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🍇 Wisconsin wines are grape
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Wollershiem Winery, near Sauk City, has its wine roots go back to the 1840s. | Photo via Wollersheim Winery
Wisconsin isn’t as well known for wine as it is for beer. You may be surprised to learn that more than 800 acres of grapes are grown in Wisconsin to produce wines at more than 100 wineries across the state.

Several of them are close to home.

Cambridge Winery, 600 Kenseth Way, Cambridge (with a tasting room in Madison at 1001 S. Whitney Way)
Distance from Madison: 20 miles
A constant state fair winner, the winery boasts such bottles as Founder’s Red, Snazzberry, and Sabrevois.

Campo di Bella, 10229 Sharp Rd., Mount Horeb
Distance from Madison: 35 miles
The small family-run winery is also an organic farm offering farm-to-table dinners. The winery’s current list includes a dry oaky white wine, reds, and a light Riesling. Note: seating is limited so call ahead. The winery doesn’t do wine tastings, though sells wine by the glass or bottle.

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Drumlin Ridge Winery’s vines include Marquette, Castel, and Osceola Muscat grapes. | Photo via Drumlin Ridge Winery

Drumlin Ridge Winery, 6000 River Rd., Waunakee
Distance from Madison: 10 miles
Located on a natural scenic drumlin near Waunakee, the family-owned operation prides itself on being a comfortable, relaxed destination to drink locally produced wine. The winery’s offerings include Bubbly Rose, Cranberry Blush, Frontenac, and a dry red.

Rock N Wool Winery, W7817 Drake Rd., Poynette
Distance from Madison: 25 miles
The family-owned 40-acre property used to have sheep upon it. The soil was very rocky. “I bet you understand the name now,” notes the owner Shaun Lapacek. Vineyards have replaced the sheep and wine flows freely inside their 100-year-old plus barn. Wines include dry whites, dessert wines, semi-sweet reds, and more.

Wollersheim Winery, Distillery, and Bistro, 7876 WI-188, Prairie du Sac
Distance from Madison: 30 miles
The beautiful property offers visitors a bevy of bevies. Popular wines include Prairie Blush, a semi-dry blush wine; Ice Wine, made from St. Pepin grapes frozen on the vines; and Domaine du Sac, a dry red. The property also has a distillery and bistro. Tours are available.

The Wisconsin Winery Association has a directory showcasing wineries throughout the state.
For those who imbibe, what is your alcohol of choice?

A. Beer
B. Cider
C. Spirits
D. Wine
Monday, Feb. 12
  • Level One Class Show | Monday, Feb. 12 | 7 p.m. | Broom Street Theater, 1119 Williamson St., Madison | $10 | Don’t improvise your night’s event planning, just attend this funny night of improv.
  • The Moth Madison StorySLAM | Monday, Feb. 12 | 7:30 p.m. | High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison | $17 | Listen to true stories, or share your own.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • The New Orleans Tribute Mardi Gras Party | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 6 p.m. | North Street Cabaret, 610 North St., Madison | $20 | Wear a mask, bring your beads, have a blast.
  • Country Pro Jam | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 7-10 p.m. | Red Rooster Madison, 2513 Seiferth Rd., Madison | $5 | Bring your own band, or just bring your instrument and jam with local country players.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Candlelight: Valentine’s Day Special | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 12:15-1:45 p.m. | Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr., Madison | $32.70 | Listen to Mancini, Puccini, and more with your special someone.
  • Family Valentine’s Day Pancake Dinner | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 6-7 p.m. | Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd., Madison | Free | A sweet time with your family can be had at a free family pancake dinner.
  • Galentine’s Day | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7 p.m. | High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison | $10-$15 | Grab your gal pals and listen to music and shop at the mini maker’s market.
Thursday, Feb. 15
  • The Red Flags | Thursday, Feb. 15-Saturday, Feb. 17 | Times vary | Verona Area Community Theater, 103 Lincoln St., Verona | $14-$17 | Come watch this world premiere production about love and desire.
  • Words with Nerds: Valentine’s Day Edition | Thursday, Feb. 15 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Crucible, 3116 Commercial Ave., Madison | $5-$15 | Listen to passionate, and embarrassing, stories from your neighbors.
Friday, Feb. 16
  • Black Denim | Friday, Feb. 16 | 8 p.m. | High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison | $17-$20 | Celebrate African American music listening to eight acts, including Lacouir Yancey, Doses, and Rick Flowers.
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News Notes
  • UW Health plans to open Eastpark Medical Center to patients in October. The facility, located across from East Madison Hospital, will be home to two dozen specialties, including cancer care, and will open in three phrases. Most areas will be operational by mid-November. (Channel 3000)
  • Hilldale will be adding three new businesses to its shopping center soon. Faherty, opening by the end of the month, will carry clothing with environmentally responsible fibers. Rowan will offer ear piercings by licensed nurses. Little Words Project is a jewelry company. Both Rowan and Little Words Project will open this summer. (In Business)
  • Score. Madisonians will be able to watch 10 Milwaukee Bucks games soon. The games are coming for free on over-the-air television in the Madison area. Viewers can watch them on WISC and TW. The first game will be on Friday, Feb. 23 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. (DeForest Times-Tribune)
  • A made-from-scratch school lunch pilot program started this week at Nuestro Mundo Community School. The Madison Metropolitan School District is considering expanding the program to other buildings in the district to improve the health of the meals being offered and student lunch participation. (Wisconsin State Journal)
Coming Soon
  • The World Championship Cheese Contest is returning to Monona Terrace. This year’s preliminary rounds will be open to the public. They take place March 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and will include cheese tastings. (Wisconsin State Journal)
  • Let the good times roll. Mardi Gras officially starts tomorrow. There are a handful of events in the city. Check out Greenbush Bakery, Bloom Bake Shop, and Clasen’s for sweet treats like King cakes and paczkis. (Channel 3000)
  • Discover a brighter financial future with Money Pickle, your gateway to personalized financial advice. Connect with vetted financial advisors, handpicked to provide fiduciary guidance that directly aligns with your goals for investments, retirement, and beyond. Schedule your complimentary video consultation.*
On this day
🏅 Going for gold
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Casey FitzRandolph with Senator Herb Kohl after the 2002 Winter Olympics. | Photo via Wikimedia Commons
On this day, in 2002, Verona’s Casey FitzRandolph won a gold medal and set a new Olympic record at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games in the Men’s 500-meter speed skating competition.

His inspiration growing up was Olympic speed skater Eric Heiden. Heiden, a Madisonian himself, won five individual gold medals and set four Olympic records and one world record at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.

Care to lace up some skates and hit the ice? Alas, there’s not much of it at Madison’s parks this year, but there are indoor options available that include open skates, classes, and more.
The Buy
Beats Studio Buds, because you deserve an earbud upgrade. The Beats buds use active noise canceling technology for an immersive sound experience. Bonus: They’re sweat and water resistant, aka your new best gym buddy.
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