I will throw in a quick plug for the 2012 Tropical Wine Festival on February 3, 2012 at the Des Moines Botanical Center. I attended last year’s festival and it was packed. The venue can’t really be beat, but the Botanical Center does not have a whole lot of meeting room space. The cost is $30 beforehand through Midwestix and $35 at the door. If you are a fan of Iowa wines, then this is a great way to sample the offerings of about fifteen different wineries. Last year the hors d’ouevres were too sparse to feed the packed crowds, but the promotional materials for this year’s event seem to suggest that there will be more food. That would be a welcome improvement. You can also dine at Splash or Bos and use your bottle without a corkage fee. This event is organized by the Heart of Iowa Wine Trail.
Date: Friday, February 3, 2012
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Place: Des Moines Botanical Center
909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA