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Monday, June 9, 2014

City Girl's Wine Journal- Firefly

Nestled in the farmland in eastern Iowa, close to the historic Amana Colonies, lies one of Iowa's true treasures, Fireside Winery. Iowa has been growing as a wine-producing state by leaps and bounds in the past ten years and Fireside is one of the must-see wineries. Founded in 2005 by Bill and Rona Wyant, whose passion for wine and "life is too short" credo inspired them to share great wines with their guests.

The wine I have selected to try tonight is Firefly. It's a light and fruity rose that reminds me of strawberries. There are no strawberries in this wine though. It's a blend of Catawba, Cayuga, Chambourcin and Merlot grapes with just enough sweetness to make it a great sipping wine. It's a great second step wine for new wine drinkers too, people who are ready to move beyond moscato into something more complex. It also would be a great wine to serve with a light lunch, like a salad or sandwich. It's no slouch either, with 12% alcohol, it can pack a punch.

Fireside has many wonderful wines (I should know, I have tried them all!) with something for everyone, from very dry reds to sweet white wines and port-style dessert wines with that extra punch of alcohol. I'm looking forward to sharing each one with you and I hope you get a chance to visit the beautiful Italian villa-esque winery and tasting room. It's truly a magnificent place with lots of room to relax with a bottle and take in the wonderful Iowa country air.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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