Date Night With Jeff-“Vino in the Valley”

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“In Europe we thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also a great giver of happiness and well being and delight. Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary.”
~Ernest Hemingway ‘A Movable Feast’

Hello friends!

I decided to add a new category to my blog called “Date Night With Jeff” that will probably end up being a restaurant review some of the time too.

We use to do “date night” once a week, but now it ends up being about once a month that we get the opportunity to go out ‘sans children’. Even if we just go up to the local wine bar for a glass of wine and an appetizer, we always have a good time and enjoy the uninterrupted conversation 🙂

I was going through some of my pictures from a couple summers ago and decided to make our “Vino in the Valley” date my first post in this new category.

Vino in the Valley is an open-air restaurant located between Ellsworth and Maiden Rock Wisconsin, about an hour from the twin cities. The setting is absolutely gorgeous, a midwest vineyard surrounded by gorgeous bluffs in the Rush River valley.

They offer a stellar wine list, and the staff leads everyone in a round of “That’s Amore” during dinner which we thought added a festive mood to the romantic atmosphere.

Unfortunately, I can’t say we were that impressed with the food. It was pretty mediocre for the price. To be fair, we were only there once and we may have just visited on an ‘off’ night. Because everything else was so beautiful, we’re going to give the restaurant the benefit of the doubt and try it again.

Over all, it was a fantastic date night with my hubby…

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We arrived about an hour before our reservation time and enjoyed a glass of wine at the bar before we were seated…

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Pretty gazebo just outside the open-air dining room

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The vineyard

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Jeff

(behind him you can see a group gathered around one of the little campfires where guests are welcome to linger over after dinner drinks)

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Me (a little sunburn and wine making me look extra ‘rosy’) 🙂

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Where do you like to go on date night?

XO,

Melissa

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