Bob Curttright knew that wine tasted better when it's enjoyed in a scenic setting. That's why he set out on a search for the perfect setting before opening his winery, Whiskey Run Creek. He found the setting he dreamed of in a century-old barn owned by Julius Bergmann and moved the historic structure?which was built from oak and walnut beams without a single nail?more than 18 miles to a creekside property.
Now owned by Ron and Sherry Heskett, they fill visitors' glasses with wine made from Nebraska-grown ingredients. In addition to varietals, such as Chambourcin and Edelweiss, their winery produces seasonal fruit wines made with apples and cherries from local farms. Guests can relax with their wine on an expansive deck or explore renovated brick caves built in 1866.
Hands dig into the springtime earth, heaving up tufts of Missouri dirt cooled by the nearby waters of historic Jowler Creek. The year is 2004 and Colleen and Jason Gerke are trying their hands at winemaking, planting 250 norton grapevines in the ground near their home. Today, the 7-acre plot of land houses more than 3,000 vines, protected by insect-consuming chickens, rodent-hunting hawks and owls, and weed-noshing sheep who graze at carefully managed intervals. The sustainable vineyard sprouts grapes used to concoct nine award-winning wines?from dry to sweet?which are crafted with solar-powered devices. Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery regularly hosts tours for up to 30 people, where patrons spend approximately 90 minutes observing the crash-diet techniques grapes undergo before squeezing into Jowler Creek's trademark baby blue sealed bottles.
Weston Wine Company prepares seven diamond-themed wines including a sweet red, dry white, and semisweet rose. Try a sample of each in the onsite tasting room, pairing the subtle citrus blossom, cherry, and white flower flavors with mini cupcakes and cheeses. The winery also hosts craft nights and lectures to help guests learn why wine tastes the way it does.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at The Westside Local, a savory spot for American cuisine.
The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from The Westside Local's extensive drink list.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at The Westside Local.
Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
Guests can enjoy low-cost wifi.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Patrons pack the restaurant on weekends, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure prompt seating.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — The Westside Local offers catering.
You can also grab your grub to go.
The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on The Westside Local's moderately priced fare.
In her early 20s, Heather Redman worked in a swanky Omaha eatery, where she served countless bottles of high-end wine. There, she developed a passion about learning about fine wines, amassing a wealth of knowledge that she now shares at Swirl Wine Bar & Shoppe. Heather reduces her carbon footprint maintains freshness by keeping all her reds and whites?as well as select craft beers?on tap. The tap system prevents the wines from being exposed to oxygen, maintaining flavor quality from the first glass to the last. Each beverage can be complemented by a concise selection of shareable bites, including assorted chocolate truffles and house-made pita paired with roasted red pepper hummus.
While Swirl's roomy lounge complete with comfy leather seats and couches invites visitors to stay and relax, the shoppe also caters to patrons on the go. Bottles of wine and craft beer line retail shelves throughout the lounge, and Swirl's wine and beer clubs reward members with monthly packages of hand-selected libations instead of just pictures of hands selecting libations.
For spaghetti and meatballs that tug at the heartstrings, Lidia's Restaurant creates a warm atmosphere perfect for two.
No need to miss out on Lidia's Restaurant just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has plenty of options that can accommodate your dietary needs.
The drink list at Lidia's Restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
Have a big celebration coming up? Consider the private room at Lidia's Restaurant, perfect for large groups of revelers.
Warm weather brings out Lidia's Restaurant's highly coveted patio seating.
Impress the diners at your next gathering by calling in Lidia's Restaurant for catering.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Don't spend time searching for parking — guests are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Lidia's Restaurant accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.