Staff’s Favorite Gifts for 2018!

If Oprah can have a list, so can we! Here are some of our favorite gifts from the shop. The Wine House staff loves to give and we hope you will too this holiday season!
Repour winesaver – Staff pick
Tom Lutz, PhD is the inventor of this new wine saver and he lives in Cedar Rapids!  We have loved using Repour and have loved selling the product!  Far too often customers come in and tell us they are dumping their wine out.  Maybe they live alone or maybe their partner doesn’t drink it and they are left with partial bottles that have oxidized.  The Repour is the answer to this problem.  We sell them in 4 packs ($9) and in singles ($2.50) and they sit proudly at our front counter. 
Winans Chocolates -Staff pick
Winans Chocolate Shop in Coarlville and has graciously agreed to let us sell them here! Established in the late 1800’s and in its 4th generation of family ownership, Winans Fine Chocolates brings cutting edge flavors and time tested quality. We carry their assorted chocolates in both milk and dark as well as espresso beans, milk balls and pretzels!   
Napastak Flavored Vinegars- Traci’s pick
I was first intruduced to these while on a trip to Napa this past July.
They were for sale at a market and after sampling many of them,
I bought a bunch as gifts and for myself.  It didn’t take me long to 
realize that I was addicted and needed to sell them in the shop.
They JUST arrived and I am happy to say that the company also
just released the variety pack PERFECT for the foodie in your life.
These are great for salads, grilled/roasted veggies, bruschetta, and 
over pastas!!!! $16-$35    
Dry Creek Olive Oils – Traci’s pick
I just returned from 14 days in Itay and while there, drank my weight in olive oils. Some very good ones as a matter of fact.    Still….none compare to these made right here in the USA!  Dry Creek Olive Oils from northern Sonoma have been on my list in the past, and I just couldn’t pass adding them to my list again.  Over the years I have gained a big appreciation for great (not just good) olive oils.  Just like a fabulous glass of wine, it doesn’t have to cost a whole lot more to go first class.  These oils are first class!  $25 
Jim’s Barrel Art! – Jim’s Pick
Every year I have wine barrels shipped in from Napa. I disassemble them in my woodworking shop and re-create unique pieces like candleabras, bread bowls, cheese platters and lazy susans.  Each piece is one-of-a-kind.  Prices range from $25 to $10,000!  
Frico Frizzante Cans – Rich’s Pick
These are new to the shop and I love them! They are so convenient for parties when you serve mimosas or if you just want 1+ glass of bubbles without opening the whole bottle! They are sold in singles or in 4 packs and cost $3.50 per can.  A huge HIT!  
Sherpa Blanket Throw – Carolyn’s Pick
These fluffy blankets are so awesome!  They are rolled and stuffed with all kinds of goodness.  Wine, sweet and savory treats and anything else you want in the center!   $45-$50 depending on what is included. 
Santa’s Sweet Treats – Carolyn’s Pick
Santa pants and tubs filled with cookies, chocolates, candy etc….Makes the perfect gifts for children or for adults.  We can even add wine!  $25 and up.  
Chat Packs – Staff Pick
We love to entertain and we love games!  The Chat Packs are perfect for dining room table  Q & A conversations as well as end of evening gab!  We even have packs for kids!  $10
Uncorked Re-cycled Wine Bottle Candles – Traci’ Pick
These have been long time favorites of mine!  100% soy and locally made.  They are the perfect accent to your home or for a hostess gift!  $16

Holiday Sip and Shop Dates!

Join us for our annual holiday
“sip and shops”!

Thursday, December 14th  5-7
Saturday, December 16th  1-4
Thursday, December 21st  5-7
Friday, December 22nd     5-7
Saturday, December 23rd  1-5
Sunday, December 24th     1-4
NOTE: Our Sip and Shops are FREE events that take place on various evenings and afternoons prior to Christmas.  During our Sip and Shops we encourage you to shop as you sample featured wines as well as nibble on food products also featured in our shop.  Our holiday boutique is now open and it is filled with beautiful gift baskets and gifts for any budget!
A beautiful assortment of gifts on three floors!
Gorgeous baskets for all budgets!
Ladies learning about holiday decorating and appetizers!!!

New Arrivals and Fall Wine Picks!

2014 Guardian Chalk Line, Columbia Valley WA $24.99
We stumbled upon Guardian last year during a visit to Woodinville, WA. We immediately fell in love with the wines and stayed around to meet the owners Jerry and Jen who actually have quite an interesting love story about a cop (Jerry) who meets a crime reporter (Jen) on a crime scene. Aside from that, they are making stellar wines and their Chalk Line Cabernet based blend is no exception. They also do a lower end line called Newsprint that does extremely well for us. Most of you know that our Wine House staff members are not die-hard ratings or score people, but for what it is worth, the Chalk Line did just receive a 93 Spectator score. Chalk Line is a blend of 35% Cabernet, 32% Syrah, 25% Merlot & 8% Petite Verdot. This wine features notes of black cherry, blackberry and black pepper on the nose as well as notes of savory meats, black coffee, vanilla and tobacco. Only 1300 cases produced. Look for them to visit Iowa in 2018! 


