I can think of almost nothing better than some wine, a Summer breeze and someone lovely to share that wine with you.

So many flavors, so many great people devoted to the craft and so much good weather in front of us. A couple of these wineries are a short drive from Rockford, but well worth it.

McEchran Homestead Winery 1917 Wyman School Rd Caledonia, IL

My girlfriend and I visited this winery just the other day. Such a great story behind this wonderful place. We tasted every wine they make and bought several bottles. When you visit, make sure you try the wine slushies. Trust me.

D.C. Estate Winery 8877 E State Line Rd, South Beloit, IL

Special events all Summer long, keep checking their schedule for updates.

For days and hours, click here.

Famous Fossil Vineyard & Winery 395 W. Cedarville Rd. Freeport, IL

Famous Fossil via Facebook

Tastings, tours, festivals and more. Click here.

NorthLeaf Winery 232 South Janesville Street Milton, WI

Northleaf Winery

Tastings, music and more. Click here.

Prairie State Winery  222 W Main St, Genoa, IL

Tastings, painting events, and blues & bloodies. Click here for more info.