FREE Second Saturday Rescheduled for Sat, Sept. 5th In Memory of Andretti Indy Car Driver Justin Wilson – Sneak Peak at other upcoming events

justin wilson in memory ofJoin us at Grapes and Tastes on Saturday, September 5th for FREE Second Saturday (Rescheduled) from 3:00 – 5:00 pm – In Memory of Justin Wilson – Andretti Indy Car Driver – with a tasting of Andretti wines.  Justin died on Monday, August 24th from an injury sustained in the Pocono Race a day earlier.  Justin is survived by his Andretti Racing Family and his wife and two young daughters, and also his little brother who is going to continue in his racing career in honor of his big brother.  He will be dearly missed by all racing fans.

Sneak Peak at upcoming events – Jamberry Open House on September 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm; Simply Aroma Make It and Take It on September 15th at 6:30; FREE 3rd Thursday Beer Tasting with Potosi Brewery September 17th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Events for week of 8/17/15 – Simply Aroma & FREE Beer Tasting

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*Simply Aroma – Essential Oils – Make It and Take It Event – Slender Wraps & Weight Loss – Here at Grapes and Tastes on Tuesday, August 18th 6:30 Intro to Oils Information 7:00 Oils and Weight Loss Project – Make a spray bottle of slender spray. Use this to wrap your trouble areas. Cost $5 – Class is limited so please register early. Contact Peggy for more information or to register – Call or text 262-993-6314 or email at

*FREE Craft Beer Tasting with Pecatonica & Hopothesis Beer Company from Southwestern Wisconsin – 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Introducing Oktoberfest – We will have snacks out as usual.  Enjoy!


Events for Week of August 3rd – Grafton Ladies Night Out and FREE 2nd Saturday Wine Tasting

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Grafton Chamber of Commerce Presents – Ladies Night Out in Grafton, Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 4:30 – 9:00 pm – Bring your friends, sisters, mothers, daughters and join the FUN!! Fashion Show, Pedal Shuttle, Free give-aways from local businesses. $8 in advance Tuesday while the Chamber Office is open, $10 at Check-in. 4:30 Registration at the Arts Mill, 1300 14th Avenue. After 5:30 must go to the information booth at Wisconsin & Bridge.  Grapes and Tastes will be at Neighborhood #6 – Paramount Plaza – with our popular Cork Pull and $5 glasses of Lombardi Limonata and various wines. Cheers! Have fun and we will see you there!!

FREE 2nd Saturday Wine Tasting – “8 Wines from 8 Different Countries” – Saturday, 8/8/15 3:00 – 5:00 pm – Because the date is 8/8, we decided to take a trip around the world with 8 different wines from 8 different countries!  It was fun picking them out.  As usual we will have some snacks out.  Discounts on the wines tasted.  See you then!

Special NOTE:  The 2nd Saturday in September needed to be rescheduled due to some conflicts.  The 2nd Saturday tasting in September will be held on Saturday, September 5th from 3:00 – 5:00 (this is the FIRST Saturday and it is Labor Day weekend).

Grapes and Tastes Events for Week of 7/13/15

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Eernisse Funeral Home – Tuesday, July 14th 6:30 pm – Be our guest for Wine & Cheese – Enjoy wine and cheese while learning about the benefits of Advance Funeral Planning, followed by informal questions and answers. Tuesday, July 14th 6:30 pm at Grapes and Tastes – Please call Eernisse Funeral Home to reserve a seat for you and a friend, space is limited – 262-284-2601

FREE 3rd Thursday Beer Tasting – With Pearl Street Brewery – Thursday, July 16th from 6 – 9 pm – Come sample beers from Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, WI – meet one of their brewmasters and learn all about their beers.  We will have specials on 6 packs and we will also have snacks for your enjoyment.  See you soon!

