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Address: 723 South Clark, Utica, IL
Phone Number: 815-667-4012
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Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Great selection, nice tasting

Enjoyed tasting ($3 for six). Bought two bottles of a red with chocolate notes. Place is kinda small, have to stand for tasting. Nice new area outside in back with music. Always... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Davenport, Iowa
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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We used to enjoy stopping in the winery every year on our annual weekend in Starved Rock but the past 2 years have been less than pleasant experiences. The staff has been very rude to us and the wine is just average at best. Skip this winery and go to August Hill you will not be disappointed!

Thank Jen M
Davenport, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed tasting ($3 for six). Bought two bottles of a red with chocolate notes. Place is kinda small, have to stand for tasting. Nice new area outside in back with music. Always stop here to see what's new and revisit old favorites.

Thank beentheredonethatia
Chicago, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We passed Illinois River Winery on our way from Starved Rock to a different winery down the street, and decided to stop in for a tasting. For $3, you can sample six not-so-great wines (large selection, none that I tasted were worth purchasing). The decor isn't anything special, but the names of some of the wines were cute ("Born to... More 

Thank ChicBurbs
Fremantle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

We went for a wine tasting and sampled a number of the 'classic' wines, not the fruit flavoured varieties. The first wine supplied by the rather surly staff smelled like acetone and tasted bad, I suspected the bottle was old but then I did not like the following 3 samples of other wines either . A gang of ladies drinking... More 

Thank AtlantanHaggis
East Moline, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in after hiking and did a wine tasting . Price was only $3 for 6 tastings . There were several me and my husband liked . I'm more sweet and he is more dry wines. My favorite is the St. Nick. We also enjoyed a glass of wine on the back patio, they had live music . We really... More 

Thank jaredsgirl
Crete, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I came here on a Wed night. There was only one person working and there was 3 other couples also there doing tastings. We were waiting for a while. I was surprised I didn't care for a lot of the wines. The only one we liked and bought was the St. Nicks wine. The lady that was... More 

Thank Chrissy D
Palatine, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

This place was a fun stop on our trip to Starved Rock. It's a small building with a cute back patio where you can spend a few hours relaxing and drinking wine. We did the wine tasting which was 6 tastes for $3 which was an awesome value. Their wine is very good at a decent price. I prefer sweet... More 

Thank Nikush1441
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016

Wife and I did not find our stop-in here worthwhile. The gentleman serving wine was plenty friendly and knowledgeable but a nice guy pouring tiny samples of wine does not a destination make, we found. There are plenty of varieties of wine but nothing amazing and the one I liked best (Claret) was nearly a forty dollar bottle from a... More 

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

We visited during the Utica Winter Wine Walk and this place was rocking! We tried a large variety of wines and found quite a few that we liked. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating as we all were standing at the long bar waving our glasses. I have no doubt that you will find a wine you like here.

Thank gaspera
Putnam, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016

The staff were very friendly. A nice variety of wines to taste and purchase. If weather permits, the patio out back is lovely.

Thank suet22

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