- 1120 Old Lincoln Highway
Crescent, IA 51526
- Wine Tasting
- Tasting offered: Yes
- Price: free
- Mon-Tue: No hours specified
- Wed-Sat: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
- Sun: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
- Closed major holidays.
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Wine: Winery: Ambiance: May 22, 2012
Favorite Wine: Catawba
Loess Hills Winery was a short 20 minute drive from my place. We stopped for a quick lunch and then drove ½ a mile down the road to the winery (it’s actually just a tasting room now). We chose to sit inside, and our first bottle was Luscious Lushes…a semi-sweet blush. All the Goober Girls found this one to be tasty, and the label is a real hoot! We also tried Vignoles (this one was everyone’s favorite!) and Catawba. The woman serving wine when we got there was friendly and informative. We had the pleasure of meeting Larry who kept us laughing and made our first trip to an Iowa winery a pleasant experience!
Wine: Winery: Ambiance: Oct 17, 2011
Wine: Winery: Ambiance: Jun 07, 2011
Favorite Wine: Loess Hills Blanc
First winery I went to. Loved the wine glasses we bought at the tasting.
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Wine: Winery: Ambiance: May 14, 2011
Favorite Wine: DeChaunac (and all these wines in the pipeline)
(From what he has fermenting now, I anticipate I will have to be upping to more stars on the wine soon. I probably rated the wine lower here today to save room for the anticipated upgrade coming with newer releases. Same thing with the ambiance. This is a new business and there are a lot of things to attend to when you're new. In the meantime, it has the charm of catching something in its infancy.) You know I have a confession to make. Quite some time ago, I read the earlier review on Catch-Wine from Cindy and it dampened my enthusiasm for visiting this winery. That is too bad because it delayed the opportunity to have the great experience I had at this winery today. Not to mention I could have been enjoying LHV's wines these past couple years. I entered the tasting room expecting a sterile, unfriendly visit based on what I read on the other review. Loess Hills Vineyard was the fourth vineyard on the Western Iowa Wine Trail we visited on this particular day and all of our hosts and hostesses at the other wineries were an absolute joy. However, Larry the winemaker and co-owner here was the best of the day. And in comparing Larry's hospitality to us, he ranks right up with the best we have ever encountered. It was so evident that he completely loves making wine and the challenging adventure that comes with it. We felt sort of selfish in that we were getting so much of his attention. It was late in the afternoon this particular Saturday and the tasting room had several other customers and a constant flow of patrons stopping in to get a bottle or two for their evening plans. Throughout all of this hustle and bustle, Larry managed to make us feel special and also attend to everyone else. He knew most of the patrons by their names and by what wines they wanted before they could ask. This says two things to me. Larry is quite the host and people obviously like his wines if he does so much repeat business. I wouldn't expect this every time I visit (maybe not ever again) but in his enthusiasm and generosity to my wife and I on this given day, he opened some of his private collection of an otherwise sold out variety when he learned what kind of white we really like. (Sorry I can't remember the name of this dry, buttery white, but it was oh so good. Hopefully, newer vintages will be available down the road.) Just a little bit later when he saw how much we enjoyed his generous offer from his private supply, he disappeared to the cellar only to come back up with a beaker that he used to top off a barrel or tank below from a white wine that is in process. He admitted that the flavor has a way to go but wanted us to get a feel for where it is headed. The nose on this one was fabulous. I can't wait for its future release. We continued to talk about all things wine and enjoy Larry while he attended to us and everyone else. Somehow the conversation caught the topic of Port. Larry's eyes got that twinkle again and he asked if we wanted to try a port he has in development. We hesitated because we felt like we had already got so much above and beyond what we deserved from him. But we apparently weren't very convincing in our hesitation because he was soon racing to the cellar again and back upstairs returning to us with another beaker. Now mind you, all these samples he is giving us are complimentary above what we paid for our tastings. Larry said the port was coming along good and he felt it was only going to get better before he releases it. It was heavenly. Really. And we have tried a lot of good ports. I meant to write this before a whole week had passed so I could remember the varieties. Norton was one. I think another was Marechal Foch. And the third was either Frontenac or Chambourcin. And I think it is going to be called Trinity. As far as the other reviews concerns about charging for tastings. You know a lot of wineries charge for this and yes a lot of them do not. But of those that do charge, I have never had one that allowed 8 tastings for $5. So I think that is very, very reasonable. And these wineries are in a very risky business as small, new startup businesses outside of traditional winemaking areas. I am happy to help them lower their risk level and help make sure their business survives and makes it to the next stage. Of the tasting it self, the DeChaunac was about as good a version of that varietal that I can remember. Nice peppery tones. Really the only wine in Iowa on this given day that tasted like a dry, European style red.It did help to let it breathe at home. We liked the Vignoles. My son liked the Concord based Reminiscent. The list is predominantly whites right now. But Larry is working on the reds for future development as well. Larry we really appreciated your enthusiasm and generosity. (Just please don't give out too many more samples of that Port. We want to make sure we can buy plenty of it once it is in the bottle.) There is winemaking skill here and it is only going to get better. Lastly, we also purchased a white named Brianna on Larry's recommendation. I haven't had a chance to taste it yet. But based on Larry's "beakers" that were sooooo good, we have to think this semi-sweet white Brianna will be fabulous.
Wine: Winery: Ambiance: Oct 06, 2008
Favorite Wine: Wouldn't try it on a bet!
This vineyard was unwilling to fulfill an agreement during a wine tour to allow the participants to taste their wine. Once the buses arrived at the vineyard, they attempted to have everyone pay for a tasting. It was a most unfriendly visit. I won't go there, nor will I even be tempted to try their wines now. The tour was great fun, but this put a damper on it. It reflected very poorly on the vineyard, I think. They truly lost a great opportunity to let their wines be tasted and enjoyed. Perhaps even sold some, since our tour bus had already purchased a great number of bottles from the previous 2 vineyards that day.
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