Brambleberry Winery and Country Inn January 2019 Newsletter
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Book your romantic Valentine's getaway 

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Brambleberry has a sweetheart of a deal on multiple-night stays on Valentine's weekend. With any two-night stay February 14-17, receive our free gift of a pizza dinner, complete with a bottle of wine and a decadent dessert! Relax in one of our deluxe whirlpool rooms and enjoy a glass of wine in front of a crackling fire. Come and recharge! 

You can also add a romance package to your stay, with various options of flowers, chocolate and wine. 

We are also planning a special Valentine's promotion in the winery on Thursday evening, Feb. 14. Bring your sweetheart and enjoy a savory pizza dinner for two, split a bottle of wine (from a limited selection) and indulge in a luscious chocolate dessert for $50. Reservations are necessary for this special event from 4 to 9 p.m.

Any weekend in the winter is a great time for a getaway. We are near cross country skiing trails, one mile away from the snowmobile trail and we have snowshoes for guests to borrow for walking in our woods. 

Surviving the polar vortex 

It was -40 degrees and a frozen fog in the air when this photo was taken.

The end of January brought the coldest weather we have seen in a few years. The temperature on Jan. 31 was -40 degrees -- and even colder with the wind chill.

The brutal weather was courtesy of the polar vortex, a frigid air mass brought down from the arctic. It followed on the heels of 8 inches of snow.

This unbearable cold is hard on farm animals -- as well as farmer workers! The animals did as well as could be expected. The cows, sheep, goats and donkeys did not venture far from the shed during the bitter wind chills and my heated waterer did its job.

The outdoor wood boiler required fill-ups almost every four hours just to keep up but with the help of our indoor wood stove we stayed warm and cozy. And we managed to avoid any water freeze-ups.

The wild weather ride continued into February when in just 72 hours we went from -40 to 40-degrees above with rain.

Elopements and intimate winter weddings

We have many dates available for winter elopements which take place in our library. In most cases, we only need one week's notice subject to availability. We have several scheduled for Valentine's week but we still have other openings.  

Brambleberry is the ideal alternative to a courthouse wedding, providing warmth and charm a government office can’t. Bring your bride or groom and your Wisconsin marriage license application (purchased at least six days in advance) and we’ll take care of the rest. Elopement ceremonies start at $125. 

If you have more than four guests, consider an intimate wedding at the inn for $199 for groups of up to 10 people. The rooms available are the library, dining room and ground floor guest room with restroom. This guest room is yours to use before the ceremony for dressing and last minute preparations. Includes officiant.
There are various upgrades, including a meal package. Check out our elopements and small wedding packages for more information. 

Elopements and small weddings for groups of 10 (including the wedding couple) are available year-round, seven days a week during off season (late October through late April). During high season (May through mid-October) elopements are not offered on Saturdays unless we have openings less than 120 days out. High season weekends are designated for larger weddings at the Grand Pavilion. Book at least nine days in advance for elopements and small weddings for 10 or under.

Now is the perfect time to book your large wedding as well. We are offering a $500 discount on the booking price of the Grand Wedding pavilion for any wedding that takes place by the end of June.

New Brambleberry wine retailer in Camp Douglas

Brambleberry Winery  is pleased to announce that the Target Bluff German Haus Shops in Camp Douglas is carrying some of our wines. Be sure to stop in and check out the wine and the numerous gift items at the store, which specializes in Wisconsin made items enhanced by vintage collectibles - gifts - art - home décor - cafe and more.It's located just off Interstate 90/94 at exit #55.

Along with Target Bluff German Haus Shops, Brambleberry wine is also sold at Mocha Mouse in Black River Falls, the Peddler's Wife in Hixton, Around the Bend in North Bend and is carried as part of the tap lineup at Growler Guys in Eau Claire.

Of course you can buy all of our wines at the winery. Our tasting room hours during the winter are Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. We also serve delicious homemade pizzas and gourmet cheese and meat trays. 


Decadent Valentine's Day chocolate liqueur cake recipe

This elegant dessert can be served for Valentine's Day with raspberry liqueur or even for St. Patrick's Day with creme de menthe. Makes 8 generous pieces.

10 tablespoons of soft butter
6 tablespoons of cocoa
2 eggs
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.

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