Midwestern Magic: Iowa’s Home-Grown Innovators
by Clark Smith
March 19, 2009
ould there be a more unlikely spot for me to ask you wine lovers to cast a gaze upon? Hey, a scant seven years ago, Iowa was home to only a dozen wineries, making mostly fruit wines. But in 2009 we can count 80 wineries producing 600 wines. (Lest those numbers invite comparison to California in 1970, we are still only talking a state-wide total of 100,000 cases.) Yet for the adventurous connoisseur, those ranks include some of the most interesting, well made, and flat out delicious wines on the continent.