One of my resolutions this year is to spend more time with the hubs and to really stick to having a monthly date night. I had heard about Lynfred Winery–yes, a real winery in the suburbs–and was intrigued. So off we went to Roselle to enjoy a much needed date night. And you know what? It was perfect!
If you go
15 S. Roselle Road
Roselle, IL 60172
Our visit started with the Epicurean Experience–six bite-sized appetizers thoughtfully paired with a white, a red and a dessert wine. Guests are treated like family at Lynfred Winery, so it wasn’t a surprise to see everyone seated at a community table fit for eight. The friendly staff, along with the chef, are on hand to describe the appetizers and accompanying wine in full detail. As much as I wanted to inhale the food, I went to great lengths to savor each bite. Among my favorites were the Eggplant Gratin with Béchamel and Gruyere paired with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Others at the table were also fans of the dish even though they normally didn’t like eggplant. Chef Celeste’s take on green eggs and ham was spot on with Black Forest Ham egg cups, kale and an unexpected pop of sweetness from golden raisins. The fudge brownie made with dark cocoa was out of this world, and paired with the not-so-sweet pear wine was pure heaven. I could go on and on about the food, but unfortunately for you, dear readers, their menu is never repeated. Can you imagine that?
To complete our experience, we joined the complimentary winery tour with Greg, their resident sommelier. It was fascinating to learn more about the winery’s history and I loved learning tidbits about wine. For instance, the winery was named after the original founders Lyn and Fred. Did you know that foil is used to cover corks so mice don’t bite through them? I also learned how the winery strives to produce the best product they can by buying the best fruit possible. It’s success shows with their mantles full of awards. Even Charlie Trotter was a fan of Lynfred wines and served them at his restaurant.
There are other ways to enjoy the winery besides the Epicurean Experience and a wine tour. Cheese and wine more your thing? Head to the VIP room where you can sip on a flight of wine, try an assorted cheese plate and munch on assorted breads and focaccia. To truly experience Lynfred’s charm, stay the night at the B&B and wake up with a delicious breakfast prepared by Chef Celeste.
It’s time you visit this award-winning winery. Go ahead, have that date night you’ve been meaning to go on.