November 9, 2010

Tassel Ridge Winery Events

Mojo’s on 86th in Johnston Features Tassel Ridge Wines in its All Iowa Dinner, Thursday, November 11

Mojo’s on 86th in Johnston will serve it multi-course All Iowa Dinner on Thursday, November 11. It will feature Tassel Ridge Iowa Steuben, Iowa Brianna, and Finalé Iowa Red, each paired with a different course. Other Iowa wine and beer is included in the meal. Please click here for details on the All Iowa Dinner. Please call Mojo’s for price and reservations at 515.334.3699.

Friday, November 12—Van & Bonnie at Tassel Ridge Winery

3:00–6:00 p.m.

Van and Bonnie from WHO Radio will be at Tassel Ridge Winery to produce a live remote broadcast. They will be talking about the tasting room and gift shop, wines for holiday dinners, and ideas for wine and wine related gifts for the holidays.

We will also have a sneak preview with tasting of the 2010 Iowa Nouveau, our first wine from the 2010 harvest (see article below).

You will have an opportunity to meet and talk with both Van and Bonnie during their visit to the Winery.

Saturday, November 13—Gin Lammert Art Exhibition

12:00–4:00 p.m.

Join us as we welcome Gin Lammert back to Tassel Ridge Winery. Gin has been expressing herself with drawings and paintings all of her life. It was not until she was in her mid 20’s, after doing several small works for others, that she finally began calling herself an artist instead of saying this is just something I can do. Gin is best known for her incredible ability to capture the likeness and essence of individuals and animals in her portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. Her work has been labeled Treasures from the Heart  by both private and corporate collectors. Many say Gin captures a likeness, tells a story, and evokes an emotion. Others ask how she could part with her art after putting so much of herself into a piece. Gin has won numerous awards at juried fine art shows in the Midwest. She currently resides in Pulaski, IA.

You can check her blog post here.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, November 19–21—2010 Iowa Nouveau Release

Fri. 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and
Sun. 12–6 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (Grilled Brats $2–while supplies last)

Come to Tassel Ridge Winery for the release of our new 2010 Iowa Nouveau. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.–2:00 p.m., we’re firing up our grill and serving brats which are great paired with our 2010 Iowa Nouveau. Nouveau (pronounced new-vo) is a light, fruity red wine that is traditionally the first wine of the season. Our 2010 Iowa Nouveau is made entirely from Marechal Foch and St. Croix grapes grown in our Mahaska County, Iowa, vineyards.

The idea of a fresh, young wine from this year’s harvest dates back hundreds of years when producers of Nouveau Beaujolais in France brought their Nouveau to town in a barrel loaded in a horse drawn cart. It was a time to celebrate the harvest. Town folks contributed light sausages and beef stews that we today serve over noodles or rice. The Nouveau was and still is very easy to drink. It is served chilled and works well as a thirst quencher. Some people call it the closest a red wine gets to being a white wine!

Because this red wine is so light, it is an outstanding wine for consumption at traditional holiday turkey dinners. It has more body than most white wines but is fruity and relatively low in alcohol.

Sunday, November 21—2010 Iowa Nouveau Celebration Dinner

6:00 p.m.—Wine Tasting with Iowa Gourmet Cheeses
6:30 p.m.—Dinner Seating
Price: $50 per person, plus tax—Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $45 per person, plus tax (includes dinner, 1 glass of wine with each course, and gratuity plus 1 bottle of 2010 Iowa Nouveau and recipe cards to take home)

Celebrate our first wine from the 2010 harvest, Tassel Ridge 2010 Iowa Nouveau. A three-course dinner will feature Beef Nouveau, made with a Nouveau reduction, and paired with our 2010 Iowa Nouveau. For dessert, enjoy a pear-cranberry crisp paired with Tassel Ridge award-winning Iowa Prairie Snow. Winemaker, Rhonda Taylor, and Vineyard Manager and Certified Wine Educator, Steve Richardson, will present a brief history of the Nouveau wine and describe the process used to make our 2010 Iowa Nouveau. Advance reservations required by Wednesday, November 17. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE to make your reservation.

Friday & Saturday, November 26–27—Holiday Open House

9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (Friday)
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (Saturday)

This year skip the crowded malls and begin the holiday season at Tassel Ridge Winery. Whether relaxing before the holiday rush or beginning your holiday shopping early, Tassel Ridge Winery is the place to be for the release of our new, limited edition Christmas tree bottles of Cranberry Wine and Star Spangled White® (available only while supplies last). Enjoy samples of Tassel Ridge’s special mulled wine and Stonewall Kitchen gourmet food products. Take home recipes that feature Tassel Ridge wines and Stonewall Kitchen products and will delight your holiday guests!

Browse our gift shop filled with new items perfect for holiday giving and stock up on your favorite holiday wines. We’ve assembled a selection of award-winning Tassel Ridge wines and complementary wine-related gift items into easy-to-give themed baskets, or let our expert staff help you customize your own baskets with the wine and gift items of your choice.

Tassel Ridge Winery also has gift cards. Take the stress out of holiday gift giving with convenient gift cards. All you have to do is choose the amount!

What Is Going On in the Cellar?

We are focused on bottling wine this time of year. Over the next few weeks, we will bottle Red, White, and Blue®, Star Spangled White™, and Blackberry. We are working on blending trials of our Prelude, Zinfull Red, American Dry Riesling, Oskyfizzante® Pink, and a new wine, Rockets Glare Rosé, a sweet rosé. As soon as Mother Nature decrees a cold spell, we will use the cold weather to cold stabilize the 2009 Iowa Brianna, 2010 Iowa LaCrescent, 2010 Finalé Iowa Red, and our 2010 Iowa Prairie Snow.

Tassel Ridge Gift Shop Offers Great Books on Wine that Make Perfect Gifts

The Tassel Ridge Winery Gift Shop offers several books, games, and card decks on wine and food pairing with wine. Click here and scroll down to the cards, books, and games that are perfect for people who are really interested in wine and the foods that pair with them.

—Bob Wersen, President
Tassel Ridge Winery