The 2013 Winefest Des Moines festivities wrap up on June 8 with the Banker’s Trust Grand Tasting. Like Sips & the City the day before, the Grand Tasting will take place in Nollen Plaza (which is changing its name to Cowles Commons) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will showcase the best food and wine available in Central Iowa. Metro-area chefs and Dahl’s will be on hand serving hearty hors d’oeuvres to be paired with the event’s most high-end wines.
New this year is the Splash Raw & Bubbly Bar featuring an array of caviar, oysters, and other decadent seafood, along with featured bubbly from two renowned sparkling houses: Nicolas Feuillate and J. Vineyards. A limited number of tickets will be sold for $75 with an option to upgrade to the Willis VIP Lounge for an additional $35. Guests in the Willis VIP Lounge will be treated to high-end wines and hors d’oeuvres from Catering DSM and may enter the festival one hour early. Tickets may be purchased online through MidwesTix by clicking here. Also new this year, guests will be able to purchase a select number of wines in the Dahl’s Wine Store located in Capital Square. Cocktail attire is recommended for this event.
The food for this year’s Grand Tasting will be provided by Dahl’s Foods, Catering by Cyd, Centro, Chocolaterie Stam, Creme Cupcake & Dessert, Django, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, HoQ, Le Jardin Catering, Luna Bistro & Catering, Maytag Dairy Farms, Occasions Made Right, Sbrocco, Splash Seafood Bar & Grill, Table 128 Bistro & Bar, Tangerine Food Company, Trostel’s Greenbriar, and Waterfront Seafood Market. The wineries, vineyards, and retailers at this year’s event will include: Chalk Hill, Freemark Abbey, Madison County Winery, Peterson Winery, Tamarack Cellars, Vino Del Sol, Jasper Winery, Goldschmidt Vineyards, Charles Smith Wines, Secco Italian Bubbles, J. Vineyards, Biagio Cru, Highgates Wines of Iowa, emanuel tres wines, Van Wijk Winery, Bronco Wine Company, Tassel Ridge Winery, Bodkin Wines, Jasper Winery, Jamieson Ranch & Vineyards, St. James Winery, Winery Associates, Hollen Family Vineyards, Eagle Eye Imports, Wine Bridge Imports, Wine Trees/Epicurean Wines, OFFBeat Brands (A&M Imports), Spurgeon Vineyards, St. Michelle, Global Wines Iowa, Terlato Wines Internation, Boisset Family Estates, Vine Street, Francis Ford Coppola, The Beverage Spectrum, Inc., Trinchero Winery, Constellation Wines, Gallo Winery, The Wine Group, Foley Family Wines, J Winery, Tabor Home Winery, Silvan Ridge, Vitis Distributing, Sbrocco, Cyclone Liquors, Gateway Market & Cafe, Wine & Spirits Gallery, Ingersoll Wine & Spirits, WineStyles, and Vintage & Spirits.
For previews of the other 2013 Winefest Des Moines events, go to this article.