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By Jennifer Mital, Creekside Vineyards Winery & Inn
June 25, 2013 2 p.m.

2013 marks the 2nd anniversary of Creekside Vineyards Winery, the 4th anniversary of Creekside Vineyards Inn, and plenty of "fresh and flavorful" offerings, holding true to both the owners' vision and chosen slogan.

FRESH IDEA #1: Seasonal Terrace

"The Seasonal Terrace at the vineyard is the place to be," says Marketing Director Jennifer Mital. "Patrons enjoy flavorful wines, awesome music, and various special events." Word about Terrace Season has spread, as Creekside Vineyards has partnered with Indigo Wellness for Yoga in the Vineyard, Two Rivers Massage for Spa-licious Fridays, local musicians like Ellis Kell, Danika Holmes, Jordan Danielson, Lee Blackmon & others for Saturday afternoon performances, & artists like William Marsoun for art shows. New to this season is Open Mic Saturdays, which allows emerging musicians to perform for the crowd.

"Two of best comments we received are posted online," says Jennifer, "the Illinois Department of Tourism blogged Creekside Vineyards as 'the Quad Cities' hidden gem' & a FB friend commented that 'There's a little slice of heaven tucked right in Coal Valley.'" Picnics are welcome & private rental is available. Terrace hours: Weekends, May-Oct., 1-6.

FRESH IDEA #2: Creekside Vineyards Inn

Creekside Vineyards Inn is nestled in a 30 acre hidden valley between Pinnacle Golf Course and Arrowhead Ranch just south of the Moline Airport. "The inn's vineyard view, along with it being home to the Seasonal Terrace and close to the Quad Cities- yet a world away- makes it a popular place for travelers and natives alike," says Inn owner Beverly Mital.

The Inn now offers Golf Getaways with Pinnacle Country Club and Wine & Relax Retreats with Indigo Wellness. From vineyard trails, to golf, massage, and ski packages, the Inn offers indulgence at every level, & some peace and quiet to boot. The Inn is open year round.

FRESH IDEA #3: Winery & Tasting Room along Historic US Highway 67

"I have always had an affinity for old buildings," smiles winemaker John Mital. "Our revitalization of what was once a family diner and service station, connecting the Quad Cities with Macomb and St. Louis, has been warmly welcomed. My parents renovated an old building in Le Claire, IA in the 1990s, and when the Preemption building came up for sale, well, it was perfect." The Tasting Room opened November 2012, and passersby can watch the completion of exterior renovations on this historic 1940s building throughout 2013. Tasting Room hours are Th-Fri 3-7pm, Sat-Sun 12-6pm.

In terms of the wine, it speaks for itself. Last year Creekside Vineyards entered both the Illinois Wine and MidAmerican Wine Competitions. Nine medals were bestowed, including Gold. Creekside Vineyards also enjoys spreading good cheer at various non-profit and business events in the Quad Cities, from the RME Winter Wine Festival, to Hy-Vee's upcoming Food & Wine Experience in April and the Chamber's annual Schmooza Palooza this summer.


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