I stopped by a wine store today at lunch and picked up 4 bottles of wine to try. I picked up the following:
Barton & Guestier Rose D'Anjour 2003. Pretty good, rather a light flavor. It's what's in my glass now.
Columbia Winery Riesling 2005. Very good flavor-bought 2 bottles.
Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvingnon 2003. Started sweet then went to tart, but not in a bad way. I liked it.
Saturday I plan to stop by a local winery-Summerset Winery-and try some local flavors. I plan to bring home several bottles to enjoy over the next few weeks.
A little background-when I was growing up my paternal grandfather made wine in the cellar of the farmhouse. My dad and 2 uncles would help each fall. I remember 15 or so large wooden barrels filled with wine. For years after my grandfather died my dad had the wine press in the garage. I remember helping out as much as a 4 year old could (grandpa died when I was 5). Grandpa came to America in April of 1911 on the Carpathia-exactly one year before the Carpathia rescued the Titanic survivors. Grandma and the 3 oldest kids came over on the America a couple years later. I think grandpa brought his wine making skills from the old country.
Dad brought a barrel home one year and it sat in the basement of our house for what seemed like forever. I remember helping dad deliver produce to the local grocery stores (we were vegetable gardeners) and having several gallons of wine in the cab of the truck to pass out to the produce managers. Can't remember anyone turning the wine down....(grin).
I think they used concord grapes, but don't remember for sure (everyone and everything are gone now including the farm). They always called it Italian (insert slang in place of Italian) Red and it had quite the reputation around the Italian community in Des Moines.
I also have a friend who purchased 40 acres near Derby Iowa about 5 years ago. 4 years ago I helped him put in about 5 acres of grapes. I think this year was the first year he was able to harvest some grapes. He planed to try to sell to the local wineries, but I haven't talked to him since early in the summer (note to self-call Ward and find out how the grape harvest was).
So much for the rambling. Needless to say this days foray into wine tasting was quite successful. Thanks to all who helped steer me in the right direction.