February 15, 2011

Rockets Glare Rosé™ Takes Off Like a Rocket

We released our new Rockets Glare Rosé™ recently, and people really like it. It is a sweet rosé complement to Star Spangled White™ and Red, White, & Blue®. Rockets Glare Rosé™is a medium bodied wine that will satisfy people who find a red wine too fully flavored and a white wine lacking in body.

Rockets Glare Rosé™ is a blend of Sabrevois and La Crosse grapes grown in our Mahaska County, Iowa vineyards. It offers cherry on the nose, bright red cherries on the palate, and green apple on the finish. Rockets Glare Rosé™ is best served chilled. Sip it by itself or serve it with your favorite spicy foods.

Rockets Glare Rosé™ is now available at Tassel Ridge Winery, and it will become available at retailers over the next few weeks. If you don’t find it where you shop, ask the manager to get it for you.

Price: Rockets Glare Rosé™ is $11.00 plus tax for a 750 ml bottle.

Watch For The Latest Release of Tickled Pink

Tickled Pink has been out of stock at the Winery for the past eight weeks or so, but our latest batch was bottled and is now available in the Tastin Room. You will see it soon in many of our retailers.

We work hard to assure consistency of all of our wines from batch to batch. Mother Nature took over on our latest batch of Tickled Pink, but in a good way. Tickled Pink is still a semi-sweet pink wine; however, the strong citrus notes we experienced in the first Tickled Pink are muted, and the dominant notes are stony fruits like peach and pear. The citrus appears on the finish.

Tickled Pink is a very pleasant wine to sip chilled. Or, pair it with spicy foods like Asian stir fry or meals prepared with Caribbean jerk seasoning.

Price: Tickled Pink is $11.00 plus tax for a 750 ml bottle.

Tassel Ridge Wraps Up Promotion in Ames this Week

The two last tastings in our special Ames tasting promotion are at:

Black Market Pizza, 2610 Northridge Parkway
Thursday, February 17, from 4–7 p.m.

We will sample Pizzeria & Pasta Too!™ at Black Market Pizza.

Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits, 3615 W Lincoln Way
Friday, February 18, from 4–7 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you Thursday and Friday.

Buy a Case of Wine at Tassel Ridge Winery and Get a Free Wine and Food Pairing Wheel

Purchase a case of your favorite wine or a mixed case of Tassel Ridge wines at the Winery, and you will receive a 10% discount AND a free Tassel Ridge Wine and Food Pairing Wheel. The Wine and Food Pairing Wheel is very useful is selecting specific Tassel Ridge wines to pair with a wide range of foods.

Tassel Ridge Winery Events

Friday, February 18 – Des Moines Metro Opera Wine & Food Showcase

5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Des Moines Marriott

Grand Tasting Price: $50 per person or $35 per person for groups of eight or more
Patron tickets: $125.00 per person and includes admission to Grand Tasting and a special Valentine’s appreciation momento! Call 515-961-6221 for group tickets.

Join us at Des Moines Metro Opera’s Wine & Food Showcase at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott. We will be sampling a variety of award-winning Tassel Ridge wines.

Saturday, February 19 – Monika Agic Art Exhibit at Tassel Ridge Winery

12:00-4:00 p.m.

Join us as we welcome Artist, Monika Agic to Tassel Ridge Winery. When artist Monika Agic creates a new painting, emotions and places take on different moods from the colors and characters in her painting. She works with specialty paints, metallic, iridescent, and interference colors, as well as varnishes in matte, satin, and gloss, to convey the sense of emotional power and shape the energy around her. Monika likes to design custom pieces that make people feel good on an intimate level and capture their personality, sense of style, wants, and needs. Monika recently co-founded Central Iowa Artists Coop gallery located inside Merle Hay Mall to help promote local artists, and lives in Des Moines.

Saturday, March 5 – Wine & Fondue Dinner

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

Cost: $70 per couple, plus tax—Harvest Club Couple Price: $60 per couple, plus tax (includes 1 glass of wine with each course and gratuity)

Warm up at Tassel Ridge Winery with a three-course wine and fondue dinner for two. Begin with a California salad. Next, dip assorted crusty breads into our Signature Cheese Fondue. Finally, for dessert, enjoy an assortment of fruits to dip in Tassel Ridge In the Dark Chocolate Sauce. Each course will be paired with a specially selected Tassel Ridge wine. Advance reservations are required by Wednesday, March 2. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE for reservations.

Thursday, March 10 – Girls’ Night Out “Caribbean Getaway”

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Price: $20 per person, plus tax Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $15 per person, plus tax (includes 1 Wine-a-Rita, appetizers, and gratuity)

Chase away the winter blues with a night in the tropics at Tassel Ridge Winery. Relax and enjoy a frozen Wine-A-Rita featuring our 2008 Iowa Frontenac Rosé. Feast on Caribbean veggie wraps, tropical fruit salsa with chips, and key lime tarts. Wear your favorite island attire and have a group photo taken in front of a tropical oasis. Everyone in your group will receive a copy of the photo as a souvenir. This event is sure to sell out fast! Advance reservations required by Friday, March 4. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE for reservations.

Saturday, March 12 – Watercolors & Wine at Tassel Ridge Winery

10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Price: $60 per person, plus tax—Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $55 per person, plus tax (includes instruction, art supplies, lunch with 1 glass of wine, and gratuity)

Join artist and instructor Deb Baughman at Tassel Ridge Winery and learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting. Whether you’re a beginner or a more seasoned artist, Deb will help you discover and release your creativity. Have some fun and adventure with experimental watercolor and explore some quick and lively impressionistic and expressionistic methods for brightening your winter and taking you into a colorful spring. Raised in Soapcreek Township, Davis County, Iowa, and now living near the Fox Creek in Pulaski, Iowa, Deb enjoys watching as the outdoors changes from day-to-day and season-to-season. Her book, DAVIS COUNTY, IOWA, was just published, and she recently illustrated the new children’s book, The Red, White, and Blue Birdhouse written by Judy Combs.

Limited seating available! Call the Winery at 641.672.WINE to make advance reservations by Wednesday, February 23.

Saturday, March 26 – Join Us for a Moroccan-Inspired Wine Dinner

6:30 p.m. – Wine Tasting
7:00 p.m. – Dinner Seating

Price: $50 per person, plus tax—Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $45 per person, plus tax (includes dinner, 3 glasses of wine, and gratuity)

Enjoy an evening under a Moroccan style tent in the Tassel Ridge Winery Visitors Gallery. A three-course dinner will feature Moroccan Date and Orange Salad, Couscous Royale with chicken and a variety of vegetables seasoned to your taste with Harissa Paste, and an array of delicate Moroccan desserts. Each course will be paired with a specially selected Tassel Ridge wine. Advance reservations required by Wednesday, March 23. Contact the Winery at 641.672.9463 for reservations.

-Bob Werson, President
Tassel Ridge Winery