Meiomi Pinot Noir Highlights the Art of Winemaking

Someone had to judge these wines! Saturday morning at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, I had the privilege of being part of the group of judges to evaluate wines entered in the amateur wine-making competition for the upcoming Iowa State Fair. Over 150 wines were entered, including rhubarb wines, apple wines (both sweet and dry),...

Estancia Sauvignon Blanc with a Perfect Summer Day

In the dead of winter, it’s a day just like Sunday that I try to recall.  I try to remember the sun in the bright blue sky and the cooling breeze.  I try to recall the summer flowers bobbing in the breeze or the smell of wood smoke drifting from the smoker.  I try...

Cedar Ridge Vineyards Demi-Sec for Summer

Along my path on an Iowa summer morning…I found cool breezes blowing across my arms, whisking away the sun’s heat.Drops of dew were still clinging to the grass where the shade was lingering.Sunlight filtered in through the leaves, making patterns of sun and shade that danced on the sidewalk. Native wildflowers were growing along...

Elk Cove Pinot Noir Rose’ Rekindles the Magic

My six-year-old laptop finally called it quits; The search for a new laptop (or tablet, or notebook?) began; then a trip to Oregon.  Finally I am back to writing my blog, posting photos, and excited to share new wine discoveries! The Willamette Valley wine industry was founded in the 1960’s by pioneers who ignored...