Drinking local for wine and spirits
Suburban aficionados of wine and spirits may want to think about drinking local in 2016.
While suburban wineries have been around for a while, distilleries are relative newcomers to the scene. Experts say Illinois is part of a national craft distillery boom because of changes in state laws more favorable toward the industry, and drinkers wanting something different.
Here are some places to check out:
Copper Fiddle Distillery
532 W. Route 22 in Lake Zurich, (847) 847-7609 or copperfiddledistillery.com
One of the highlights at this Lake Zurich distillery is Fiddle Gin, which is produced to be softer and more flavorful than the usual London dry. Copper Fiddle also has a Tom gin and a bourbon whiskey. As for entertainment, the tasting room has live music on weekends.
Fox River Distilling Company
204 Dearborn Court, Geneva, (630) 402-0027 or foxriverdistilling.com
Similar to Copper Fiddle, Fox River boasts of its small-batch Preservation Gin. Fox River Distilling gives the gin a good dose of juniper and evenly balances it with other botanicals. Tours, a tasting room and a monthly open house with extended hours are available at the distillery.
Lynfred's flagship Roselle location is at 15 S. Roselle Road, where you can visit the original tasting room, gift area and production facility. In addition, the Roselle property has a bed and breakfast, as well as special events with food and wine pairings. Fred's Red and Fred's White are a couple of the business' popular selections. lynfredwinery.com or (630) 529-9463.
Valentino Vineyards and Winery
5175 Aptakisic Road, Long Grove, (847) 634-2831 or valentinovineyards.com
Set on a 20-acre estate where about 25 varieties of grapes are grown, Valentino offers tastings and wine appreciation seminars. The wine list includes pinot grigio and a reserve Chianti.
Village Vintner Winery and Brewery
2830 Esplanade Drive, Algonquin, (847) 658-4900 or thevillagevinter.com
Handcrafted wines await those who are into the grape. Village Vintner also has house-made beer available in a tasting room separate from the main bar and restaurant.