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Talking Turkey in Southwest Iowa with Help From the Western Iowa Wine Trail
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Talking Turkey in Southwest Iowa with Help From the Western Iowa Wine Trail

Planning a Thanksgiving feast is made much easier with help from the Western Iowa Wine Trail.

Every region of the country has traditional foods at Thanksgiving and during other holiday events.  In Iowa, the feast is often turkey, ham, cream corn, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, homemade rolls, and enough pies to fill a football stadium.  But what wine to serve can be a bit more tricky.  This year, the Western Iowa Wine Trail has several answers!

Southwest Iowa wines can be perfectly matched with turkey and dessert.  This area produces wines which taste different than some of the mass-marketed brands from the west coast. That is largely due to the type of grape grown in this part of the country. However, that shouldn’t deter anyone.  Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to try several new varieties.  Food and wine should complement each other, bringing out the subtle flavors that enhance the dining experience.

  • If you are serving a vegetable tray to start, pick a dry white.
  • With turkey, choose a white that is a little less dry.
  • With your pies and other desserts, select a semi-sweet white. You want a sweet wine to end the meal, but it shouldn't be too sweet. 

Know that your southwest Iowa wine has been hand-crafted with care and pride.  The bottom line is to serve wine you, your family and guests will enjoy.  An upcoming event at the Western Iowa Wine Trail will provide a bounty of helpful information-- Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th.  

For more details and a map, visit their website. Come talk turkey and get some spirited new ideas for your holiday celebration(s).


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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Thanks for the wine-spiration! Cheers!
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