Ernst & Young Wine Flights
Check event listings below for details.
Local wine retailers will help you brush up on your wine knowledge and tasting skills the third Thursday of each month leading up to the big week.
Hidden Gems of the Wine World
Thursday, January 16 • 6pm • $40
South Union Bread Café • 1007 Locust St, Des Moines
We’re all familiar with the world’s best-known wine regions and the varietals and growers that made them famous. But a perfect marriage of grape, terroir and craftsmanship is not just limited to a few select spots on the map.
Join Gateway Market’s Abbe Hendricks for a surprising look at some of the world’s lesser-known wine producing regions and the grapes rooted in their history, climate and cuisine. Explore an impressive roster of wines from across the globe, offering all the complexity and character of mainstream names without the hefty price tag.
Centro pizza is included with the class.
Pinot Noir & Chardonnay World Tour
Thursday, March 20 • 6pm • $40
Splash Seafood Bar & Grill • 303 Locust Street, Des Moines
A great wine is more than a certain varietal or talented winemaker — it starts first with the terroir. The soil, climate and geography of where the grapes are planted are quite possibly the biggest factors in determining the character of the wine. Join sommelier Ben Nelsen at Splash Seafood for a tour of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay from around the world. Discover how each famous wine region influences the wine in comparative side-by-side tastings. Plus, each stop on the tour will be paired with culinary delights from Splash’s own Dominic Iannarelli to further highlight the characteristics of the grape and its place.
Thursday, March 27 • 6pm • $40
South Union Bread Café • 1007 Locust Street, Des Moines
Mix up your winter and your wine with fun concoctions highlighting your favorite varietals. Gateway Market’s sommelier Abbe Hendricks will help you discover new wine cocktails to keep you warm all season long. And since practice makes perfect, you’ll get to try your hand at mixing your own blends throughout the evening.
Wasabi & Wine: Asian Food & Wine Pairing
Thursday, April 17 • 6pm • $40
Willis Infiniti • 2121 NW 100th Street, Clive
Are you stumped when it comes to which wine to choose with that favorite nigiri sushi, pad thai, red curry or even banh mi? Finding the perfect wine doesn't have to be an ordeal and knowing which wines to pair with your favorite Asian dish can only add to the dining experience. Join Ben Jung of Ingersoll Wine & Spirits at the Willis Infiniti showroom to taste your way through great Asian foods and wine that complements them.
Dinner Party Wine Pairing
Thursday, May 15 • 6pm • $40
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar • 150 S Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines
Entertaining can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to the intimidating task of setting up your menus and wine to complement one another. Let Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse take the guesswork out of the equation as they walk you through the ins and outs of wine pairing complete with dinner party tips. You’ll taste your way through a sample four-course menu and because one wine isn’t always the answer, each course will be paired with two contrasting wines. You’ll learn just what to look for (and what to avoid) to please your palate and your dinner guests!
Guests will walk away with party planning tips including how much wine to have on hand, pairing guidelines & suggestions, dinner timing tricks and more.