May 26, 2015
Toasting Tuesday at last year's Winefest.
Winefest on My Mind    
By Wini Moranville

Winefest Des Moines, the city's yearly celebration of all things food and wine, starts May 30, and of the events that are not sold out, here are the ones I'm looking forward to the most, along with wines that--having snagged a partial list of participating wineries--I'll be lining up to taste. 
  • Toasting Tuesday (June 2, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Riverwalk Hub, 215 Water Street; $35). This effervescent event focuses on sparkling wines. Sure, you'll want to put your glass out for some high-end bottles, like the Bollinger Brut, but don't forget: This is a great chance to discover some moderately priced wines to enjoy on an any-night basis. Try Domaine de Baumard Crémant de Loire, for example. Also sample Chiarli Vecchia Modena Lambrusco, a less-sweet, more lively style of Lambrusco that Italians truly drink.
  • The Grand Tasting (June 6, 6 to 9 p.m. at Cowles Commons and Capital Square, 500 Locust St.; $75). I always find something new here. Last year, it was a great Blaufränkisch from Austria (a less tannic, yet seriously good red). This year, I'll be poking around for more surprises from lesser-known regions. I'll also be stopping by the Dry Creek Vineyards setup, because their crisp, mouthwatering sauvignon blanc is among the best in the under $15 price tier and because they do wonderfully balanced zinfandels, too.

At the Grand Tasting, be sure to swing by Splash's Raw and Bubbly Bar and get a taste of the Nicolas Feuillate Champagne--a best-seller in France, a country that knows about bubblies.


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Mary Mattingly has done many public works of art, like this one named "Pull" that was installed on the streets of Havana, Cuba, last year. 
Art for Nature's Sake
A temporary public art installation by New York-based artist Mary Mattingly will be unveiled along the Raccoon River at 1 p.m. on May 30 in Water Works Park (near the pedestrian bridge). The free event opens at 11 a.m. and will include music, food trucks, float trips and more.

The festivities will kick off a regional water trails project for improving the water and greenways in Greater Des Moines. The plan is being developed on behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources by the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. 

For more information on the planning process and community events, click here

fyi: Mark Your Calendar   

  • Principal Charity Classic will be June 2-7 at Wakonda Club and feature a golfing fan's dream of events. A unique networking event called Networking "OFF" the Green will accompany the tournament and offer an opportunity to mingle with 30 of Greater Des Moines' elite executives. Ticket packages are available and cost $40-$95; for more information and to register, click here.
  • Lutheran Services of Iowa (LSI) will reopen its annual Global Greens farmers market June 6 at LSI's Refugee Connection Center, 3200 University Ave. The market will be operate Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through September and will feature produce grown by displaced farmers of refugee status who have resettled in Iowa. For more information, click here.
  • Mercy Foundation's House of Mercy Game Show Gala will be June 18 at 6 p.m. at Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. The evening will be a fun-spirited version of "Family Feud," with teams competing to raise support for House of Mercy. Tickets cost $150; $75 for young professionals; and $1,500 for a table of 10 and can be bought here. Remember to RSVP by June 5.
Thank you to everyone who attended The List Finale.
P.S. The List Finale


Thank you to everyone who came out to Spirit Home Healthcare last week to celebrate 
The List Finale as we retired the feature.
We enjoyed networking and revealing the connections among people who have appeared on
dsm's "The List" over the past two years, as well as reminiscing about Lists of years past.

In case you missed it, here are the results of the final List reveal. Click here to hear our chairman, Connie Wimer, talk about the conception of the feature that had a 12-year run.        


Belle Du Chene is senior editor of dsm magazine.

Wini Moranville, author of "The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day," is a food, wine and travel writer who covers the dining scene for dsm magazine. Follow her at All Things Food DSM - Wini Moranville and catch her food segment on Fridays at 6:40 a.m. on KCWI-23's "Great Day" morning show.
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