This week at The Wijn House we are tasting wines produced by five of the seven Iowa wineries that were nominated for the Iowa Wine Growers Association (IWGA) "Winemaker of the Year" award, including this year's winner: Anne Zwink of Soldier Creek Winery
Anne holds multiple degrees from Purdue University including a masters in Wine Sensory. She is also very active in the IWGA apprenticeship program which works to establish the next generation of winemakers in the state of Iowa.
Soldier Creek opened it's doors to the public in 2014 and has since produced a full lineup of award winning wines including two on this week's tasting list:
Rubra: A flavorful and smooth red blend with aromas of chocolate, butterscotch & vanilla
Paragon Pink: A full-bodied sweet rose' wine with flavors of strawberry and grape jam
Other nominees included: Madison County, Fireside, Dubuque Heritage, Wide River, Cedar Ridge and Backcountry wineries.
Try wines from the best of the best all this week at The Wijn House!
L to R: Anne Zwink of Soldier Creek: Winemaker of the Year Tara Kohlhaas of The Wijn House: Retail Partner of the Year, Cassie Bott of Fireside Winery: Presidential Term Recognition Award
We did it! This weekend we attended the Iowa Wine Growers Association (IWGA) annual conference and awards banquet and were so excited to receive the "2018 Retail Partner of the Year" award. Since opening our little all-Iowa wine shop we've met some pretty amazing people in the industry. From winemakers to sales reps, from tasting room managers to the great staff at the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute there are so many wonderful people throughout the state that make our job to represent Iowa wines so much easier. Thank you to everyone that nominated and voted for us, we are so appreciative of this award and are looking forward to working with you again this year and beyond!