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Road Tripping: Lynfred Winery (Part 2)

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Oct 28, 2009 6:00PM

There's more to Lynfred Winery than being the state's largest and oldest continuous operating winery. Its expansion eight years ago involved expanding their tasting room and retail operations to include a bed and breakfast that makes for a beautiful daytrip. Marketing Director Christina Anderson-Heller took me for a tour of the operation while we waited for Winemaker/GM Andres Basso to show me the winemaking plant.

The first thing you notice is all the beautiful wood. Anderson-Heller said that Lynfred employs a full-time carpenter to keep the winery looking tip top. The seating and tables in the winery's VIP tasting room is made from reconditioned wine barrels. Each of Lynfred's four B&B rooms is themed and comes with wood burning fireplaces and water jet bathtubs.

Lynfred's kitchen was the surprise of the visit. Executive chef Chris Smith has had a professional relationship with Fred Koehler dating back to their days at Itasca Country Club. Sous chef Joe Hetman previously worked with Michael Maddox at Le Titi de Paris in Arlington Heights. In addition to baking fresh breads and preparing food for the B&B guests, the two chefs host cooking classes, dinners and an "epicurean experience" pairing six of Hetman's hors d'oeuvres with different wines for $25 ($20 for Lynfred Wine Club members).

Be sure to check out yesterday's installment of our visit to Lynfred Winery, listen to Karl's chat with Christina Anderson-Heller from September regarding the liquor tax increase, or go into the wayback machine and check out Chicagoist's previous coverage of Lynfred.