18 locations to pattern wine within the Madison space | Meals & Drink

Just a few years in the past whereas reporting a narrative about supper golf equipment in Wisconsin, I realized one thing stunning.

At many eating places, Wisconsinites had been ordering fewer outdated fashioneds and extra wine. Korbel was on the downswing. Cabernet was on the rise. 

For 2 months, Cap Instances photograph director and famous wine lover Ruthie Hauge hauled her cameras to the small city wine bars, tasting rooms, hidden manufacturing spots and scenic vineyard patios across the larger Madison space. 

She discovered many enomatic wine-dispensing machines, notably in suburbs. These are standard as a result of they provide small tastes, no want for hands-on pours and the promise of higher preservation. Pair a crisp riesling with reside music on the Wine Reserve in Oregon, or take a look at the renovated home at Nineteen09, an ideal spot for small non-public events. Toot + Kate’s in Verona serves snacky little pairings, like cheese boards, chocolate, olives and popcorn. 

For many who need some schooling with their pinot noir, Hauge noticed (and loved) tastings at retailers like Desk Wine, Barriques and Sq. Wine Firm in Madison, all of which provide deeper dives into particular person areas and forms of wine. 

For stunning views whilst you sip, take a experience or a drive to Wollersheim Vineyard in Prairie du Sac, go to the black tasting room kitty at Botham Vineyards, or calm down by the vines at Balanced Rock. 

Hauge even discovered some hidden gems. Flight Wine Bar has been open for lower than every week in Fitchburg. Odilon Ford is tucked close to a storage facility and an auto dealership in an industrial nook of Madison. Native glowing wine made throughout from a roofing contractor? Why not? 

Now we have a map of those alternatives to style and revel in wine, which you will discover right here. Cheers!

– textual content by Lindsay Christians, pictures by Ruthie Hauge

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A flight of staff-selected wine is pictured at Desk Wine in Madison.

Wine Bars

Suburban wine bars with enomatic dispensers are designed for small gatherings, with wine as an added bonus. Seize a glass or two after work with a buddy at Grape Water in Middleton, distinction a moscato with a chenin blanc at Purple and White in Waunakee, and calm down on the patio at The Tasting Room in Monona. Many of those bars supply restricted cocktails and beer as effectively, and most supply snacks.

Grape Water

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7466 Hubbard Ave., Middleton

Grape Water Wine Bar, opened by Nicki Prestigiacomo in 2017 in downtown Middleton, has two wine-dispensing machines and a comfortable residing room-like seating space. Snacks together with Salvatore’s pizza, charcuterie boards and chocolate. Outside seating is on the market on the entrance sidewalk.

Toot & Kate’s

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109 S. Important St., Verona

Toot + Kate’s Wine Bar was based in 2016 by two sisters, Megan “Toot” Clark and Katie Biechler, in addition to Katie’s husband, Ryan Biechler. This self-serve wine bar has further drinks and snacks obtainable on the seated bar. A seasonal patio presents extra seating out entrance.


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1909 Important St., Cross Plains

Nineteen09, below new possession as of this summer season, is a wine bar and small occasion venue in a historic 1850s constructing on the primary avenue via Cross Plains. Company can pattern wine from self-service wine machines or order snacks and drinks (together with a couple of cocktails in addition to non-alcoholic choices) from the bar. Beneath non-public upstairs rooms, a sunny stone atrium results in a big enclosed patio out again.

The Wine Reserve

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113 N. Important St. Oregon

The Wine Reserve is situated in a historic financial institution constructing in downtown Oregon and has a full bar and two self-serve wine machines. The bar hosts musicians on the spacious patio in good climate, in addition to indoors close to the bar. Latest and upcoming occasions embrace a tarot studying, a “charcuterie 101” class, a sugar cookie adorning workshop and “barre on the bar” on the again patio.

