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...

Castle Rock California Cuvee Pinot Noir: The New “Beer” for your Bratwurst

Memorial Day weekend calls for grilled brats.  But questioning the beer-and-brats combination is like walking on sacred ground. What makes the beer/brat combo work so well?  Perhaps it’s the fatty, salty brat’s contrast with the crisp, clean beer.  Maybe it’s the casual, mustard-smeared brats paired with a carefree, drink-from-the-bottle beverage. I opened four wines...

Apothic Rose… Hello There, Lovely Wine!

Well hello there, lovely wine! After a long weekend in LaCrosse, Wisconsin filled with beer tee-shirts, pretzel necklaces, and general mayhem, I was longing for a light, lovely wine, filled with elegance and class. The new Apothic Rose brought just what I needed!  The deep rose-colored hue mimicked the pink of cherry blossoms just before...

Joel Gott Alakai Red Wine and Burgers (Beef and Veggie)

Sizzling, juicy, grilled beef burgers topped with sauteed onions and peppers; Lots of mustard and ketchup dripping off the edges…An equally juicy, dripping-with-flavor wine is needed to gulp down in between burger bites! Winemaker Joel Gott provides just that in his Alakai blend of mostly Grenache along with some Syrah, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah. ...

Charles & Charles Rose’ Brings Out Your Inner Bad *ss!

Rose’ wines have always had my heart, so upon seeing vintner Charles Smith’s words, “Yes, you can drink rose’ and still be bad *ss”, I was charmed. Sipping Charles Smith’s wines are always about more than the wine, it seems.  Smith’s flamboyant presence is there as well, from his oft-quoted maxims, “It’s Just Wine,...

This Moose is Massive! (Calcareous Vineyard Moose 2009)

It is fitting that I should write about Calcareous wines with the recent visit of Dana Brown, winery owner, to my Hy-Vee store.  Dana hails from Iowa, and travels back and forth between her home here, and her winery in Paso Robles, CA.I opened the Moose 2009, a Wine Spectator 92-point-rated blend of 88% Syrah...