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Flames and Fine Fare!

Chef Clint is telling us that he’s ready to bust out of the kitchen and meet the fine folks that come to Vino in the Valley. We think he just wants to show off!

Regardless of the reason, it will be our guests who benefit most when our chef comes out of the kitchen for our “Flames and Fine Fare” event! Taking place Thursday evening, July 20, Chef Clint will be preparing two very special and unique dishes for our guests, right before their very eyes.

A mobile kitchen will be set up in the middle of the Vino in the Valley pavilion, and our kitchen team will dazzle you by preparing Portabella Ravioli and a special Steak Au Poivre right out front! Our kitchen’s secrets will finally be revealed; you might pick up a trick or two (and finally find out the secret ingredient that makes your favorite dish taste so great!).

Chef Clint is pretty excited for the event. “I’m looking forward to meeting the guests and for them to meet me. I want them to feel comfortable coming up and asking questions, making conversation, and just having some fun.”

You can expect a lot of flames, a lot of fun, and a lot of vino. Hmm, should we have a fire extinguisher on hand?

This is a one-time event you won’t want to miss! Vino in the Valley and the Bella Sera patio bar hours will be 5pm-10pm. Groups of 10 or more can make reservations by calling 715-639-6677.

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Red, White, and Blues at Vino in the Valley

Great wine, delicious food, and awesome music… Commemorate the Independence Day holiday by joining us for Red, White and Blues on Saturday, July 1, starting at noon featuring the music of Empire Night and the Tommy Bentz Band with our famous fireworks show at dusk.

Grab family and friends for a fun afternoon and evening in the valley. Take a tractor tour around the vineyard, enjoy a glass of wine or a beer on the patio, listen to blues music over a pasta dinner… Then grab your lawn chairs or blanket and settle in for the fireworks show after dusk!

It’s a patriotic evening in the valley you won’t want to miss!  New this year! Join us for our Fireworks BBQ! To accommodate our later arriving fireworks guests we’ll be serving BBQ chicken and all the fixin’s (1/4 chicken, garlic mash potatoes, baked beans, pasta salad. $15 (cash only)) plus a selection of beer and wine out on the grounds starting at 7pm!

The last seating of the night will be at 9pm (our staff want to take in the fireworks, too!). There’s no admission charge. Sorry, no carry-on allowed on the grounds.

Check out this entertainment line-up!

3:00pm – 6:00pm Empire Night

A Duo with a Twist! Featuring both guitar and keyboards with smooth vocals and great harmony, Empire Night plays a smart, hip selection of music from contemporary pop and folk, great 90’s songs, and select 60’s and 70’s piano songs you haven’t heard in a while (think Captain and Tennelle, Burt Bacharach, and Sergio Mendes).

6:00pm – 9:00pm Tommy Bentz Band

The Tommy Bentz Band is a trio that often gets described as Van Morrison meets the Allman Brothers. Led by singer-songwriter Tommy Bentz, one hears strong soulful vocals with tasty slide and lead guitar, a rock-solid rhythm section with tight vocal harmonies that often makes the listener think that as many as 5-6 people are on stage. The band tours around the Midwest and yearly to the UK, for their annual fall tour, playing 2 blues-rock festivals in Ireland and Scotland this September. Enjoy blues and blues rock classics from artists like Clapton, Allman Brothers, SRV, The Band, Freddie King, as well as songs from their 4 original albums.

Sippin’ in the Valley

We’ve added 5 new wines and 6 new craft-style beers to the menu at Vino in the Valley this season. That’s a lot, and with such a new and expanded list of selections, it seemed logical to have an event that would allow you to sample them. Join us for a special tasting event at Vino in the Valley on Saturday, June 10, from 3-5pm.

During the “Sippin’ in the Valley” event, our staff will be on hand to offer samples of our newest wines and beers, make recommendations based on your tastes, and answer your questions, too.

Simply purchase your tasting card at the bar (2 cards for $5 – 5 tastings per card) and then head out to visit our tasting tables. Feel free to be leisurely; there’s no hurry… Meander around the vineyard, enjoy a tour by horse-drawn wagon, visit the gift shop and farmer’s market vendors, or engage in a round of ladder golf. Be sure to turn your card in when you’re done for a chance to win four $50 gift certificates!

Bring your group of fun friends; because wine and beer tasting is serious business (wink, wink). After the tasting, we hope you’ll stay behind and enjoy the balmy summer evening, have dinner under the pavilion and tap your toe to live entertainment by Stacy Jane and the Fermenters (how fitting!).

Vino in the Valley hosts 8th Annual “Taste of Tuscany” Event

Once again we’re thrilled to be hosting the Ellsworth Community School District Foundation’s annual fundraising event, “Taste of Tuscany”. The event, which will be held at Vino in the Valley on Friday, June 9, 2017, supports the Foundation in their mission to enhance educational opportunities within our community using private revenues. In a time of ever-tightening budgets, supporting this great cause has become more important than ever.

