The Heart of Iowa Wine Trail is an organization made up of 14 central Iowa wineries including John Ernest Vineyard and Winery, Tama
"Last year's event was an overwhelming success," said Diane Larson, president of the Heart of Iowa Wine Trail. "Once again, the Tropical Wine Festival will offer our guests the opportunity to leave behind a cold Iowa winter and escape to the lush surroundings of the Botanical Center where they may sample some of the best Iowa-crafted wines from the central Iowa member wineries of the Heart of Iowa Wine Trail. And because it was so popular last year, we'll once again have fun island-style music provided by Tropical Steel." Along with the wine, hors d'oeuvres will be served. Prizes will be awarded for the best male tropical attire, best female tropical attire, and best original tropical outfit. Included in prizes are items such as $50 gift certificates for Splash Seafood Grill and a night for two at the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel ˆ both courtesy of the respective businesses. Wines served at the event may be purchased on site from the wineries for take-home or for consumption on the premises.
New for the 2011 event is the participation of Chocolaterie Stam, which will have locally made chocolates and wine-flavored gelato available for sale and consumption in the dome. "We worked with Iowa's wineries to provide wine-flavored gelato at the 2010 Iowa State Fair," relates Ton Stam, Chocolaterie Stam's owner. "It was very popular, so when we were invited to participate with the Heart of Iowa Wine Trail in this winter event, we accepted with great enthusiasm."
Tickets for the event are $30 in advance ($35 at the door). Tickets are available at John Ernest Vineyard and Winery, Tama or on-line at the wine trail's store www.heartofiowawinetrail.com
TO GO INFO:
What:Tropical Wine Festival
When:Friday, Feb. 4, from 6 -9 p.m.
Where:Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines
Tickets:John Ernest Vineyard and Winery, Tama or