9 Perfect Pairings: Midwest Wine Experiences
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin: Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery
A favorite among Door County's 10 wineries, Simon Creek courts both grape-only purists and those who favor sweeter fruit wines. The scenic country location, temperate Lake Michigan climate and impressive range of flavors (the winery grows about 20 grape varieties) make an irresistible combination.
Most visitors start with a free winery tour, followed by samples. Whether you prefer the semisweet Untouchable Red, named for Al Capone's attempt to buy Simon Creek farm for his bootleg empire, or American Viognier, for its hints of lime and grapefruit, you're likely to find something that satisfies.
Buy a bottle of your favorite ($15-$18), then sit back and relax on the winery's sprawling patio. You can order cheese and crackers or even bring your own snacks and hold your own leisurely pairing session. The mood is especially delightful on Sunday afternoons, when live music entertains, and the weekend seems to stretch out a little longer as you sip a glass or two in the waning light. (920) 746-9307; simoncreekvineyard.com -- Lisa Meyers McClintick