Winefest 2012

Winefest Des Moines is celebrating its 10th year in a big way: The event is expanding to eight days–June 2-9–because “a full week can offer something for everyone, from free tastings to $250 Prima dinners, says Nikki Syverson, executive director.

Some of the new events include educational workshops at Meredith Corp. June 2; Iowa Lawn Party June 3 at Jasper Winery, with samples of locally made wine, beer and food products; Wine Flights June 5, hosted by local wine shops; and She Said Wine—He Said Beer, a multi-course dinner paired with both a wine and a microbrew. As in previous years, Winefest will include Prima dinners Thursday (June 7) at various locations (see list below) and Sips & the City Friday (June 8) and the Grand Tasting Saturday (June 9), both at Capital Square.

This year, “Winefest wants to put the ‘grand’ back in the Grand Tasting,” Syverson says. All wine will be $20-and-up bottles, with the VIP room featuring sparkling wine and sweet treats as well as samples of local wine collectors’ favorite bottles. What’s more, singer Max Wellman will perform, and elegant decorations will adorn the venue. And be sure to gussy up; Winefest is encouraging cocktail attire.

Best of all, your good time will benefit Bravo Greater Des Moines. Since 2003, the Winefest has raised more than $350,000 for local charities. Event prices and other details:

2012 Prima dinners
Linda and Tom Koehn’s home
Chef David Baruthio, Baru 66
Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley
Sponsored by West Bank

Margo and Don Blumenthal’s home
Dominic Iannerelli, Splash Seafood Bar & Grill
Duckhorn, Napa Valley

Iowa Realty “million-dollar home”
Chef Andrew Meek, Sbrocco
Dandelion Vineyards, Australia
Sponsored by Iowa Realty

Wakonda Club
Chef George Migliero, Wakonda Club
Elk Cove, Willamette Valley

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