Purple & White Wine Bar

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331 E. Important St., Waunakee

Open since 2019, Purple & White Wine Bar and its massive, sunny patio is situated in downtown Waunakee. Company should buy each wine and bourbon from self-serve machines or on the bar. Guests also can pre-pay for a glass of wine for another person, then put up that particular person’s title on a “Mates”-themed sharing wall for them to redeem later.

Tasting Room

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800 W. Broadway #100, Monona

The Tasting Room moved from Monona Drive to its present location close to Buck & Honey’s on the Yahara River in 2019. It now includes a snug four-season patio and stays finest referred to as a cigar bar with a full humidor. The Tasting Room additionally presents a big choice of drinks and wine flights, in addition to particular occasions like tequila and cigar pairings.

Flavors! Wine Bar and Grand Corridor

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100 E. Important St., Solar Prairie

Flavors! Wine Bar and Grand Corridor is situated within the historic former metropolis corridor and library constructing within the downtown district of Solar Prairie. There’s a full bar and cozy seating space, full with board video games, at the back of the constructing, with a self-serve wine machine within the entrance. Guests can order flatbreads and appetizers on the bar.

Flight Wine & Bourbon Bar

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4893 Lacy Highway, #101, Fitchburg

Joyce and Steve Dieter, homeowners of the Wine Reserve in Oregon, opened their second wine bar in late June. Flight Wine & Bourbon Bar is situated in a brand new subdivision simply south of the Capital Metropolis Path and 9 Springs E-Method pure space. The bar options self-serve wine and bourbon machines, a full seated bar and non-alcoholic drink choices. The brand new bar additionally serves some meals, like truffle tots, flatbreads and charcuterie, and has a patio with 4 tables.

 Retailers that do tastings

To take a deep dive right into a geographic area, a selected grape selection or a single distributor’s portfolio, there isn’t any higher place to style than a wine store. Madison retailers like Barriques, Desk Wine, Leopold’s Books Bar Caffé and Sq. Wine Firm make schooling a part of their mission, with common tastings (and within the case of Desk, lessons too). Retailers like Cheesers in Stoughton simply wish to get folks prepared for summer season, sampling a couple of issues off the cabinets. A lot of wine shops do that — verify your favourite to see what occasions are arising.


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183 E. Important St., Stoughton

Cheesers is a cheese, wine and meat market in downtown Stoughton. On Thursday nights, the second ground of the historic constructing opens for wine tasting from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For $10, company can style two whites and two reds paired with artisan cheese from the downstairs market.

Sq. Wine Co.

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1 E. Important St., Madison

Sq. Wine Co., situated on the Capitol Sq. in downtown Madison for 11 years, sells a singular and eclectic number of wines. A handwritten record on a authorized pad by store proprietor Andrea Hillsey serves because the ever-changing menu for many who wish to order wine by the glass on the bar. Themed wine tasting occasions happen each Friday evening. Since room is proscribed, it’s best to RSVP on the store’s web site.

Desk Wine

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2301 Atwood Ave., Madison

Desk Wine, a retail store that lately moved to a brand new location on the east facet of Madison, focuses on rigorously curated, approachable wines chosen by store proprietor Molly Moran. Wine flights price $13 every and embrace 4 half glasses of wine. Wine by the glass can also be obtainable, and tastings and lessons are provided frequently. Discover an occasion calendar on Desk Wine’s web site.


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1825 Monroe St., Madison | 1901 Cayuga St., Middleton | 5957 McKee Highway, Fitchburg

Barriques, a espresso store, cafe and wine retailer with a number of areas within the Madison space, presents common wine tastings with themes like Spanish reds, prosecco with recent fruit, or international sauvignon blanc. Tickets for tasting occasions on the Monroe Road, Middleton and Fitchburg shops will be bought prematurely on the Barriques web site.

