Weekend Wine Discovery: The Auctor Red Blend

Iowa is nice!  But occasionally, it’s good to get away. We love Omaha’s Old Market.  A quick Saturday morning drive and we were there for lunch.  Our pick was The Urban Wine Company where there is always a selection of unusual wines and great food bites to go along. Our favorite dinner spot, M’s...

Villa Pozzi Nero d’Avola Takes Me to Sicily

Bright sunny skies, live music, cold beers, wine in plastic cups, delicious foods from world cuisines, and lines of well-fed people–this was the World Food and Music Festival in DesMoines on Sunday. Food from the Mesopotamian culture?  Oh, yes!  Thai food, Indonesian food, Greek food, and American barbecue–we tasted it all. Back home, I...

Kungfu Girl Riesling is Ready For Football

After writing for weeks about sweating bodies and wine bottles, Mother Nature realized its football season for heaven’s sake! On cue, the temperature dropped and the sun lost its weighty intensity. Whether tailgating outside, or gathering on the couch in front of the TV, there are always lots of food choices.  In my kitchen we...

Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris for Summer Refreshment

Summer is still gripping the Midwest.  On our afternoon walk, the heat had weight.  I could feel it, not just in the air, but pressing on my skin. It is a feeling I wanted to soak in and memorize, for soon enough, winter’s icy fingers will be reaching for me. Iowa’s wild grapes seem...

Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut on a Lazy Afternoon

I took two naps on Sunday!  Two!I must have been feeling the effects of a crazy-busy Saturday at work followed by a late-night family birthday celebration. Sunday was gloriously sunny with a fresh north wind.  After a long walk, (after nap number one), walking shoes came off and my feet were propped up. My wine...