Wine, Fall and Scenic Drives in Northwest Illinois

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Mortgage and Lending with NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 IL Lic 031.0006220/WI

                  wine grapes                    

 

      Recently, I received a great comment regarding one of my blogs from Karen Cooper, a mortgage banker/broker from Ashland, Oregon.  She mentioned that she hosted wine tastings using local wines as a way of bonding and marketing to her referral partners.  What a great way to promote not only your business, but other businesses and features of your local area! 

      Karen's region of the U.S. is noted for its wonderful wineries, but did you know that Illinois also can brag about its wine growing and harvest?

     

     Most people think of Bordeaux in France, California's Napa Valley, Australia's Barossa Valley, and Oregon when they think about wine production.  And, although it is true that a concentration of fine vineyards is to be found in these areas, the largest (in terms of land mass) wine growing area in the world is actually to be found in the Upper Mississippi Valley, which touches upon four U.S. states and includes Illinois. 

     lucy

     Most vineyards found in this area are small and family-run, covering just four to 10 acres.  They are very hands-on in nature and many allow access and up-close viewing of the wine-making process.  Tours of the vineyard, coupled with other amenities, are not uncommon.  Some will even let you mash and stomp your own grapes in the old-fashioned way.  There is actually an annual festival held in the area that borrows its name from the famous "I Love Lucy" wine-stomping episode.

 

    

Galena trolley

     Galena, Illinois is a major focal point of the wine tours hosted in this area.  The oldest winery in this area makes 40 different wines from grapes and other fruits, including apples, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, and peaches ... even rhubarb.  A wine tasting gallery is operated on-site along with a shop that offers all sorts of specialty items that compliment the wine experience.

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     Especially now, during autumn's spectacular colors, Galena and the entire Upper Mississippi Valley region is a place to consider for scenic fall stays and driving tours.  The rolling hills, the beautiful small towns, B&B's, the glimpse of wild  turkey, fox, and deer and the byway along the Mississippi, all offer visions of Illinois that most do not equate with the state. 

     I invite you to come visit our state.  Relax ... sip one of our fine wines ... and stay awhile.                  You'll love it.

 For additional info., go to:

 http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/conditions/fall_color/

 www.galena.org

 www.jodaviess.org

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Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

What fun, grape stomping a-la-Lucy.  You're right about our Illinois wines.  I've just discovered some nice reasonably priced wines from Lynfred winery.

Linda Metallo, Re/max Impact, Lockport,Il.

Oct 12, 2009 08:53 AM #1
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Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
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Gene - What a great post!  You're right too, I have never thought of IL as wine country.  As a long-time CA wino, I must broaden my horizons.  I am going to make a point of finding some great Oregon and Illinois wine to taste.  When I do, I'll toast to you and my new buddy Karen.  Have a great day Gene.

Oct 12, 2009 09:53 AM #2
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Linda:  You learn something new every day!  I had no idea there was a Lynfred winery in Roselle.  Great info to have.  I give bottles of wine as gifts at my closing.  Because we own a home in Galena, I normally stop in to the wineries up there to stock up.  If you haven't tried anything from that area, please give it a try.  Maybe we can swap sometime ... I live in Lockport!

Hope you're finding the local real estate market friendly ...

Gene   

Oct 13, 2009 02:45 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
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Donne:  Tell you what ... I'll wrap up a bottle of wine from the Galena vineyards and we'll swap!  Let me know your favorite type of wine ... and I'll get a bottle off to you.  Think we can get Karen involved?  I know there were a few others that perked up when we were yakking about wine!!

Let me know if you're interested ... and where to send!

Gene

Oct 13, 2009 02:48 AM #4
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SarahGray Lamm
Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 - Chapel Hill, NC
Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience

Illinois wines! But of course! Our North Carolina wines tend to be on the sweet side in the Piedmont but we have the Biltmore Winery in Asheville that is pretty spectacular...of course so is the scenery!

Oct 15, 2009 11:26 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

SarahGray:  We have GOT to get out your way!  Marilyn and I will bring some Galena wine ... you bring some from your local winery.  We'll toas to a better market in 2010. 

Gene 

Oct 15, 2009 01:17 PM #6
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Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

Gene, I have driven through Illinois various times going to Kansas (I was stationed there in the Army).  I never really took the time to experience Illinois.....I think maybe it is time to take some time my next time through and visit a little.  Thanks for writing!

Oct 15, 2009 03:03 PM #7
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
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Damon:

Would look forward to having you visit!  Let me know if you can ever make it, and I will be happy to show you around.   BTW ... we love YOUR area, as we got to know it well when our son attended Virginia Military Inst. in Lexington.  Have even considered it as a retirement spot in the future.  Just beautiful there ...

Thanks for writing ... I always enjoy your posts .. and now hearing from you ...

Gene

Oct 16, 2009 04:52 AM #8
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Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL
SFR, SRES, CNC

Hello Gene.  Even though we are from Illinois, what you've written of we had no knowledge of!  It's probably because only my husband has a taste for wines.  I appreciate the education about it.  Thank you!

Oct 17, 2009 11:53 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Hi Diane!  Thanks for writing ...

My wife and I just love Galena and the region surrounding it so much that I guess we are soaking up and then sharing all the little details we can about it.  Sometimes there are wonderful things to be enjoyed right in our own "backyards". Galena is one of them.  Hope you and your husband consider taking a drive ... especially right now with the fall colors ... it is beautiful. Galena Cellars has a great wine tasting room surrounded by a little shop and a restaurant upstairs ... something for both you and your husband.  If you need some other tips about the area, please contact me!  More than happy to share ...

Hope business is positive in South Holland ...

Gene 

 

Oct 18, 2009 02:51 AM #10
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Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Gene - Sorry for the delay in responding; it's been a long and dreadful week and I'm just now catching up on my blogging.  I love the idea of a wine exchange in the name of broadening our "wino" taste experiences.

Since I live in a state with some of the finest wine in the world (no bias there, of course), I'm going to go through my wine collection today and pick out a good bottle to represent a fine CA vineyard.  Are you a red or white drinker?

Oct 18, 2009 06:26 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Donne:  Sorry to hear that your week was so frustrating.  Believe me, I totally understand!  To answer your question re: wine ... white would be great!  How about you and your husband?  I'll send your favorite ...   as I'm heading up to Galena this next week for a new supply.  They make great closing gifts ...

Will be hoping that the upcoming week is more positive for you ...  My best,

Gene

Oct 18, 2009 08:55 AM #12
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Terri Onigkeit
Keller Williams of Northern Colorado - Fort Collins, CO
GRI

Great ideas I have done some open houses with wine and cheese.

Oct 19, 2009 12:38 AM #13
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Karen Cooper
Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas - Leander, TX
Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States

Hi Gene - Thanks for the honorable mention, and for shining the light on your corner of the world. I would not have known about Illinois wines if you hadn't!

Oct 20, 2009 03:19 AM #14
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