The Italian Job (right here in Wisconsin)

The Italian Job (right here in Wisconsin)

My son Vinnie and daughter in-law Danni discovered a little slice of Italy right here in Wisconsin and we couldn't be more thrilled for them (and for us). Located on the coast of Lake Pepin, the Villa Bellezza winery offers everything one might expect in an Italian winery -- lush vineyards, a cobblestone courtyard, delicious [...]

On storms and the rainbows that follow

On storms and the rainbows that follow

The storms that converged on Wisconsin had been brewing all day. Weird cloud formations stretched ominously across a sky that sagged with hot, sticky moisture. So, no one was surprised when the alarms on our cellphones started pinging urgent warnings of impending weather. Then, the win whipped up and we all watched trees bending low [...]

Days of wine and sunflowers

Days of wine and sunflowers

Thanks to the owner/developer of one iconic Up North destination, we discovered another. Lee Bergsbaken, who rotated his crops six years ago and grew Wisconsin's prettiest Sunflower Festival, spent a little time chatting with us Saturday afternoon and urged us to check out the Hammen Family Orchard, Cider Mill and Winery. So, after a quick [...]