My brother flew in from Georgia today for a brief surprise visit for our mother's birthday.
It was such a magnificent day, with temperatures reaching well into the 60s, that we decided to take a drive up the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway (the River Road to us locals) to check out the new Grafton Winery.
It did not disappoint. The winery opened in early December and is attracting and delighting new customers daily.
The well-designed facility offers expansive decks overlooking the Mississippi River. Glass doors on garage-style openers can be raised to create an open-air atmosphere throughout the building.
We sampled a variety of wines at the tasting bar before settling on Harbor Red, a terrific blend of Syrah, Cabernet and Zinfandel that tasted of dark fruits and raisins as it opened up in the fresh air.
As a bonus, the wintering American Bald Eagles soared overhead around the bluffs and perched in trees, looking for fresh fish snacks from the river.
The winery is adding a Brewhaus later this year, so the beer drinkers in your group will be just as happy as the wine lovers. Learn more by visiting the Grafton Winery's web site.