My husband and I had such a good time on a recent visit to LeClaire, Iowa. In just a few blocks stretch of Cody Road along the Mississippi River there are so many little shops, eateries, tasting rooms. You could easily spend a whole day just walking the strip and shopping and sipping. And there are some adorable guest houses for rent if you decide to make it an overnighter. One guest house is above the Wide River Winery, which we stopped in for a little tasting. The LeClaire location is one of three (others are in Clinton and East Davenport.)
We happen to be visiting on a Friday night when there was live music on the patio. It was the perfect setting for a summer evening - sipping wine within view of the river with a light breeze blowing and live music playing in the background.
We did a little sampling while we were there of a few of the 15 or so wines that were available. The winemaker, Dorothy O'Brien, is an attorney and each of the wines has a law-inspired name. After tasting a few, I decided to buy a bottle of "Sweet Justice" to bring home. It's a sweet red that tastes like a fruity grape juice that you could sit and sip and sip and sip.
Wide River Wines are also available for purchase online. For more information, visit WideRiverWinery.com.