The Beach House Red at Swanky SWINE

SWINE! ….where cork meets pork!
What a great event held each year in Ankeny on the grounds of DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College).  Des Moines metro area chefs serve up wonderful creations utilizing pork.  Iowa wineries, as well as the Ankeny Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits pour samples of a wide variety of wines.

Sundresses and swanky jewelry adorn many women in attendance.  The men sport their hipster tees and best jeans.

The outdoor event is unguarded from the weather and on occasion, rain clouds do appear.  But raindrops do not dampen the spirits of Iowans, no sir.  Rather, their wine preferences might be re-directed.

And so it was, with the rain and cool breezes at this year’s event, I found many at my table, begging for a dry red wine.  I had just the thing.

Beach House Red is a blend of 75% Shiraz, 20% Mourvedre, and 5% Viognier from South Africa.  Black cherry and spice aromas are complemented with dusty notes and just a slight floral whiff.  The palate is soft and filled with black cherry and blueberry followed by a good kick of spice.  The finish is bright raspberry, spice and earth.  The blend works so well together, with the Shiraz supplying the juicy fruit and spice, the Mourvedre adding that earthy touch and a bit of tannin, and the Viognier lifting the aromas. 

The Beach House Red is light bodied, but full of flavor and personality.  For soggy SWINE attendees it was the best sip while dodging raindrops.

About the author: Sue Navratil

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