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Crystal Lake area September wine tastings and events


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Besides football, school, and cooler temperatures, September rings in Illinois Wine Month. Festivals and tastings are plentiful this month. This is a great time to stop by a liquor store tasting or take a daytrip to a vineyard, winery, or festival in northern Illinois.

Binny’s in Lake Zurich is hosting a “Discover Washington” tasting on Thursday, September 17th from 6:30 to 8:30. As per usual, the cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Click here to become a member; it’s free. There will be over thirty types of wines from this area that is vigorously challenging California as the dominant producer of superb wines in the Northwest.

Cardinal Liquors is hosting a tasting Saturday, September 9th, from 1:00 to 5:00. This tasting is free of charge and super convenient.

For a larger-scale wine celebration, head to the Festival of the Vine in Geneva (forty-five minutes from Crystal Lake) from September 11th through 13th. From the Kids Patch, live music, and a gourd show, to the numerous wine tastings and dinners, this festival rings in the harvest uniquely.

Finally, the Vintage Festival of Illinois, at Starved Rock (about a two-hour drive), sponsored by August Hill Winery and Prairie State Winery, is September 19th and 20th. Delectable appetizers are served and a commemorative wine glass is included in the $15 ticket cost.

While all of these events occur just before the official first day of autumn, the crisp air has come early and the feel is in the air. Enjoy the flavors of Illinois Wine Month and the coming harvest by heading out to these local tastings and festivals.