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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

City Girl's Wine Journal- Glow

I've already told you about Fireside Winery, in Marengo, Iowa. It's truly one of my top three favorite wineries period- not just Iowa. Today I visited the coolest shop in Guthrie County- Carver's Ridge, in Stuart. They do landscaping, carve rocks and boulders of all sizes (seriously, check out their website- it's worth the drive for an awesome custom carved boulder or engraved glass) and the coolest little gift shop. It's brimming with examples of their beautiful carved boulders and engraved glass items, jewelry, unique food items, carved and engraved items to take with you AND Fireside wine!!

I was so excited to see the big display of Fireside's amazing wines. No more two hour drives to the winery for a bottle (I will still go for events though)- I can get my fix right up the road.

I selected a couple bottles and one of the is Glow- a wine I have not yet tried! So of course I had to have it. This wine is made with Iowa-grown Brianna grapes. Brianna often produces a Riesling-like wine so I just knew I would love this one, and I was right. It's peachy and delicious and has lots of tropical fruit notes like pineapple and banana (which is a surprise in wine). Even The Chef tasted it and said "pineapple and mango". It's a sweeter wine but not cloyingly so. It's a friendly wine I would suggest for any wine drinker. Since I live at a lake I am always looking for something good for patio sipping and this is one of those wines. Cabernet is awesome but you just can't sit in the evening breeze with a bottle of that!

I am a huge fan of wine and cheese pairings and for this one I would choose Havarti, one of my favorites, Provolone and Gouda. It also would easily tame the heat of spicy Asian or Mexican dishes. Good to know, because The Chef and I are big chili heads.

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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