Social Hour begins at 4:30pm with the event officially kicking off at 5:00pm. Attendees will enjoy the music of Colleen Raye, a wine tasting, silent auction, and of course, great wine and a delicious dinner buffet. Tickets are $35 and available at Vino in the Valley, Ellsworth School District Office, Nilssen’s Foods, and from Foundation board members. Download an official event flyer here.

Some amazing items on the silent auction again this year!

  • Badger Football Tickets (Badgers vs. Maryland on October 21st, 2017)
  • 4 Minnesota Twins vs Baltimore Orioles Tickets
  • Guthrie Theater Ticket Voucher for 2 people
  • Gift certificate for 2 Brewers Game Tickets
  • Red Wing Gift Certificate for a Pair of Boots or Shoes
  • Golf for four people and a cart to White Eagle Country Club
  • Dinner certificates to local restaurants (Copper Kettle, Shady Grove, Common Man, Rod & Gun….)
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theater – Dinner and Show for two
  • Green Bay Packer football
  • Wild Mountain scenic boat tour, daily excursions
  • Industrial Technology Department has made a decorative wooden box with matching coasters with wine glasses
  • Minnesota twins – Autographed Tony Oliva Print

And much more!

We not only wish to encourage you to purchase your tickets and attend this worthwhile event, but also want to be sure all our guests are aware that due to this event, general seating for the public will not begin until 7:30pm on Friday, June 9. Our outdoor bar, Bella Sera, will be open beginning at 5:00 pm if guests would like to come down to enjoy some wine until seating begins; although you’re always welcome to purchase a ticket to the event on the spot and join us! Your help in spreading the word to your friends and neighbors is always appreciated. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you.

Rush River Folk Festival Returns to Vino in the Valley

It’s quickly becoming a springtime tradition for folk, blues and bluegrass music lovers from around the region. This year’s Rush River Folk Festival will take place at Vino in the Valley on Saturday, May 27 (Memorial Day Weekend). The event features over seven hours of live music from top regional artists, and admission is free!

This is our 4th annual event and our way of welcoming the warm days of summer to our valley. We kick off the music at 1 pm and don’t stop until the sun sets. With the beautiful valley views as their backdrop, musicians offering a grand mix of sounds and styles of folk music serenade our guests all day long while they enjoy wine, beer and our Italian fare (our pavilion will open at noon this day for lunch). Wagon rides around the vineyard and lawn games pass the time between music sets. As the sun falls behind the bluffs and the cooler evening temps roll in, roaring bonfires take the chill off the air.

This year’s music lineup includes several talented performers who are making their first appearance at the festival.

This year’s headlining artist is Chastity Brown, an internationally touring folk artist with roots in Minneapolis, but a sound with many regional influences. A multi-talented musician who has performed on saxophone and drums as well as guitar and vocals, Chastity comes to Rush River after stops in New York City, Arlington, VA, and Philadelphia. In 2016, she toured with folk icon Ani DiFranco, and she has recently been featured on National Public Radio’s “Favorite Sessions” and on American Songwriter. Her newest recording, Silhouette of Sirens, is soon to be released on the standout Twin Cities label, Red House Records. Chastity’s musically imaginative and socially inspired style of folk music is sure to provide a memorable performance.

We are also thrilled to have Jerrika Mighelle joining us this year on the Rush River stage. Jerrika is well-known in the region for her performances with Quinn Elizabeth, a sister-folk combo that has made many musical contributions to the Chippewa Valley folk scene. Jerrika’s set at Rush River will include songs from her debut solo CD, Like The Sea, released in 2017. Over the past year and half, Jerrika has perfected her songs at local live shows and open mic appearances as she explores themes of self-discovery, professional transition, personal tragedy, and the guiding lights that can lead us further on our journeys.

Jerrika Mighelle

Also part of this year’s Rush River lineup are two additional folk acts with deep roots in the Western Wisconsin music scene. Eggplant Heroes contributes an opening act for the festival. They are an Americana musical group led by Duffy Duyfhuizen, featuring original songwriting along with traditional folk, gospel, and roots music in the string band tradition. Their live set features songs from their two recent CDs, After This Time and Better Weather. The group often features Caleb Horne (mandolin), Dan Zerr (bass and vocals), Joel Pace (trumpet and vocals), Lucas K. Fischer (guitar) Max Garland (guitar and vocals), and Olaf Lind (violin), for a signature folk sound.

Of course, the festival would not be complete without a set by Davey J and Jen Hazen. Davey J is the one who first approached us with the idea for a festival and the one who selects and organizes all the amazing musical acts. Davey J is a scholar (a professor at UW-Eau Claire) and a prolific musician and songwriter whose style ranges from roots to rock, blues, and jazz-influenced pop, delivered with a signature guitar and vocal style. Davey J is well-known for his many performances over two decades as bandleader, guitarist, and vocalist for Davey J and the Jones Tones, and his more recent combo, Davey J and Friends. He has produced five CDs of original music and plans to produce his sixth in 2018. The title track for his most recent CD, Chippewa Love, can be heard frequently on Blugold Radio, 99.9 FM, in the Eau Claire area. Vocalist Jen Hazen has been a steady musical partner with Davey over the last few years, along with her performances with Jenny and the Jets, who are known for their live band karaoke shows that have incredible musical variety. Jen is working on a new CD that is tentatively titled 100% Locally Grown, which is a musical collaboration with Chippewa Valley songwriters such as Catya, Greg Gilbertson, Sue Orfield, and Davey J. Jen Hazen’s power and versatility as a vocalist will be on display as she performs a range of music by Chippewa Valley artists, in addition to several other styles.

