Stroll, sip, nibble and enjoy live music at Wollersheim Winery & Distillery’s Port Wine Celebration Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in Prairie du Sac, Wis. It’s a scenic 20-minute drive from the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast. A great way to lift winter’s doldrums!
Taste the red and white Ports and other wines on a self-guided tour to see how Wollersheim makes its Port wines in a modern fermentation facility and ages them in barrels in its historic underground aging cellars.
See the winery’s original Portuguese copper-pot still that viticulturalist and winemaker Philippe Coquard uses to produce brandy, which he adds to the young Port wine to stop the fermentation process.
Coquard shares how he makes several types of Port wine. Besides the red and white Ports, Wollersheim produces a Tawny Port, a red Port aged in American oak barrels to reflect more local terroir, and aged longer than the red Port. He'll likely also discuss the new distilled spirits and winery history.
Purchase a light Port-plate featuring Porto Duet, a handcrafted Carr Valley Cheese made with sheep’s milk and Wollersheim Red Port wine, or a six-year aged cheddar, a chocolate truffle, locally made bread, almonds and fresh fruit. The Port plates are available with or without a glass of Red or White Port wine, and while supplies last.
Also try a special winter-tonic cocktail with Wollersheim’s White Port, Pear Eau de Vie and tonic water.
In the historic Sugarloaf Room upstairs enjoy a favorite local band yet to be announced for 2019.
Purchase Port Library wines, older vintages of Wollersheim Ports that have been carefully stored in the aging library, available in limited quantities only during the celebration. Also browse the winery gift shop.
Admission is free. Learn more at www.wollersheim.com.
Wollersheim Winery on state highway 188 is one of the designated winter eagle-viewing areas in Sauk Prairie. Some eagles now breed and nest in the area, giving you glimpses of them soaring over the winery year-round.
Book a seat now on the one-hour Eagle Watching Bus Tour at 10:00 a.m. Jan. 26, hosted and guided by Ferry Bluff Eagle Council volunteers with stops at ideal viewing locations, one with a spotting scope. Seats sell quickly. Call the Cedarberry Inn in Sauk City at 608-643-6625 to reserve, tickets $5.00. Tours occur Saturday mornings Jan. 5–Feb. 26, 2019. Learn more at ferrybluffeaglecouncil.org.
Jan. 27, 2018: Scavenger Hunt at Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Pick up your clues at the north shore’s Nature Center five minutes west of the Inn and work as a team to hike the park’s trails to complete this challenge. A GPS unit is needed for some of the finds, bring yours or borrow one from the Nature Center. Bring your camera, too. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail SusanA.Johansen@wisconsin.gov with questions. Before you come buy an annual 2017 Vehicle Admission Sticker online from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks HERE, where you can also donate to help keep the parks open. Or buy a day pass or annual sticker at the park entrance. www.devilslakewisconsin.com
Jan. 28, 2018: Vitaly Beckman: An Evening Of Wonder at the Al. Ringling Theatre, 136 Fourth Ave., in the Downtown Baraboo Historic District, 2:00 p.m. An innovative illusionist who sees wonder in the world and turns it into an unforgettable theatrical experience. From bringing photographs and paintings to life to making audience members disappear from their own driver’s licences, even the most jaded illusionists have declared Vitaly’s show as some of the most incredible and impossible magic ever witnessed. Come enjoy a performance in the newly restored 100-year-old America’s Prettiest Playhouse. Purchase tickets $27.00 general admission, $32.00 preferred, $37.00 premium and $47.00 box seats and learn more at www.alringling.com or call 608-356-8864. $2.00 of each ticket is for restoring the theatre.