In lieu of a flight to California to experience harvest season, all you have to do is head north up I-43 … to Cedarburg. This weekend is the 41st annual Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival, complete with grape stomps and wine tastings. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., it’s a kaleidoscope of senses that go well beyond wine. Such as: aromas of grilled apple brats and corn, the chop-chop sounds of knives during cooking demos at the Fundamental Kitchen, a pumpkin weigh-off and plenty of live music. Arts on the Avenue, also during this weekend, means 250 juried booths packed with fine art.
The grape stomp takes place at the Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement – home to Cedar Creek Winery, where wine will also be poured by the glass – on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (Kids are invited to their own grape stomp, at either 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. on both days.)
WINE DEAL OF THE WEEK
Chiselled Grape Winery (http://www.chiselledgrape.com) in Grafton just re-released its Little Red Dress red-wine blend. To snag a bottle, visit the winery on Oct. 5 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. for a party celebrating the wine, along with live music, appetizers and raffles for free wine. Bottles will sell for $2 off the normal price if you’re wearing something red. To learn more about the wine, check out a sexy, sultry video celebrating it. I guarantee you’ve never seen a wine video quite like this!
WINE EVENT OF THE WEEK
One of the newest venues in town for fun wine-education classes is Braise. On Oct. 8, Washington wines are the focus, with a class starting at 6 p.m. hosted by Kimberly Fisher from Badger Liquor. Costing $30, it’s easy to register online or by calling 414-212-8843.
WINE OF THE WEEK
Tomatoes are, well, quite abundant this month. If you’re like me and enjoy roasting, dicing and pureeing these farm-fresh, juicy wonders, you probably need a wine to match with it all. One of my favorite fall wines to pair with tomatoes’ high acidity is 2012 Nobilo Wines Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand, $15). Crisp, gooseberry notes mingle with melon and passionfruit, for a nice bright accent to your tomato dishes. (nobilowines.com)
Photo by Chris Kessler