Well folks, it was a boring, mid-March Thursday evening and I wanted to get out of the house. That is what led to our date night at Lost Island Wines, a winery in Onalaska, Wisconsin—only six minutes from my house! Good or bad discovery…yet to be determined.
I have some serious winery goals to achieve this summer, and what better place to start than a tropical-themed winery during the middle of the chilly Wisconsin March?
I didn’t even know this winery existed until yesterday. A random search of “wineries near me” gave me my starting point for my winery bucket list: Elmaro Winery in Trempealeau, Branches Winery in Westby, River View Winery in La Crosse, DNA Vintners in La Crosse, Vernon Vineyards in Viroqua, Wine Sitters Brew House in Holmen, and Lost Island Wines in Onalaska.
It’s technically Lost Island Wines and Skeleton Brew Crew—they brew their own beer too! And I will definitely be back to try a flight when the time is right.
Love the tropical, beachy vibe they have going on there. It was a mini escape from the cold spring for me. I can’t wait to try their outdoor seating in the summer when they have live music. Really friendly staff and the owners made an effort to chat with us before we left. I was impressed by the number of different wines and beer they offered: over 40 different flavors of wine and craft brews.
For tasting options, you can try three for free or six for $5. And then if you buy a bottle of wine (which I did), your tasting is free. Which rocks. Me and my fiance each got 6 for $5, and then we tried to each get different wines so we could sample a variety of what they had to offer.
We stuck to their semi-sweet list this visit. If you are a sweet wine drinker, you will love this place. So many fruity options in white, red and rosé. My favorite wine ended up being their most popular wine, Red Raspberry Dragon, a rosé with flavors of dragonfruit and raspberries. That’s the bottle I bought. And you can purchase it at local Festival Foods. Check out their website for peak at their lengthy wine list!
All in all, we had a great experience, a fun, easy date night, and we plan to be back soon! Check back again soon for more wino posts as I check of my winery bucket list this summer!