December 14, 2010

Tassel Ridge 2008 Iowa St. Croix Receives Enthusiastic Acclaim

2008 Iowa St. Croix was released just a few months ago and most people trying it for the first time are enthusiastic about its well-integrated tannins, dark fruit notes, and baking spices on the palate. The fruit for this dry red wine was all grown in our Mahaska County vineyards. We pick St. Croix early when its flavor profile is at its best. After the alcoholic fermentation is complete, we start a malo-lactic fermentation which softens the fruit characteristics and improves the mouth-feel of the wine. Then, the St. Croix is aged in stainless tanks in contact with oak beans for about a year. Some of the St. Croix is aged in oak barrels and is later blended with the wine aged in stainless tanks. Our 2008 Iowa St. Croix spent nearly 18 months ageing before it was bottled in spring 2010.

Like most dry red wines, 2008 Iowa St. Croix is best when paired with flavorful foods like beef, spicy chicken, and pastas with spicy tomato-based (red) sauces.

2008 Iowa St. Croix is different from some red wines in that it needs to be briefly exposed to the air in order to open up and show off its nuanced flavors. One can use a Vinturi to aerate the 2008 Iowa St. Croix, but the best results come by vigorously pouring the 2008 Iowa St. Croix into a decanter and then letting it sit for 30 minutes before serving. Of course, it should be served at room temperature and should not be refrigerated.

2008 Iowa St. Croix, 750 ml bottle, $20.00.  Buy here for shipment to adults in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado, Florida, District of Columbia, and California.

Tassel Ridge Gift Shop Offers the Perfect Wine Gift for People on Your Gift List

Check the Tassel Ridge web site for 65 ideas of wine and wine-related gifts for almost everyone on your gift list this year. Prices range from less than $10 to $250+. Click here to see the entire list. Three ideas follow:


Bottle of Tassel Ridge Wine and Two Tassel Ridge Winery Logo Glasses—Enjoy a bottle of Tassel Ridge Wine, with a set of two Tassel Ridge Winery logo wine glasses. Perfect for sitting down and sipping on a glass of wine. The smaller 6 oz. glasses are perfect for a nice small glass of wine to sit and enjoy after dinner. (Price—$21–40)


Overnight Get-away Packages—Extend your visit to Tassel Ridge Winery with a Tassel Ridge Winery Weekend Getaway Package! This package includes Tassel Ridge Winery’s private VIP winery tour and wine tasting, a welcome basket with two souvenir wine glasses, and your choice of a bottle of Oskyfizzante® Red, Oskyfizzante® Pink, or Oskyfizzante® White, an overnight or weekend stay at a beautiful bed & breakfast or the Country Inn & Suites in Pella, and dinner for two at a select Tassel Ridge Winery wine and food pairing dinner or Tassel Ridge Winery’s Valentine’s Dinner for two.

Call the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463) for details.  Prices start at $250, plus tax and will vary depending on event and lodging location chosen.


A Case of Tassel Ridge Wine in a Logo Crate—Give the perfect gift, a case of your family or friends’ favorite Tassel Ridge wines. Mix and match, prices will vary depending on wine chosen (Ranges $175–$279)

Tassel Ridge Wine Now Available in 25 Central Iowa Kum & Go’s

Tassel Ridge wines are now available in 25 Kum & Go’s located in Central Iowa. Most outlets are located in the Greater Des Moines area; however, four are located in Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Williamsburg, and Grinnell. Click here for our list of retailers and scroll to the town you are looking for to get specific addresses.

Some stores have Tassel Ridge Winery displays and carry seven different wines. In other stores, we are on the shelf, and we may have a few as four different wines.

We are in Kum & Go stores in the following communities:

  • Adel
  • Altoona
  • Ankeny (3)
  • Clive
  • De Soto
  • Grimes
  • Grinnell
  • Johnston (3)
  • Norwalk (2)
  • Oskaloosa
  • Ottumwa
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Urbandale
  • Waukee
  • West Des Moines (5)
  • Williamsburg

Kum & Go stores are convenient places to stop to quickly pick up party supplies like wine, craft beers, munchies, and ice.

Tassel Ridge Winery Events

Thursday, January 13—Girls’ Night Out Dessert Wines & Decadent Desserts
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Price: $20 per person, plus tax. Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $15 per person, plus tax (includes dessert wine and dessert samples, take-home recipe card for Chocolate Pots de Crème, and gratuity)

Who doesn’t love wine and desserts? This unique Girls’ Night Out will feature Tassel Ridge Finalé dessert wines paired with decadent desserts. Enjoy a cooking demonstration featuring our special Chocolate Pots de Crème made with Tassel Ridge Finalé Raspberry dessert wine. Advance reservations required by Friday, January 7. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE for reservations.

Saturday, January 29—Tassel Ridge Winery’s Chinese New Year Wine Dinner

7:00 p.m. Wine Tasting
7:30 p.m. Dinner Seating

Price: $45 per person, plus tax. Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $40 per person, plus tax (includes 1 glass of wine with each course and gratuity)

Ring in the Chinese New Year with a three-course Chinese dinner paired with specially selected Tassel Ridge wines. Advance reservations required by Wednesday, January 26. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE for reservations.

Sunday, January 30—Big Game Wine & Food
Pairing Kick-Off

1:00–3:00 p.m.
Price: $10 per person, plus tax.
Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $5 per person, plus tax (includes wine and appetizer sampling and take-home recipe cards)

Are you ready for some great wine, food, and football? We’ve got some amazing appetizer ideas that are sure to wow your Big Game guests, and we’ve paired them with specially selected Tassel Ridge wines for an extra wow! Enjoy wine and appetizer sampling and take-home recipe cards. Need a gift for your Big Game party host, check out our large selection of wine and wine-related gift items. Advance reservations required by Wednesday, January 26. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE for reservations.

-Bob Wersen, President
Tassel Ridge Winery