Shatter Grenache Provides the Power

It is a joy to judge wine entries every year for the Iowa State Fair Amateur Oenology Competition.  Amateur winemakers from the midwest enter their wines to be judged and hopefully awarded a ribbon. Nearly 120 wines were judged this year with fruit wines–peach, cherry, apple, raspberry; grape wines–Frontenac, Seyval Blanc, Touriga Nacional; and...

Sea Glass Pinot Noir, Well-Chilled and Refreshing

Instructional videos abound on “How To Install a Flagstone Pathway.”  They refer to a “little weekend project,” “five easy steps,” or say “it is relatively easy.”  Uh-huh….  In reality, there are about FIFTY steps and it is “relatively” hard as heck!  My son-in-law Ryan fortunately supplied the know-how and the muscles. Step 1:  Removing...

Octave Vinho Verde Chills On the Patio

Sunday marked the Third Annual Corks & Caps event for Ankeny’s SummerFest celebration, an Ankeny Chamber four-day production.  Corks & Caps features local Iowa wineries and breweries pouring their well-crafted beverages for some 500 people attending. Skies were blue, temperatures soared, but summer breezes and plenty of canopies, kept it all comfortable. I was able to...