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September 1, 2015
Get Ready to Get Jazzed

Max Wellman will be Noce's general manager and entertainment director.
Of all the exciting developments happening downtown right now, we're perhaps most eager for
Noce, a new jazz club scheduled to open late this year. Des Moines vocalist Max Wellman has teamed up with Bob and Maria Filippone to develop the club, which will be housed in a renovated building at 1326 Walnut St.

The after-dinner destination will feature live music from both local and touring acts. With a recessed entrance, raised stage, polished concrete flooring, and bar and cocktail seating for around 100 people, Wellman hopes Noce will evoke the warm feeling of a bygone area that appeals to both patrons and musicians. Read more about the plans for the venue here, in the new issue of dsm.

The issue contains plenty more about the local arts scene as well. You'll be inspired by Rae Fehring, Kathryn Dickel and Cherish Anderson, who, like Wellman, are making a positive impact on the local music scene. Read their stories here. And in this story, you'll learn about arts innovators Katelyn McBurney and the group Chicken Tractor.

Browse and read the entire issue in the Page Turn Pro version here.
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Project in Progress: Master Suite Renovation in Urbandale
This busy couple is working with us as we transform their master suite into a warm, pampering retreat. A fireplace and soaking tub will complete the effect. 
Why I Drink Only French Wines
By Wini Moranville

French wine: Great taste, 
no headache.
I spent a month this summer in the Roussillon region of France, where, every night, I drank a couple of glasses of great local wine. This always resulted in a gentle lift and no hangovers whatsoever.

A couple of days after I got back, I drank the same amount of a good-quality California chardonnay. The gentle lift morphed into a head-spinner; the next day, I woke up with a screaming hangover.

I decided to try an experiment: For a stretch of time, I'd only drink French wines. I've felt much better from that day on.

When it comes to the headaches, many might point to the higher level of sulfites often used in American wines, claiming that the preservatives are the culprits. However, research on this is not conclusive.

Frankly, I think it boils down to alcohol content. Many American wines have a higher alcohol content (14 percent and more) than most French wines, which often weigh in at 13.5 percent or lower. Yes, it matters: If you drink a 12.5 percent glass instead of a 14.5 percent glass, you're getting about 13.8 percent less alcohol in each glass you drink.

Fortunately, my newfound mandate comes at a great time. These days, with the strong dollar, you can find good values from France. In fact, most of the French wines I buy at Ingersoll Wines and Spirits are under $15 a bottle.

Look for Domaine de Poix Touraine (a lively, dry chenin blanc), Beauregard Bourgueil (a bright, food-friendly red made from cabernet franc) and Richemer Piquepoul, a racy white with a citrusy zip.

Ingersoll Wine & Spirits is at 3500 Ingersoll Ave. 255-3191; and 1300 50th St., West Des Moines, 327-9191.
Beauty and the Buildings

The Polk County Administration Building, built in 1908, features beaux-arts style. It was inspired by the "City Beautiful" movement sweeping the nation in the early 20th century.
This is your last chance--and you'll only regret it if you miss the season's final Architecture at Hand walking tour at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11. The summer-long series of tours has been hosted by the Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF).

We've been on three of the 90-minute walking tours and encourage you to join the finale. On previous tours, we roamed downtown's East Village neighborhood and explored some of the downtown core's most architecturally significant buildings.

Design professionals guide the tours, pointing out details of the city's architectural history. You'll see and learn about such styles as art deco, beaux-arts, Italianate, modernist and Gothic revival.
 
The tour costs $10 and starts at the IAF office, 400 Locust St., Suite 100. If it rains, the tour will be by skywalk. By the way, the IAF also offers private tours for group events. Contact director@iowaarchfoundation.org for more information.
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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