Home Is Where the Wine Is – As seen in Volume One

Home Is Where the Wine Is – As seen in Volume One

Co-owner Jean McIlquham chatted with VolumeOne about wine drinking during quarantine. Read more below!

As seen in Volume One

Erica Jones’ go-to wine is rosé – especially a crisp, semi-dry rosé with hints of raspberries and melon. While some of her favorite wines are Boogaloo from Dancing Dragonfly Winery, chardonnay, or perhaps even a lighter merlot, Jones finds joy in the happy in-between of a “deliciously pink rosé.”

Jones, a culinary student at Chippewa Valley Technical College, is just one of many locals who found herself enjoying wine during the challenges of isolating in place during recent months. And Wisconsinites haven’t been alone: During the nine-week period that ended May 2, for example, wine sales rose 30% nationwide, according to Nielsen, a global measurement and data analytics company.
For good reason, too. Snagging a glass of wine is a perfect way to kick back and relax – something many folks are finding is more necessary than ever during a time of global chaos and uncertainty.

“As the weather warms up,” Heather Rigby, a local media consultant, said, “I look forward to having a glass on the deck and listening to the birds in the trees at the edge of the property during the evening and getting lost in thoughts or reading a book. Otherwise, I’m fond of breaking out some olives, crackers, and cheese alongside the cribbage board with my spouse while we talk about whatever comes to mind.”

Rigby said she enjoys a variety of wines, such as a pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc. La Crescent from River Bend in Chippewa Falls is a favorite of hers; she likes to support local wineries – whether or not there’s a pandemic.

What wines are popular among local wineries, you ask?

“Any wine you can get your hands on!” said Jean McIlquham of Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard in Chippewa Falls. “Joking aside, we just released our new Pomegranate Zinfandel ‘Grateful Red,’ and people are loving it. It’s fruity and a little sweet and best served chilled.”

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard offers quite a variety of wines, according to McIlquham, including full-bodied drier reds, fruity red blends, crisp and dry whites, and everything in between.

Donna Sachs, owner of River Bend Winery & Distillery in Chippewa Falls, found the same trend when it comes to wine consumers: All wine is good wine.

“That being said, I do think the average consumer is being careful with their spending,” Sachs said, “and luxury wine brands – with bottle prices at or above $25 per bottle – are probably suffering.”

Out of all the wine brands available to consumers, most people choose their favorite brands, Sachs said.

“There probably isn’t a lot of experimenting going on,” Sachs said. “I think people are buying what they know.”

Or, as Jones says, what they love. Her best tip is to “drink what you love” – and not the kind of wine that makes you look like some kind of fancy wine connoisseur because you may find you don’t like that kind of wine.

But, that’s no reason to not try a new kind. If it’s not to your taste, you can always do what Rigby recommends: turn it into a pasta sauce, stew, or sorbet with fresh fruit.

Thank You for Voting us One of the Best in the Chippewa Valley!

Thank You for Voting us One of the Best in the Chippewa Valley!

 

Thank You for Voting us One of the Best in the Chippewa Valley!

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard is proud to once again have been voted one of the Best Winemakers and Best Wine Selections the Chippewa Valley, in Volume One’s Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll!

Autumn Harvest has been voted one of the Best Winemakers in the poll since 2012 when the category was introduced. Thank you to everyone who voted for us and supported us. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

Autumn Harvest Nominated in Best of the Chippewa Valley

Autumn Harvest Nominated in Best of the Chippewa Valley

It’s voting time!

We’re proud to have been nominated in FOUR categories in Volume One’s Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll! Thank you for your support year over year. We appreciate your votes!

Best Wine Selection: https://volumeone.org/bestof/324/questions/9507_best_wine_selection
Best Winemaker: https://volumeone.org/bestof/324/questions/9500_best_winemaker
Best Free Entertainment Option: https://volumeone.org/bestof/324/questions/9520_best_free_entertainment_option
Best Tour/Tourist Attraction: https://volumeone.org/bestof/324/questions/9560_best_tour_tourist_attraction

 

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

August 8th – Live Music with Steve Szydel!

Join us August 8th from 2p.m. – 5p.m to hear live music from Steve Szydel!

Steve not only performs cover songs but also writes his original tunes. Steve started his singing career when he learned how to play guitar at fourteen. He can sing, play an acoustic twelve-string guitar, the Porch Board, and a harmonizer. Steve writes songs that tell a story, and for the audience to relate to the story being told.

Steve’s first CD was recorded locally in Eau Claire and is titled Kountry Klassic’s with his wife’s voice featured. The album has ten cover songs and four original compositions. Steve’s second CD was finished in February 2014. It was dedicated to his son Seth titled, “Little Buddy” with proceeds going to charities in the area.

Feel free to bring a chair to this outdoor event.

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

August 15 – Live Music with Elsa Lee

Join us on August 15th from 2-5 p.m. to hear live music from Elsa Lee!

Since her early childhood, Elsa has been playing the piano and singing. In 2011 music brought Elsa to Minneapolis where she continued her education in performance, studio recording, and live sound. Elsa has also obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, which she uses to convey the principles of social justice and human rights through music.

We will have wine, cheese, and snacks available for purchase, so come, relax, and enjoy.

Feel free to bring a chair to this outdoor event.

No beverage carry-in allowed.

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

August 16 – Trivia!

Join us Sunday, August 16th at 2 p.m. for Trivia with DJ Trivia!

Bring your friends and compete to win Autumn Harvest wine of your choice!
The first place team wins 3 bottles of wine.
The second place team wins 2 bottles of wine.
The third place team wins 1 bottles of wine.

Registration starts at 1:30 the day of! Bring your crew and be ready to play!

September 12 – Live Music with Jerry Teclaw

Join us on September 12th from 2-5 p.m. to hear live music from Jerry Teclaw!


We will have wine, cheese, and snacks available for purchase, so come, relax, and enjoy.

Feel free to bring a chair to this outdoor event.

No beverage carry-in allowed.

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

September 13th – Yoga at the winery

Join Taylor Pelissero, RYT-200 yoga teacher, for an all-levels yoga flow and wine tasting at Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard in Chippewa Falls! 

Move your body in the beautiful Wisconsin countryside, then enjoy wine tasting, a glass, or bottle of wine on the patio! 

When: Sunday, September 13th at 3:00pm

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to setup your space and check in.

Where: Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard

Cost: $15 (Cash/Check/Venmo accepted on-site)

Includes 1-hour all-levels yoga class and wine tasting. You can taste the whole menu at Autumn Harvest Winery if you would like!

Please bring your own mat or towel. We will have plenty of room for social distancing!

September 19 – Live Music with Two Rivers

Join us Saturday, September 19 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. for live music with Two Rivers!

Two Rivers includes:
Sue Orfield / tenor sax
Gregg Wheeler / guitar, harmonica & vocals
Tom Weiseler / piano, guitar & vocals
Randy Sinz / guitar, bass & vocals

We will have wine, cheese, and snacks available for purchase, so come, relax, and enjoy.

Feel free to bring a chair to this outdoor event.

No beverage carry-in allowed.

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

 

September 26 & 27 – Fall Festival

September 26 & 27 – Fall Festival

Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 join us at our Fall Festival! Enjoy apple picking, a corn maze, live music, delicious food and much more! We will be open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. so grab your friends and family and make sure to stop by!

There will be an apple hunt! Whoever finds the fake apple in the orchard wins a free case of wine!

We will have wine, cheese, and snacks available for purchase, so come, relax, and enjoy.

Feel free to bring a chair to this outdoor event.

No beverage carry-in allowed.

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.