Winter getaway special
We're eager for spring but the waning weeks of winter are a perfect time for a romantic winter getaway. Not only can you enjoy Brambleberry's unique artisanal Wisconsin winery (guests receive free wine tasting) but you can relax in our award-winning Wisconsin bed and breakfast. Right now, we're offering our Wisconsin winter weekend cabin fever getaway special, where you save $20 off a one-night stay in any room -- even our romantic whirlpool rooms through March 24! Enjoy a glass of wine in front of a crackling fire.
The Green Pippin is back
One of our popular wines -- a blend of apple and riesling called The Green Pippin -- is back in stock. Come and enjoy this and many other wines which are for sale. Winter tasting room hours are Saturdays from noon to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. We also serve delicious cheese trays and homemade pizzas.
A green St. Patrick's Day dessert
Speaking of green, here's a delicious recipe that's both green and chocolate. It's been one of our guest favorites since we opened in 2007.
Chocolate Liqueur Cake
This elegant dessert gets rave reviews from our guests who frequently request this recipe. It’s easily adaptable for other liqueurs. This is an original creation.
Makes 8 generous pieces.
10 tablespoons of soft butter
6 tablespoons of cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash of salt
½ cup flour
Beat all of the above ingredients until well combined. Batter will be thick.
Pour into greased 9 or 10-inch springform pan.
Bake at 350 degrees approximately 20 minutes. Test center of cake for doneness. Set aside to cool.
Ingredients for liqueur layer
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup melted butter
2 tablespoons of liqueur (we usually use raspberry liqueur or crème de menthe)
Mix together and spread over cooled cake
Ingredients for chocolate glaze frosting
3 tablespoons of butter
¾ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Combine in a Pyrex cup. Melt for one minute in the microwave on high and stir until all the chocolate bits are melted and frosting is shiny and glossy.
Pour over firmed cooled liqueur layer. Spread evenly over top of cake and let cool.
To serve: Release the springform and cut into 8 or more pieces. For fabulous presentation, drizzle chocolate syrup on the plate, place the cake over the syrup and top with whipped cream. We also add fresh raspberries if available and garnish with shaved chocolate curls or fresh mint leaves.
Brambleberry sells gourmet organic cuts of Scottish Highland beef in our farm shop freezer. Scottish Highland beef is the leanest and healthiest beef that you can buy. We also sell farm fresh eggs, the same ones our guests enjoy at breakfast, for $2 a dozen.
Winter animal antics
Steve the goat has been putting on some amusing antics lately. Steve is our pygmy goat who shares a barnyard with two other goats, two miniature donkeys and some Scottish Blackface ewes.
Steve and the ewes sometimes engage in some head-butting -- perhaps for fun or for sport. He has been prancing on his hind hooves after some of these encounters, making him look like he is walking on two legs.
We would love to capture some video because an upright walking goat is viral material. We could also start charging admission.
Steve apparently also does impersonations. He must have been performing his Donald Trump act because he had acquired some wool from the ewes and created a blonde coiffe that was draped across his horns.
Come and visit and you can say hi to Steve!
Grand Wedding Pavilion update
Construction is nearly complete on Brambleberry Winery & Country Inn’s wedding event center.
The main structure of the pavilion is finished and and the sliding barn doors are being installed this week on three entrances. Interior pavilion paint will happen as soon as the weather warms a bit.
Plumbing fixtures are installed and the restroom showers are tiled. Our carpenters have installed a beautiful porcelain floor that looks like wood plank in the entryway and mother's lounge.
We're waiting for the concrete company to finish its long overdue work of pouring the last 10 feet of pavilion floor that will connect to the restrooms. They will also be installing sidewalks as soon as it warms up.
We have a huge order of trees and shrubs arriving later this month. We'll be busy planting!
The pavilion is designed to house 300 guests in comfort and style. Booking now for 2018 and 2019 events.
Elopements and intimate winter weddings
Now through April 14 Brambleberry is offering our intimate winter wedding packages.
Our feature package includes overnight whole house accommodations for 10, an officiated ceremony in our library (with your choice of readings and vows) and a delicious breakfast/brunch served on a beautiful tablescape -- all for only $999 (tax included). Add an additional night for a total of $1,499. Book your wedding through March 25 and save $100 off the whole house rental package.
Up to two extra guests may stay over for a small charge. An evening meal may be purchased for an additional charge or enjoy pizza at the winery. Other restaurants are an easy seven to 15 mile country drive.
Ceremony-only elopement packages start at only $150. Inexpensive add-ons are available for flowers, cake and custom vows.
Our warmest wishes and congratulations go out to Andrew and Marissa (in photo) who eloped at Brambleberry Feb. 25. The pair were married with their parents in attendance.
For large celebrations of up to 300, Brambleberry's new Grand Wedding Pavilion opens in late April 2018. Save the date for a grand opening on April 21. This magnificent indoor/outdoor venue is Western Wisconsin's best new wedding location!
Call or email to schedule a visit.