McBride Sisters Truvee Red Blend Finds Its Way to My Rainy Patio

The holiday weekend brought sunny wanderings through Des Moines, a raindrop-scattered wedding, and a soggy patio. We retreated inside to the porch, just before it started raining in earnest, and opened a bottle of wine to chase away the dampness. The McBride Sisters Truvee Red Blend was a new wine on my store’s shelf that...

Villa Pozzi Nero d’Avola Smooths Life’s Bumps

Spending time on someone else’s sunny patio can be just what is needed to sort out life’s bumps.  There might be new flowers showing off their color, or trees blowing in the breeze, creating new patterns of sunlight through the leaves. So I packed my bags and headed north to Ames. On my best...

Gazela Vinho Verde After the Farmer’s Market

I had intended to serve this charming wine with my Sunday Mother’s Day brunch. Then I would write an emotion-packed blog about my two boys who are, forgive my bragging, the coolest young men on the planet. But then there was the Farmer’s Market on Saturday and our sun-filled patio, and fresh olive ciabatta,...

Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel…A New Flavor Twist for Wine

Winemakers have done it for centuries.Beer brewers are doing it now with their own special twists. Barrel aging, that is! Winemakers use barrels in the aging process to achieve various characteristics.  Wine aged in new oak barrels develops strong flavors of cedar, tobacco, vanilla.  Older, neutral oak barrels might add a more rounded characteristic...