Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Want to Help Us Craft a New Wine?

New Wine Tasting Trial
Fireside Winery
DATE: Saturday, March 3rd
TIME: 4 sessions (11a,12p, 2p, 3p)
LOCATION: 1755 P Ave., Marengo, IA 52301

Typically when Fireside Winery launches a new wine the management team gathers together and talks and tastes through the wines and selects a favorite. But this time we wanted to give our Facebook Fans a unique opportunity to experience what it's like to craft a new wine.

The Process: Participants will gather together in our cellar to taste and evaluate a new, sweeter-style white wine. As a member of our "taste team" you'll try five different samples and provide us with feedback on your preferences. Following the taste trial we'll also ask for your opinion on potential names for this new wine (and please feel free to give us your ideas too).

The Dates & Times: The Tasting Trail will take place on Saturday, March 3rd (4 different sessions, 45 minutes each). Maximum number of session participants: 12
  • Session 1 - 11-11:45am
  • Session 2 - 12-12:45pm
  • Session 3 - 2-2:30pm
  • Session 4 - 3-3:30pm
Eligibility: Exclusively for Facebook Fans and Fireside Fan Club members.

How to Register: Each session is limited to the first 12 registrants (no more than two persons per registration). Submit your name (and guest name, if applicable), hometown, phone number, and session preferences (indicate first, second, and third preference) via email to:

Registrants will be notified at least one week prior to the event and asked to confirm their attendance. Questions should be directed to Brad Johnson at

Hidden Treasures

Periodically, despite our best efforts, our inventory of certain wines becomes depleted. Currently, we are temporarily out of BLU, Matchbox and St. Croix. 

While our winemaker feverishly does everything possible to speed up the wine making process, I thought I'd look around at our area retailers to see if I might find some in a store close to you!

Cedar Rapids (CR) & Iowa City (IAC):

  • Marion - Hy-Vee Drugstore (11 bottles)
  • C.R. - Mt. Vernon Hy-Vee Drugstore (3 botles)
  • C.R. - Benz Beverage Depot (3 bottles)
  • IAC - Hy-Vee (812 S. 1st Ave) - (4 bottles)
  • IAC - RJZ Express (2 Escort Ln) - (10 bottles)
  • C.R. - Mt. Vernon Hy-Vee Drugstore (3 bottles)
  • C.R. - 6th St. Hy-Vee Drugstore (3 bottles)
  • IAC - Hy-Vee Drugstore (310 N. 1st Ave.) - (3 bottles)
  • IAC - RJZ Express (2 Escort Ln) - (7 bottles) 
Dolce St. Croix:
  • IAC - Hy-Vee (1201 N. Dodge St.) - (6 bottles)

Happy Wine Hunting!!!

Wine Art Contest at Fireside Winery

Calling all Artists and Crafty Folks!
We're excited to announce our first-ever Wine Art Contest
Saturday, March 24, 2012.

General Guidelines
To be considered, all entries must have something to do with Fireside Winery, wine, vineyard, or grapes. Be creative and have fun!

1) Cork Art - using corks
2) Bottle Art - using wine bottles
3) Photography - wine related, must be printed and at least 8” x 10” in size
4) Painting/Drawing - wine related
5) Wearable Art - wine related clothes, jewelry, etc.

Submit your entries by: March 19th

Public voting will take place from 10am-5pm on Saturday, March 24th

One winner from each category will win a 3-pack of wine.
One Grand Prize will be awarded (1 case of wine) by the owners and recognized as "Best of Show".

Questions? Contact Cassie at

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Want to Save $$$ on Fireside Wines?

One of the easiest ways to save money on your Fireside wine purchases is to become a Fireside Fan Club member. We make it easy to join, here's how:

You become eligible for Fireside Fan Club membership after you purchase a case of wine (12 bottles).  You'll immediately get a 10% discount.  

Our tasting room staff will ask if you'd like to join our free Fan Club -- fast and easy!  One thing to remember is membership sign-ups* must be made at the time of payment for the case of wine you are buying (not retroactively).

Benefits of being a Fireside Fan Club member:
  • 15% discounts on case purchases (12 bottles)
  • 10% discounts on wine purchases (less than a case)
  • Use of Fireside Winery stemware during special events (at the winery - limit 4 per visit).
  • It's FREE!
Duration of Fan Club Membership?  One year following your original effective sign-up date.  To continue your membership for another year, another case must be purchased at a 15% discount.  The 15% discount is only valid for one month after your membership expiration date.  After this time, enrollment must start all over with only the 10% discount.

*membership enrollment is not eligible during our annual case sale.  

Monday, January 9, 2012

Red Hot Wine Sale!

*SAVE 20% on the following wines....
January Special - Cordovan (Zinfandel)
February Special - CoCo (Cabernet Sauvignon)

*Sale prices valid only at Fireside Winery for the specified wines and months (during 2012).