For $16, today’s deal gets you a wine tasting for up to four, a bottle of wine, and four souvenir wine glasses (a $32 value) at Dale Valley Vineyard, located on 285th Street.
Twice named the area’s Best Local Day Trip by Des Moines–based Cityview magazine, Dale Valley Vineyard carefully cultivates locally grown varietals to produce delicious regional wines for libation lovers. The wine-tasting samples Dale Valley's grape-based beverages in a turn-of-the-century, one-room country schoolhouse, where animated attendees test five to six semi-sweet to semi-dry wines as schoolmarm phantoms cluck disapprovingly overhead. The fruit-fermented package also includes four logo-emblazoned wine glasses and a bottle of Dale Valley–produced wine, such as the Serendipity blend blush ($13) and the Katydid Marechal Foch red ($12).
Dale Valley Vineyard
Bringing wine to school is typically frowned upon, but the team at Dale Valley Vineyard turned the rebellious act on its head: They brought a 19th-century schoolhouse to their vineyard. Nowadays, it serves as the tasting room for the vineyard that Cityview readers named the Best Local Iowa Day Trip for two years in a row. In the schoolhouse's single room, visitors sample award-winning wines such as White Schoolhouse—a catawba with citrus notes and an evocative chalkboard minerality—and V’s Berry, whose cherry and apple flavors commingle with raspberry and vanilla aromas. Live music entertains visitors most Saturdays from May through September, and the winery’s annual festival, dubbed Winestock, commences in July.