Leopold’s E-book Bar Caffé

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1301 Regent St., Madison

Leopold’s Books Bar Caffè is situated close to the College of Wisconsin-Madison campus, making wine tasting and studying accessible to a youthful crowd of drinkers. Scheduled “Wine Faculty” occasions have had themes like central Europe, “style and describe wine like a professional,” all American picks and “journey wines!” Common sommelier workplace hours with Leopold’s wine professional MJ Hecox are listed on Leopold’s web site.


Wineries in Wisconsin function in quite a lot of methods. Some make wines from grapes grown on their very own estates. Many buy their grapes and juice, both from in-state growers or extra prolific wine-producing states, like Washington, California and New York. Wine within the state is rising — as of 2019, Wisconsin is house to greater than 100 wineries. These are just some close to Madison.  

Wollersheim Vineyard

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7876 WI-188, Prairie Du Sac

Wollersheim Vineyard, Distillery and Bistro in Prairie du Sac seems like a wine nation trip vacation spot. The tiered patio overlooks vineyards and historic buildings on the property, which has been producing wine persistently since 1972. Now with a bistro and an hooked up distillery with its personal tasting room, Wollersheim Vineyard presents quite a lot of excursions and tastings. Some require reservations, whereas others are given on a walk-in foundation every single day of the week.

Drumlin Ridge Vineyard

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6000 River Highway, Waunakee

Drumlin Ridge Vineyard is situated within the hills on the outskirts of Waunakee. Wines are produced from estate-grown hardy Midwestern grapes like frontenac blanc, frontenac gris, adalmiina and marechal foch. Attempt a flight — three to 6 pours from an inventory of off-dry to Champagne-style wines. A big multi-level patio adjoining to the winery options shaded areas and a stone hearth.

Cambridge Vineyard

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1001 S Whitney Method, Madison | 600 Kenseth Method, Cambridge

Cambridge Vineyard makes wines from Wisconsin, California and New York grapes and serves tastings at two Madison space areas — one on Whitney Method, which additionally serves wine by the glass, and a bigger occasion house in Cambridge, the place tastings are scheduled occasions. Attempt wines right here produced from hardy grapes like petite pearl, marquette reserve, St. Pepin and brianna, in addition to Cambridge’s personal chardonnay, zinfandel, petite sirah and cabernet sauvignon.

Odilon Ford Vineyard

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4614 Femrite Drive, Madison

Odilon Ford has a small tasting room in an unassuming mild industrial a part of Madison’s east facet. Winemaker Jerrold Robaidek can also be a meteorologist on the College of Wisconsin-Madison, and he makes use of names from meteorology, like “nimbus,” for his glowing wines made with La Crosse, St. Pepin, petite pearl and prairie star grapes grown close to Inexperienced Bay. There’s a slim window for wine tastings, that are solely on Saturday afternoons.

Balanced Rock Vineyard

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1065 Walnut St., Baraboo

Balanced Rock Vineyard in Baraboo is roughly a one hour drive from Madison. This household owned vineyard sources grapes and different fruit (rhubarb, raspberries, apples, cranberries) from the Finger Lakes in New York, Washington’s Columbia Valley and northern Michigan, in addition to from Wisconsin. A big patio overlooks grapevines and a golf driving vary ($6 for a bucket of 40 balls). Test the web site for reside music, pop-up market days and bingo.

Botham Vineyards

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8180 Langberry Highway, Barneveld

Botham Vineyards & Vineyard in Barneveld produces estate-grown reds from grapes like marechal foch, in addition to extra obscure varieties like Léon Millot and Geisenheim. Guests can pattern the white zinfandel look-alike Badger Blush, a semi-dry vidal blanc and the property grown Purebred Purple, amongst others, two to 3 days every week relying on the season. Excursions will be scheduled prematurely ($10 per particular person). A spacious patio is adjoining to the purple barn that homes the tasting room and store.

Salud is an occasional column about wine, beer and spirits within the Madison space. To submit an concept for protection, contact meals editor Lindsay Christians at [email protected] or photograph director Ruthie Hauge at [email protected].

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