Eggplant Heroes

Yes, a full seven hours of live outdoor music will be the perfect way to start the long Memorial Day weekend. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and settle in for an afternoon of music, wine and food. Again, there’s no admission charge; just come and savor the amazing sounds and a glass of wine or a beer on the edge of the beautiful Rush River. If the mood strikes, stay for an Italian dinner under the Pavilion, or order a brick oven pizza to-go and enjoy it on the grounds. Heck, make a weekend of it; you’ll find we have some amazing lodging options in the area!

As always, the latest in event updates and announcements can be found on our Facebook page.

Celebrate Mom with Vino in the Valley

Moms…we love them, and heck, we wouldn’t be here without them. And, as we like to joke, we’re all the reason that they drink. So bring your mom down to Vino in the Valley to celebrate her day in a special way!

Join us Sunday, May 14, from 11 – 5pm (get your reservations in now for group of 10 or more… they’re going fast!). For Mom we’ve got free flowers, free chair massage, free dessert, AND a $10 gift card for their next visit to help celebrate 10 years in business! We’ll have wagon rides through the vineyard and entertainment by local favorites, Colleen Raye and family, on Sunday for all to enjoy!

Sounds like the makings of a great afternoon! Come on down, sip on a glass of wine, and enjoy some great fun and entertainment with Mom. She’ll love you for it!

Now Hiring for our 2017 Season

As we near the start of our 2017 season we’ll be looking for some new faces to join the Vino in the Valley family.

We’re seeking candidates for all positions, including dishwashers, runners/bussers, hostess, front desk and gift shop, who are enthusiastic and service-oriented. If you’re interested in joining our staff and working in a fun environment, please download an application here.

We will be setting up interviews starting at 8am on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Vino in the Valley.

And please, spread the word to friends and family you may know who are looking for a close-knit work family and rewarding food-service career.

Vino in the Valley Featured on ‘Only in your State’ Website

For those of you new to the ‘Only in your State’ website, it’s a network of state pages that help its visitors discover new and exciting things to do in their own state or across the country. Vino in the Valley appearing on the Wisconsin page is nothing new, we’ve appeared in several “top 10” articles such as, These 10 Little Known Restaurants In Wisconsin Are Hard To Find But Worth The Search, Try These 10 Wisconsin Restaurants For A Magical Outdoor Dining Experience, and 10 Restaurants You Have To Visit In Wisconsin Before You Die. But we’ve never had a feature dedicated solely to us, and believe us when we say, this is a BIG deal!

They posted the article to their Facebook page and the post received almost 1000 ‘shares’!

Here are some of our favorite highlights of the article…

We’re so happy they chose to spotlight this photo!

And included a shout-out to our friends at Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery.

And referred to us as unpretentious. (why, thank you!)

Reminded us that we need to do the S’mores Bar more often!

And showed off how we like to wrap up our evenings around here. A great group of friends, a glass of wine, and a bonfire under the stars. Perfection.

To read the article in its entirety, visit here: The Secluded Restaurant In Wisconsin With The Most Magical Surroundings

 

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ALERT: Schedule Changes for our Last Christmas Weekend

open-closedAs we shared earlier this week, the weather is looking frightful, and unfortunately that’s required us to make some changes to our schedule this weekend…

Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions, the horses will not be here for sleigh rides.

We’ll be open today, Saturday, December 17. However, due to extreme winds and wind chill temperatures tomorrow, Sunday, December 18, we are going to be closed.

Of course this weather is almost tropical for Santa and Mrs. Claus, so they will both be here today as planned, from 1-4pm.

So that means today will be our last day of the season for us here at Vino in the Valley. Thank you for your continued loyalty and support through the many extreme weather conditions this year… from scorching heat, to severe weather and associated damage, to extreme cold, we’ve had a heck of a year!

We’re now looking forward to a long winter’s nap… See you all in May of 2017!

End of the Year Blow Out Sale!

end-of-year-sale-12-16-1It’s time for our end of the year blow-out sale! It’s our way of clearing off the Gift Shop shelves to make way for new merchandise and wine for the 2017 season.

Receive 20-50% off all Gift Shop merchandise. PLUS… Buy 2 bottles of wine, get 1 free! Wine discount good on all inventory offered in the Gift Shop!

Now’s the time to stock up on your winter wine and holiday gift purchases! Visit the Vino in the Valley Gift Shop Saturdays & Sundays, December 10, 11, 17 and 18, 11am – 6pm.

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