Schorr Lake Vineyard & Winery
1032 South Library Street
Waterloo, IL 62298
What a beautiful day the Midwest Winery Gals were blessed with!! Fall colors everywhere and the sun shining, nothing like a perfect winery day!! Well, pretty much that’s any day but today was picturesque!!
We traveled Route 3 South of Interstate 64 towards Waterloo, IL. Fall is a beautiful time of year in southern Illinois! Especially when you turn onto the country road that takes you to Schorr Lake Winery. You first pass a vineyard on left then the fence and entrance!! It’s very inviting and warm. I commented how it looked as if one time it was a home transformed into a winery. You get to see the large red building which is where they make the wine, then there were a flock of the largest geese I’ve ever seen laying with their heads tucked in right next to a beautiful large white dog. It was all so beautiful and peaceful and yes out in the country outside the winery. To help with those of us that get confused easily there is an iron trellis that says winery.
Amenities & Staff:
We walked onto a large scenic patio with alot of seating, an additional lower deck and a upper balcony. Very spacious and perfect place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine on this beautiful day! There is enough room to have a bachelorette, birthday or any special event outside while enjoying each other and nature. Then inside we were greeted by two very helpful and pleasant bartenders and they were pretty knowledgeable about the wine. We felt right at home with their wonderful hospitality! There was plenty of room inside for a group meeting, small gathering or private event. Beyond the tasting room was an additional room with 8′ long tables, this could even be a good place to drink wine and meet friends in the winter. They had a small gift shop that offered wine related items and themed accessories, gift baskets, gift certificates & a clean bathroom which is always a bonus in my book!!
During our wine tasting which was free of charge, they offered 30-40 different wines. You could help yourself to water and crackers which is always a nice gesture. I also noticed they offered microwave popcorn and 12″ pizza and even welcomed you to bring your own picnic to enjoy with the wine.
2009 Cayuga – semi dry, light, crisp, and refreshing, but I was in the mood for something sweeter today! So onto the semi sweets which started at 4% sugar and went down to 3%.
2011 Vidal Blanc which was also light and crisp but had an interesting flavor that I couldn’t put my finger on. But I enjoyed it which I usually do enjoy a good Vidal Blanc.
High Prairie Blush which was very similar in color, smell, and taste to a White Zin. I wasn’t a huge fan but maybe because I was in the mood for sweetness?
2008 Vignoles was again light and crisp and golden in color a great fall day wine!
2008 Traminette had a great citrus smell, was light bodied and smooth.
Fredonia, which I had never heard of and which we were told is a unique grape to this area, had a very light Zin like fragrance with a sweat tart taste. It hit my pallet first sweet then tart, a surprise to what I associated the smell with.
2001 Golden Muscat was a very golden color, a little heavier bodied wine, crisp, and just a hint of the sweetness I was looking for today. But I ventured on to dip into the sweet wines a little.
2002 Delaware which was 6% sugar was very light in color, smell, and taste to me. I was told they use this in the slush they offered called the Lime a Rita and the Blueberry Pomegranate, which I was more of a fan of.
2011 Raspberry Kiss & Strawberry Kiss both contain heavier flavor additives, the taste to me was not as good as having the fresh fruits in them.
2010 Old Fashion Concord smelled like Concord but didn’t have the dominating, Concord taste they typically do.
Lastly they have a variety of fruit wines, the Peach, Blackberry Vidal and Ice Wines were sold out, but I did try the Blackberry Port, which I’m not a port drinker, I have to say it was very tasty!! The bartender told me it was 18-20% alcohol and lighter than a typical port and very crisp definitely a sipping wine per Lynn.
2003 Raspberry wine was very sweet and heavy, seemed to be more like a dessert wine. I was intrigued to see a 2010 Pepper Wine, which you’re welcomed to sample but it’s marketed primarily for cooking. Since I’m not a cook I left it there for the more experienced kitchen experts.
Chrissy’s Crushes: Since I was in the mood for something a little sweet I went with the Golden Muscat and the Vidal Blanc, both were perfect for enjoying the deck on a fabulous fall day while music on the radio played in the background and groups of friends gathered and animals roamed free.
I would definitely come back!
Chrissy’s Score: THREE GLASSES!!
At Schorr Lake Winery, the Midwest Winery Gals had the opportunity to enjoy about 20 wines together! Holy Cow! They had a lot to offer. Tastings were free as well. The bartender was courteous and informative. She helped us quite a bit. The wine server told me that ALL the wines across the board are 12% alcohol except one.
There bottle prices ranged from $9.95 to $19.95 (most were in the $10.95 to $13.95). Most glasses were $5 except the Chambourcin which was $6. Scores: 1 to 5 glasses…5 being best.
Vidal Blanc – 2011- 0% sugar, clear, light bodied, dry, lingering finish
Seyval – 2011- 0% sugar, dry white, light
Vignoles – 2010- 0% sugar but tasted a little sweeter, golden color, light bodied, very tasty
Sunset Red – 2011 –Chambourcin aged in stainless steel tanks, 0% sugar, fruity but lighter
Schorr Lake Red –2008- Chambourcin and Cynthiana grapes, started sweet, WOW! A mouthful of flavors, peppery, long finish
Chambourcin – 2006 –Aged in American Oak, ruby color, berry smell, black currants, heavy bodied, won a bronze award. This is the one I ended up with.
Cynthiana -2000 – aged in American Oak , 0% sugar, smells of pepper, brownish ruby – you could tell it was an older wine by the color, heavy bodied, nice finish – light on tannins.
Cayuga – 2009 -1 1/2 % sugar, semi dry white, clear, nice & smooth
Marquis -2010 -1% sugar, semi dry, light bodied, nice finish
Fredonia – 2011 – Mostly grown in the North Eastern part of the US, rare around Waterloo but they grow it on their estate, semi-sweet red, 3% sugar. They call it a sweet tart because it starts off sweet and then you get the tartness.