Unlike the citizens of Never Never Land, wine eventually matures enough to take to a formal dinner. Enjoy a grown-up good time with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get two admissions to the Top of Illinois Wine Festival in Galena on Saturday, June 25 from noon until 8 p.m., including two souvenir wine glasses (a $16 value).
Convening at picturesque Depot Park on the riverfront, the Top of Illinois Wine Festival assembles more than 15 northern Illinois wineries, offering oenophiles a luscious bouquet of provincial vintages concocted specifically for the Midwest. Wine lovers can eschew awkwardly cupped hands in favor of two commemorative glasses with which to sample local Dionysian elixirs ($1 per tasting ticket, not included with this Groupon). In addition to flavorful fermentations, a host of live musical acts including A.J. Steil, Feast of Mutton, the Rob Martin Quartet, and Soul Notes serve as a metronome for clinking glasses as festival-goers lounge on the lawn chairs, blankets, and portable bunk beds brought from home.
Come rain or shine, vino-craving visitors can indulge in delicious cuisine offered by the Galena Elks Club and try for exciting raffle prizes such as wine baskets and gift certificates to Fried Green Tomatoes. Information about many new grape varieties will be available at the Northern Illinois Wine Growers' booth, where amateur vintners can purchase vine cuttings to trellis at home or between work cubicles, creating competition for the current office grapevine.