Like Mike Tyson, wine is usually robust, is often boxed, and should never influence tattooing decisions. Imbibe the spirit of a champion with today's Groupon: for $30, you get two tickets to the 2011 Loess Hills Fall Wine Festival in Thurman, Iowa (up to a $60 value). This year's festival will take place at Sugar Clay Winery & Vineyards on 240th Avenue in Thurman on Saturday, September 24. Gates open at 1 p.m., with $10 tickets available for guests under 21 years old and $15 tickets for Western Iowa Grape Growers members.
Hosted by the Western Iowa Grape Growers Association, the 2011 Loess Hills Fall Wine Festival corrals local vineyards to share the fruits of their labor in a comprehensive tasting paired with a slew of family-friendly festivities. As patrons inhale floral aromas and enjoy the subtleties of local varietals, the festival’s annual grape stomp enlists 100 guests to act out scenes from The Grapes of Wrath barefoot on a stage of vine-ripened fruit. Craft and food vendors are sprinkled throughout the grounds to help patrons cleanse palates, while judges evaluate entries in such categories as best red, best white, and most likely to succeed in staining a cloud costume.
From 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a complimentary dinner is served, joined halfway through by live musicians and accompanied by the rhythmic clinking of glassware. As the day grows ripe with age, attendees can experience a dry finish with a hayride through the vineyard, highlighted by the bloodcurdling howls of ghostly California raisins. Early attendance is rewarded, with each of the first 500 adult patrons receiving a courtesy wine glass.
1446 240th Ave.
Thurman, Iowa 51654