Midwest Living Review
Hickory Creek's winery and tasting room are located inside a modern building that resembles a red barn. Lush flowerbeds and a cute little black-and-white spotted dog named Cow greet visitors. Inside, the tasting room is pretty humble, with stacks of empty wine boxes doubling as display tables for Hickory Creek's wines, glasses and other wine-related gifts. Behind the wine bar, glass windows reveal the fermenting tanks. It's a small operation, one where winemaker, Mike de Schaaf, is more interested in quality than quantity. The tasting-bar staff pours free samples of about a dozen wines (you can choose five). Hickory Creek is best described as a boutique winery, emphasizing almost exclusively dry wines, including Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and a couple of red blends. They'll soon be adding a zero-oak Chardonnay. The two semidry options are a white blend called Gentil and an ice wine.