Thursday, October 3, 2013

Galena River Wine & Cheese - Galena, Illinois

Galena, Illinois is one of our favorite places to visit!  The shops and history are well worth the trip and one of our favorite shops is Galena River Wine & Cheese!  
They have so many fantastic goodies there.

Galena River Wine & Cheese is located at 420 South Main Street in Galena.  They have a delicious assortment of wine and beers, cheese, locally made products, candies, condiments and sauces, coffees and teas as well as a wide array of flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars among other things.

Our favorite part is the oils and vinegars.  You can taste each one to find your favorites.  During our most recent visit, they sent us home with some samples of their products to try!

The assortment of cheeses is just wonderful!
If you love wine and cheese, then you have to visit this shop!

We tried some Sartori BellaVitano Raspberry cheese which is very well known for being a great tasting, award winning cheese.  We enjoyed this with a glass of wine and some wine biscuits that you can purchase at Galena River Wine & Cheese as well!

They also sent us home with some amazing Galena River Gourmet Smoky Espresso BBQ sauce.  This was fantastic on chicken!  

In addition to the variety of sauces they carry, they also have their own line of seasonings called AcroAma Blends that my husband used to make us some fantastic dinners.  Just add these to your favorite cut of meat or chicken and throw it on the grill.  Among the tasty sauces they carry is Stonewall Kitchen Horseradish Mustard.  This was so good!  I simply dipped pretzels in it but this would be fantastic on a sandwich or burger!

My husband made a delicious dressing using their Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and he made a vinaigrette salad dressing using their Balsamic Fig vinegar.

Our favorite part is the oils and vinegars.  You can sample them and they are set up in an area of the store for sampling and filling your bottles.  You can choose which flavors you want and a store associate will help you fill a bottle.  You can bring your bottle back and refill it again for a discounted price!

They also have Cugino's Dipz! mixes with several flavors to choose from.  These are perfect for family get togethers.  Just throw together a tray of fresh veggies and quickly mix up this delicious dip and your guests will definitely be coming back for seconds and thirds!  We tried the Silly Dilly and loved it and it was so easy to whip up.

So, if you're ever in Galena be sure to stop by Galena River Wine & Cheese and taste something fantastic!  They carry so many items that are great for gifts and entertaining and cooking.  I know you'll find something you cant leave without!

I was provided with samples free of charge to facilitate this review. 
 I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed 
are my true and honest opinions.  Cross my heart!

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