FREE Second Saturday Wine Tasting – “American Indpendence” – All American Wines – July 11th 3 – 5 pm

IndependenceJoin us for our FREE Second Saturday Wine Tasting – “American Independence” is the theme – with all American wines from across the country – Saturday, July 11th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm – As always we will have discounts on all wines featured and we will have an array of snacks.  Also, this will be your last chance to see the “Art Pearings” art display on our wall with Marcia Gorra-Patek, Grafton High School Art Teacher.

Grapes and Tastes Events for Week of June 29th – OPEN 4th of July

untitledTuesday, June 30th from 7 pm until 9 pm – Join Peggy from Simply Aroma for a Make and Take Class with Essential Oils – Learn how to make a bug spray with Essential Oils and take home – $3 for Supplies – call Peggy at 262-993-6314 to register.

Saturday, July 4th Grapes and Tastes will be open our regular hours from Noon until 11 pm.  Come in for all of your picnic beverages and fine cigars.

Events Week of June 22nd – Eernisse Funeral Home/Strawberry Festival

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  • Eernisse Funeral Home – Thursday, June 25th 6:30 pm – Be our guest for Wine & Cheese – Enjoy wine and cheese while learning about the benefits of Advance Funeral Planning, followed by informal questions and answers.  Thursday, June 25th 6:30 pm at Grapes and Tastes – Please call Eernisse Funeral Home to reserve a seat for you and a friend, space is limited – 262-284-2601
  • Strawberry Festival Specials – Saturday, June 27th & Sunday, June 28th – Stop in at Grapes and Tastes and see us for all of our Strawberry specials and tastes – We are normally closed on Sunday’s, but we will be open from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sunday for all of you who would like some very special Strawberry wines. New this year is Bella Bellina Strawberry Moscato!

2nd Saturday Postponed until Saturday, Jan. 17th – In Memory of Harley Pals (Dan’s Pa)

Pa Honor FlightHarley Pals (Dan’s Pa and Sherrie’s Father-in-law) passed away peacefully Saturday, January 3rd.  We all celebrated his 90th Birthday this past May and what a blessing it was to have had that time with him.  This is a picture of Pa when he was able to go on the Honor Flight on May 2nd, 2010 with Dan.  Funeral plans are tentative, but it may be next Saturday, so we are postponing our Second Saturday wine tasting and we will hold it on Saturday, January 17th instead.  More details on that tasting to follow.

Great Grapes Club – Wine of the Month – Consumer Choices

wom 3It’s time for the consumer!  I’ve been proposing to make it personal.  Drink what you like.  Now it’s time for Great Grapes Wine Club members to get what you want.  Everyone else may wish to reconsider what’s been holding you back from joining our Great Grapes Wine Club.  Do you only drink red wine?  Are you tired of friends waiting for you to develop a “serious” palate and “grow out of” those silly sweet wines?  Forget that stuff!  Drink what you like.

Our thoughts on Wine Club, while we languish in our well kept secret “Wine Cellar”, had been leaning toward offering more choices once we grew enough in size to at least be ordering a case(s) of a particular wine.  That rationale was based on the economics of buying in bulk and getting the best value for our members.  Well, maybe we’ve been putting the cart before the horse.  What do you think?  We’ll continue striving for value, but it’s time we were more inclusive.  I propose we appeal to old and new members at 5 different memberships, all at the same price ($30 per month) and added value (free glass of wine each month).  When you sign up you will receive 1 bottle of a sparkling wine of our choice.  For your birthday month you will also receive a coupon for a birthday treat.  As the sign up sheet mentions, it’s also possible just one super-premium red might come as that month’s offering.

The first format is a dry white and a dry red (current format).

The second format would include 2 different dry reds.  If format 1 was just one super-premium red, format 2 would be the same for that particular month.

The third format would include 2 different dry whites.

The fourth format would include a dry white and a sweet white.

The fifth format would include 2 sweet wines – sometimes white and red, sometimes 2 white and sometimes 2 red.

We also have  some ideas on “Wine Club only” events and specials for the future.  Hopefully, we’ll have the necessary substantial growth and involvement needed to have a fun wine adventure for all!

Stop in to sign up, or email or call 262-376-1200



Great Grapes Wine Club Manager