Labor Day weekend 2011: Saturday in St. CroixPosted: September 4, 2011
Well, to start….the Hawkeyes won their opening game yesterday (“won” is a bit of an understatement, seeing as the score was 34-7), so it was a happy home.
DT and I drove up to my parents’ house (about 45 minutes north of the cities) and from there, crossed the border to Wisconsin, specifically St. Croix Falls (about 30 minutes from my dad and mom’s), and from there, drove a bit further to Chateau St. Croix winery.
It was a lovely day for a drive.
The winery is beautiful….inspired by the owners’ time spent in Germany. It looks like a European castle – stately and traditional. Inside, it feels almost like a lodge – a fancy lodge at that.
Our visit started out with a tour of the winery. We began out by the vines, where there were also some animal friends.
The ducks, sheep, and turkeys help balance the soil with their grazing and, erm, fertilization. It’s like a little vine-wine ecosystem!
Then we moved on to the production room.
On to the barrel room….
That ends the tour, now to taste some wine! We each got five samples and two cheese plates to share.
It was a glorious, sunny, fall-ish-feeling kind of day. The perfect kind of day to sip some wine outside.
The unanimous favorite was the Chateau’s Zinfandel, filled with rich, jammy flavor.
After a solid couple of hours at the winery, we made our way back to St. Croix Falls. Lovely little downtown!
It was nearing dinnertime, so we stopped off at Grecco’s to eat.
Grecco’s is a bright, eclectic bistro with a sophisticated menu, overlooking the St. Croix River. It is divided into four dining rooms with an open kitchen in the back of the restaurant.
Even the bathrooms were nifty!
We started with a couple of appetizers. Mom and I shared the hummus plate:
The hummus was chunky and garlicky – served with bread and zucchini slices. The bread was scrumptious; dense, spongy, sweet – almost biscuit-like.
Dad and DT tried the tuna tartar:
I hear it was mighty tasty.
For our main courses….
Mom had the tuna tartar (already photographed above).
Dad had the risotto with bacon. He said it was too monochrome to photograph.
We all devoured our meals and raved about our selections. Full, happy tummies all around.
We rolled ourselves out of the restaurant and hit the road again.
We stopped by a little old church at the top of the hill in Taylor’s Falls.
What a delightful day! After all that, it was time to head home and put on stretchy pants. 😉
Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!