Wine & Food Pairing Weekends

11 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create three wonderful weekends of savory wine and food pairings.  We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples.

Is there anything more classic than the perfect wine paired with the right cheese?  Join us for a fun-filled weekend of cheese infused dishes that showcase how cheese can play the perfect supporting role to our award-winning wines.  This is a great weekend to explore different styles of Illinois wine with many different, delicious and comforting cheese/cheese infused dishes.


Cheese – Not a Solo Act | March 2-3, 2019




Pre-purchase your ticket online and select your starting point.  The first winery that you visit will give you a souvenir wine glass and your tasting ticket. Bring your ticket to each location along the trail to enjoy your pairings. Leave your completed/stamped tasting ticket at the last winery visited to be entered for a chance to win a great prize from one of our associate members.

Event Hours

Saturday, March 2. 2019 (11:00am-5:00pm) and Sunday, March 3, 2019 (12:30pm-5:00pm)

Event Ticket Covers Both Days

Winery Pairing Guide

Alto Vineyards:  Three Cheese & Chive Muffins & Tomato Bisque paired with Chardonel or Rocko Red.

Pomona Winery: Stuffed Mushrooms paired with Jonathan or Golden Oak Aged Reserve.

Owl Creek Vineyard:  Soft Pretzel served with Cider Cheese paired with Bald Knob or Hard Knocks Cider.

Von Jakob Vineyard:  Cheddar, Bleu Cheese & Bacon Macaroni & Cheese paired with Hillside White or Country Red.

Hedman Vineyards:  Four Cheese, Spinach, Artichoke & Water Chestnut Dip with Crackers paired with Villard Blanc.

Blue Sky Vineyard: Gorgonzola & Spinach Stuffed Spanakopita paired with Vintner’s Select or Rocky Comfort White.

StarView Vineyards: Lemon Cheesecake paired with Chardonel or Vidal Blanc.

Kite Hill Vineyard: Raspberry Cream Cheesecake paired with Rose`.

Feather Hills Vineyard:  Berry Cream Cheese Crepes paired with Saluki Blush or Chambourcin Reserve

Hickory Ridge Vineyard:  Cream Cheese Cowboy Caviar paired with Chambourcin Reserve or Herta’s Blush.

Honker Hill Winery: Lucas Brother’s Signature Cheeseball with Assorted Bread & Fruit paired with Villard Blan or Don’s Estate Dry White.


Prizes Include

Overnight stays at unique southern Illinois lodging, tickets to our next Wine & Food Pairing Weekend:  Midsummer Picnic Pairings and souvenir corkscrews.


Ticket Information

Ticket Information:  $35.00 per person. 

Designated Driver Prices:  $35.00 per person.  DD’s will receive food samples, a non-alcoholic drink at each winery, and the chance to win prizes.

Ticket Includes: One sample of wine and a sample dish that is chosen to pair perfectly with the selected wine at each of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wineries, one souvenir Shawnee Hills Wine Trail logo wine glass and entry into a drawing for fabulous prizes along the trail.


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Cheese-Not a Solo Act

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A $105.00 Value for Only $75.00


Cheese-Not a Solo Act | March 2-3, 2019


 Midsummer Picnic Pairings

August 3-4, 2019


 Autumn Inspirations

 November 2-3, 2019