2015 Runquist 1448 Proprietary Red, Amador CA   $15.99
After a little hiccup, hiatus or whatever you want to call it, we welcome this little gem back into our store with open arms! Jeff Runquist’s 1448 blend was a HUGE seller for us a couple of years ago and it is back with full force and we are thrilled! Jeff and Margie Runquist have been fans of the Wine House since we introduced their wines into the state of Iowa over six years ago. They are happy to again have a home here. Their winery sits in the foothills of Amador County, CA and they are known for their big extracted red wines. The name 1448 is the actual elevation of the winery itself. This blend has a deep, dark color that clings to the inside of the wine glass. The hues are bright and youthful, with an edge of magenta. The aromas lead with blue and black fruits, most notably black raspberry, along with blackberry and mulberry. The bouquet features sweet vanilla, hazelnut, violets and lavender. The flavors are succulent and juicy, with plenty of ripe fruit framed by a toasted oak creaminess. The tannins are mature and add richness and texture to a finish that is free of drying astringency. and this little gem is a blend of 55% Petit Verdot, 31% Petit Sirah, 7% Tannat, 3% Zinfandel, 3% combination of Souzao, Malbec, Tempranillo, Alicante Bouschet and Viognier.


2012 Porter Irreverence Merlot, Napa CA      $18.99
Ahhhh… Porter! A wonderful family originally from Minnesota which is one of the reasons they love selling their wine to us in Iowa! We are fellow Midwesterners! The beautiful thing about this wine, aside from the fact that it is Merlot, is that most of the wines Porter produces, start at $50 per bottle! Their winery is situated clear up in Coombsville on the East side of Napa. It is a gorgeous property and we love sending our customers out for a visit during their travels to Napa. So many people stick their nose up at m merlot because of the movie “Sideways” back in 2004. No need to stick your nose up to this merlot. It is amazing! The 2012 “Irreverence” merlot will restore your faith in this varietal. It is ripe and round with notes of black plum, raspberry and black cherry with fern leaf and tobacco.


2013 De Moya “Sofia” Bobal, Valencia Spain         $29.99 now $21.99
What is a Bobal? Well I asked the same question last year! Once I tasted it, I knew I must have it! I love Spanish wines and it is exciting for me to sell them. Sometimes people are looking for something new and interesting which is why I have had so much fun selling this wine. Not to mention it is on a sweet deal right now! Bobal is is native to the Utiel-Requena region in Valencia, Spain where it represents 90% of all vines grown. Notable for dark fruit flavors like plum, blueberry, prune, fig, and blackberry. Bobal pairs well with rich stews and casseroles, oily fish, and barbequed meats—and especially paella, Valencia’s signature dish.


2016 Helioterra Pinot Noir of Rose’, Willamette OR      $17.99
We have another Midwesterner on our line-up! Anne Hubatch, orginally from Plateville WI, is the owner and vintner of Helioterra wines in the Willamette Valley! Helio and Terra combine the greek words for Sun and Earth. We stumbled upon Anne’s at the recommendation of her winemaking friend Pam Weldon (Jezabel and Wilful wines) and we enthusiastically agreed to start carrying Anne’s beautiful creations. I chose her Rose because I love Rose all year. Just because it is going to get cooler, it does NOT mean we need to stop drinking rose! In fact, I will be drinking this exact wine for Thanksgiving this year as well! This wine is a luscious sampling of strawberries, rhubarb, cherries and a drizzling of Asian pears. It is supple yet has a perfect balance of lemon and lime that finishes with the aromas of jicama.

2015 Domaine de Sainte Rose Blanc, France       $11.99
Charles and Ruth Simpson started their little boutique winery in 2002.  They are located in the Languedoc region of France known for Chardonnay and Muscat.  This little white gem is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat and Viognier.  It is Fresh and  zingy with citrus fruit flavors.  It has wonderfully peachy aromatics combine with a surprisingly rich finish making this a perfect light lunchtime white.  Perhaps one of the best wine wine values in my shop right now!  


2015 Scarpetta “Frico” Chardonnay       $11.99
Over the last two years I have really grown to love unoaked Chardonnay!  This little wine is no exception.  I fell in love with the Scarpetta wines this past fall when a friend who is a wine buyer in Seattle put me in touch with Scarpetta’s national sales rep and he flew to Iowa to meet us.  The owners of Scarpetta are two men who actually met while working at the renown Thomas Keller French Laundry restaurant in Napa.  Bobbly Stuckey is a Master Sommelier and his business partner Lachlan Patterson is a James Beard award  winning chef and together they started Scarpetta wines focusing on small production and affordable wines from all over Italy.


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