February 9, 2011

Rockets Glare Rosé™ Becomes Third Tassel Ridge Sweet Wine

The newest wine from Tassel Ridge Winery is Rockets Glare Rosé™. 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.

Sweethearts Rosé is the Perfect Valentine’s Gift

Sweethearts Rosé is a sweet rosé that is packaged in a heart-shaped 500 ml bottle especially for Valentine’s Day gifts.

This wine is available only at Tassel Ridge Winery and our limited supply won’t last long. We can’t ship this wine.

Price: Sweethearts Rosé is $19.00 plus tax for a 500 ml bottle.

Valentine’s Recommendations from Tassel Ridge Winery

Are you looking for the perfect wine to complement your Valentine’s Day celebration? We at Tassel Ridge Winery recommend three wines for your consideration. They are Oskyfizzante® White, Oskyfizzante® Red, and Chocolate Granfinalé™.

Both Oskyfizzante® White and Oskyfizzante® Red are fizzy wine. Oskyfizzante® White is made entirely from Muscat and is fairly dry. Oskyfizzante® Red is made from a blend of Zinfandel and Muscat and is semi-sweet. They both are perfect for celebrating and they will pair with many foods. For example, consider serving either wine with an Asian stir fry that is either spicy or just flavorful.

Chocolate Granfinalé™ is a dessert wine with a delicious chocolate aroma and pleasant chocolate flavor on the palate. It is best enjoyed with a non-chocolate dessert like a flourless nut torte or simply roasted almonds or cashews.

Prices: Oskyfizzante® White, $14.00 plus tax for a 750 ml bottle
Oskyfizzante® Red, $14.00 plus tax for a 750 ml bottle
Chocolate Granfinalé™, $20.00 plus tax for a 375 ml bottle

2010 Iowa Nouveau is a Light, Fruity, Dry Red Wine

At Tassel Ridge, the Nouveau is our first wine released every season. The grapes are picked in late August and early September and by early November, the wine is in the bottle ready for its release on the third Thursday of November. This is a wine meant for immediate consumption. It normally does not age well. It is very fruity and because it has not been exposed to any oak, it is simple and straight forward….no complexity here!

The 2010 Iowa Nouveau is just now reaching its prime. It is perfect when paired with winter foods like vegetable soups, stews, pasta dishes with tomato-based sauces, and pizza.

Since we still have some 2010 Iowa Nouveau left, this is a good time to pick up a couple of bottles for those meals that beg for simple, honest, red wine.

Price: $14.00 per 750 ml bottle, plus tax.

Tassel Ridge Kicks Off Promotion in Ames Today

From February 9 through February 18, Tassel Ridge Winery will be offering tastings at seven of our ten retailers in Ames. The schedule follows:

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

Chocolaterie Stam, 230 Main St.
Friday, February 11, from 4–8 p.m.
Saturday, February 12, from 4–8 p.m.

Cyclone Liquors, 626 Lincoln Way
Thursday, February 10, from 5–7 p.m.

Fareway, 3619 Stange Rd.
Friday, February 11, from 4–6 p.m.
Saturday, February 12, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Hy-Vee Drugstore, 500 Main St.
Wednesday, February 9 from 4–6 p.m.
Friday, February 11, from 4:30–6:30 p.m.

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

Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits, 640 Lincoln Way
Friday, February 11, from 4–6 p.m.
Saturday, February 12, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

We will offer tastes of a selection of wines that are offered for sale in each location.

Come out and visit and taste Tassel Ridge wines!

Tassel Ridge Winery Events

(ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT) Saturday, February 26 – Red Wine Lovers’ Event

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Price: $10 per person, plus tax—Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $5 per person, plus tax (includes wine, appetizers, and gratuity)

Join us for our third Red Wine Lovers’ Event showcasing the evolution of our 2009 Iowa Marquette. We’ll begin in the cellar for a barrel tasting of our new varietal, Marquette, made entirely from grapes grown in our Mahaska County vineyards. We will also select another of our dry red wines to taste from the barrel at this event. Steve Richardson, our Vineyard Manager and Certified Wine Educator, will discuss the evolution of these dry red wines from harvest to release. Steve will also be available to discuss grape production. After the barrel tastings, enjoy Tassel Ridge finished dry reds paired with amazing appetizers. Advance reservations required by Wednesday, February 23. Call the Winery at 641.672.WINE to make reservations.

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.

-Bob Wersen, President
Tassel Ridge Winery