For Father's Day, I got to choose what we would do, so I came up with two of my favorite things: hiking in a forest preserve and visiting a winery. We managed to do that pretty easily by driving less than an hour, ending up near DeKalb, IL.
Waterman Winery and Vineyards, in Waterman, were established in 1998 by three middle school teachers with agricultural, chemistry and social science backgrounds. They grow 12 acres of grapes with 40 varieties, mostly French-American hybrids, with a limited use of chemicals. The sustainable vineyard has much of the trellis system made of re-used materials, which definitely aligns with my environmental philosophy. The winery offers handcrafted, unique red and white, fruit, and seasonal spiced wines.
The visit also gave me an opportunity to work on my video skills, limited as they are at this point. I hope you'll enjoy the end result, viewable here, on our YouTube channel, or over on Vimeo.
Video montage of
Waterman Winery and Vineyards, Waterman, IL
The Prairie Ghosts, excellent band, song name is "Concussion." We'll be featuring them on future videos as well -- my wife's cousin leads the band, but even without that predisposition to like them, a great sound.
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