full of Illinois Wine. This festival brings in 28-30 Illinois wineries. Take your time to ask the person pouring your wine a question because almost all of them are the owner of the winery or a tasting room worker. So grab your chairs and bring a cooler full of food (no alcohol allowed to be brought in).

$20 Ticket- 7 Wine Tasting Tickets and 1 Souvenir Wine Glass

Matthiessen State Park, Oglesby

Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday Noon-5pm


The Great River Grape Escape – September 23 & 24

Growing up I was always so intrigued by the Mississippi River. The Great River Escape is the perfect chance to taste wines from 10 Illinois wineries while taking in the view of the Mississippi River. This festival also includes opportunities to try wine inspired dishes from local chefs.  Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket for this comfy event.

$10 Ticket – 5 Wine Tasting Tickets and 1 Souvenir Glass

Clat Adams Park, 201 North Front Street, Quincy

Saturday Noon-7pm and ​Sunday Noon-5pm

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Wabash Valley Wine & Art Festival – October 7 & 8

This year I am going to extend my festival list into October so that I can include this event. My new favorite date activity is grabbing a glass of wine then walking around an art exhibit. The Wabash Valley Wine & Art Festival is in the 15th year and perfect for a date night or girls’ night out.

FREE Admission to the Art Festival

$13 Wine Ticket – Wine Tastings and Souvenir Wine Glass

110 S. Main Street, Palestine

Saturday 11:30 am-6:30 pm and Sunday Noon-5:00pm

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There are so many great events that offer the opportunity to try Illinois Wine without having to attend a wine festival.

Wine Tasting at The Morton Arboretum May 25, 2017
Illinois Wine Garden at Decatur Celebration
August 4, 2017
Illinois State Fair Wine Experience August 11-20, 2017
Wine Garden at the Du Quoin State Fair September 2-3, 2017

Do you have a favorite wine festival that you go to every year? Let me know and I can add it to the list.

Happy Wine Festival Season!
Traveling Murphy


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Date night with Carmin…

Happy Thursday! We are kicking off date night with a bottle of Carmin 2014 from Danenberger Family Vineyard. 

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