Vino Vednesday | Iowa Front Porch Rose
Name | Iowa Front Porch Rose
Producer | Jasper Winery, Des Moines, IA
Price | NA (gifted)
Website | www.jasperwinery.com
One of the best parts of writing a wine column is receiving the occasional gift to review. I LOVE having a glass of a friend’s favorite wine. Usually, they soon become one of my favorites. I am truly honored to have received two bottles already. It’s such a sweet gesture and SO much fun.
Eva’s bottle of Naked Grape was an instant hit last week, and this week I experienced another pure delight: Front Porch Rose by Jasper Winery out of Des Moines. My good friend Chereen whom I sing and play music with at church gave me this bottle, as well as an aDORable stemless wine glass from IKEA. Chereen’s words were “It’s not too sophisticated or anything, but it just tastes soooo GOOD!” That is perfect. Give me a drink of something that tastes great on my tongue, within two seconds. Sometimes I don’t feel like searching for the perfect cheese, apple, olive or marinade to bring out the wine’s mysterious flavors…I just want something tasty.
What’s my verdict on Front Porch Rose? Chereen, you are absolutely right. It’s GREAT! It is deliciously fruity but not too sweet. Imagine sweet with a tiny bit of dryness. Really, this wine deserves a scene-story. A story taking place in a season other than this confused one we live in (is it fall? Is it winter? Nobody knows.)
Anyway…Front Porch belongs to the late summer. It tastes like a summer evening in August. Dusk. A breezy summer sunset by the lake, on a deck or patio. You can see a few small, rather amateur fireworks in the distance; they’re the product of a nearby town’s hokey-hick celebration. You feel like you have the best seat in the house…the noise and smoky air of fireworks isn’t bothering you. There is not even the slightest hint of small-town body odor, which is usually a humid haze by 6 pm, and you don’t have to spend $3 on a skunky Budweiser from the nearby hole-in-the-wall tavern. Instead, you can share quality conversation with friends and family while holding a glass of something perfect for the setting. Front Porch. I don’t know if there could be a better name.
Seriously, Iowa wine producers are striking a MAJOR chord with me. This one is a winner, and I must schedule a trip to the Jasper Winery very soon. Next week’s pleasure is also born and raised here in the Hawkeye state. YES!–we DO have culture here in the flat land of corn.
Until the next cork is popped…cheers and love!
Vino Vednesday is vritten by our Team Wine-o Betsy. Her column appears ever Vednesday right here on Eat.Drink.Repeat.