Our Anniversary Wine Tasting Event - A Memorable Evening of Wine
Ingersoll Wine & Spirits opened its doors in March 1987. The Iowa legislature just a year prior decided that it would leave the function of selling liquor to private industry. Coinciding with this decision meant that Iowa liquor stores would no longer be staffed by state employees but by individual private entities including even grocery stores. Over time former state-operated liquor stores would disappear. The impact was perhaps most noticeable in more rural parts of the state where stores existed more by administrators than private enterprise. One by one across the state and even in more urban areas many of the former state stores closed.
In the Des Moines area one of the surviving locations was the former state store located at 3503 Ingersoll Avenue. Ingersoll Wine & Spirits soon became one of the state's best known independently owned liquor store successful without a State of Iowa run liquor monopoly. While there are now two store locations in the Des Moines area - a second store location in West Des Moines, our 26 year history marks one of the few Iowa liquor stores that has succesfully operated since the landmark decision to put retail liquor sales in private hands.
Every year in March we celebrate this decision that Iowa made more than a quarter century ago. We call this event held at the Hotel Fort Des Moines the Anniversary Wine Tasting Event. On March 1st, 2013 - over 100 attendees to the event sampled 120 wines including imported and craft brews, and some distilled spirits. New at this year's tasting event was the inclusion of New York ice wines from the Finger Lakes region and a red wine themed table featuring selections from the Napa Valley. Family owned, smaller production and not yet in the market were all possible criterias that at this tasting table we called the Community Chest; afterall wine is about sharing!
The conclusion of our anniversary tasting event, however does not indicate the only event worth attending. In just a short two months from mid-March we invite you to join us in Clive, IA at one of the showrooms of Willis Auto Campus for a Tuesday evening of wine on May 14th from 6-8pm. Details for Wine Flights is still underway, but we can tell you that this year's theme is sure to be a hit with wine lovers! So mark your calendar for 5/14/13 and be sure to check the link below for more details about our Napa theme wine event in May!
We will continue to update our tasting events page as we near our Tuesday, May 14th date for Des Moines Winefest Wineflights at the Wills Auto Campus in Clive, Iowa.
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