As seen on WEAU 13 News – Savoring the Arts for the Heyde Center

As seen on WEAU 13 News – Savoring the Arts for the Heyde Center

Co-owner Jean McIlquham is on the Savoring the Arts Online Auction committee for the Heyde Center for the Arts/Chippewa Valley Cultural Association’s Savoring the Arts fundraiser, and she was on WEAU 13 News sharing details about the event!

More information for the online auction and Savoring the Arts event on April 22nd can be found on the Heyde Center website and Facebook page. Auction items include tickets to the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, local stay-cations, original works of art, and much more, including a patio party at the Autumn Harvest!

April 29 – Opening Day

April 29 – Opening Day

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard will open for the 2017 season on Saturday, April 29!

Join us from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help us celebrate the beginning of another great season at Autumn Harvest!

Fire Truck Pizza will be serving up wood-fired pizzas that go perfectly with a glass (or bottle) of wine, and we will have live music from 3-5 p.m. from Jerrika Mighelle + QuinnElizabeth!

Jerrika Mighelle began playing music with her sisters in the Eau Claire band, QuinnElizabeth, where she has developed her stage presence over their past 10 years of performing. As a solo performer she has created a sound separate from her QE roots that reflects self discovery, love and loss, and life’s big questions. A Jerrika Mighelle show is not just about her music as she also provides an authentic experience through her style of honest, playful, and lighthearted banter that makes you feel that you are old friends. Every show is a truly unique experience that leaves you smiling.

Eau Claire’s sister trio QuinnElizabeth is known for their tight harmonies and goofy on stage banter. They have been writing and playing music together most of their lives, developing a distinct sound that is all their own.  They are folk meets soul with lots of love and lots of fun.

We’re the exclusive wine sponsor of the 2017 Eaux Claires festival – June 16-17

We’re the exclusive wine sponsor of the 2017 Eaux Claires festival – June 16-17

We’re very excited to announce that we will again be the exclusive wine sponsor of the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, June 16-17! According to their website, Eaux Claires is “a two-day, multi-stage experience featuring live music, performance art, visual art, food and more.”

This year’s lineup has been released on their website and features Paul Simon, John Prine, Bon Iver, Wilco and many more.

The festival is held at Foster Farms in Eau Claire. Passes are on sale now, and we look forward to seeing you there for great music, amazing art and a weekend full of local goodness, like Autumn Harvest wine!

We’re the official wine sponsor of the Blue Ox Music Festival – June 8-10

We’re excited to announce that we will again be the exclusive wine sponsor of the Blue Ox Music Festival on June 8-10. We had a great time last year and can’t wait to “Dance Our Grass Off” with you all again!

This is the outdoor Bluegrass, Roots, and Americana music festival’s their year. Held at Whispering Pines Campgrounds in Eau Claire, it’s sure to be a fun weekend full of great music. Follow us here and on our Facebook page for updates on the festival.

As seen on WEAU 13 News – Wine Pairing Tips for the Holidays

As seen on WEAU 13 News – Wine Pairing Tips for the Holidays

As seen on WEAU 13 News:

Quite simply, wine selection for a holiday party can be overwhelming. Make it easy on yourself and go right to you local wine section. It won’t limit your choices, it will save you time and make the process easy!

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If you’re cooking beef, steak or stew, match the intensity of the food with that of the wine. If you’re serving beef or steak or a hearty stew, grab a Merlot or Cabernet with stronger tannins. Italian food can be great with a Pinot Noir, which is usually medium-bodied and less intense. Do not chill. Chicken, seafood, or soups would be enhanced by a lighter white wine like a non-oaked Chardonnay, Riesling or Pinot Grigio.  Serve chilled.

We all have cookie platters this time of year and is paired well with a sweet or semi-sweet Riesling like Northern Lights.  You can never go wrong with a nice Moscato. You can also leave that out for cheesecake and pie!

I total agree with Michael on Facebook that a red semi-sweet fruit blend like Blue Heaven goes nicely with dark chocolate covered pretzels, or this red wine fudge recipe we just put on our Facebook page!  You use 2 tablespoons of red wine and bring the rest of the bottle with you to serve them together. It’s an easy last-minute recipe if you need something to bring to your holiday gathering!

June 8-10 – We’re the official wine sponsor of the Blue Ox Music Festival

June 8-10 – We’re the official wine sponsor of the Blue Ox Music Festival

We’re excited to announce that we will again be the exclusive wine sponsor of the Blue Ox Music Festival on June 8-10. We had a great time last year and can’t wait to “Dance Our Grass Off” with you all again!

This is the outdoor Bluegrass, Roots, and Americana music festival’s their year. Held at Whispering Pines Campgrounds in Eau Claire, it’s sure to be a fun weekend full of great music. Follow us here and on our Facebook page for updates on the festival.

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As seen on WEAU 13 News – Channel your wine knowledge

As seen on WEAU 13 News – Channel your wine knowledge

As seen on WEAU 13 News’ Hello Wisconsin Newscast:

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) — The leaves are beautiful right now, the air is crisp, and there are some gorgeous evenings ahead. We know nothing goes better than a great dinner party than wine, but are you doing it right? We have a winemaker in here today, to help us channel our wine knowledge!

Jean McIlquham is the Owner of Autumn Harvest Winery joined Hello Wisconsin and she joined the show to help us hit the high points

Jean, if we’re investing in wine, what should we know about properly storing it so it doesn’t go bad?

Jean discussed the proper temperatures for storing both white and red wines. For white wines, she recommends taking it out of the refrigerator 20 minutes ahead of serving time. You can try tasting one that was pulled out right away and one that waited the recommended amount to recognize the taste difference.

As seen on GO Chippewa Falls – The Chippewa Falls Ultimate Fall Bucket List

As seen on GO Chippewa Falls – The Chippewa Falls Ultimate Fall Bucket List

As seen on GoChippewaFalls.com:

The Fall is ultimately my favorite season. The weather is cooler, the food is tastier, the fashion is cuter, and the holidays are better. In Chippewa Falls, we want you to be able to experience everything the autumn season has to offer. I’ve compiled my personal GO-to list of 25 Fun Fall Festivities to help you get the most out of Chippewa Falls. Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures doing these activities and tag us #GoChippewaFalls! You could be featured on our social media pages!

We’d love to hear what your Fall Must-Do traditions, send us a message!

Until next time, Chippewa Falls!

-Ally