Wine & Brews

Sips & Tips: Red Wines are Back

October brings cooler weather, and cooler weather to the Wine Crew means red wines are back in fashion. While collectively, the Crew enjoys the whites for warmer temperatures, we all look forward to pouring some crimson liquids into our glasses for tasting.

This month we decanted a red blend from the Douro Valley of Portugal and tasted alongside a red from northern Italy. The wines were purchased at the Wicked Dame (214 W. 1st St, Dubuque 52001; – and if you haven’t stopped by, met the owner Kim Hackett, and experienced the atmosphere, you’re missing a delightful setting to enjoy a glass of wine. We tasted these blind, which is a bit unfair to the Wine Crew as both of these were anything but mainstream wines. But they meet with everyone’s approval.

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