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April 5, 2007

UI Institute Offers 'Wines Of Iowa' Class, Tours

Could Iowa become the next Napa Valley of the Midwest? Some Iowa vintners think so, and individuals taking the "Wines of Iowa" class and tours will be able to judge for themselves.

Older adults can learn about Iowa's thriving grape-growing operations and winemaking and tour seven Iowa wineries in May and June through a five-week course from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Iowa Center on Aging.

"Wines of Iowa" is open to everyone age 50 and older. The first session will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22; subsequent sessions will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 29, June 5, 12 and 19. The cost for the five-week session is $350, which includes lunch, transportation, winery tours and wine tasting. Individual sessions also are available for $80 each trip.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 9. Additional information and registration is available online at, or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or

"Wines of Iowa" sessions include:

--"Introduction to Wine Tasting," 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Learn the art of wine tasting, led by Julia Bailey from the Prairie Table in Iowa City and followed by a trip to Wallace Winery in West Branch. Tour the winery, and taste their award-winning Meritage wine along with an appetizer lunch.

--"Iowa Chateau," 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. Visit Park Farm Winery in Bankston to tour the vineyards and its Chateau-styled winery. Learn about the history of Iowa wineries, sample the Park Farm wine and enjoy a picnic lunch.

--"Winery and Bistro," 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 5. Travel through Grant Wood country to Daly Creek Winery and Bistro in Anamosa for a tour and wine tasting, followed by a chef-prepared lunch in the Bistro wine garden. The next stop is Cedar Rapids to visit Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery for a tasting and tour of Iowa's first legal still to operate since Prohibition.

--"Grapes In Iowa?" 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. Visit two unique wineries in Newton. Enjoy a four-course lunch, tour and wine tasting at Sugar Grove Vineyards and Gathering Place, where participants can watch elk grazing next to the 12-acre vineyards. A stop at nearby Jasper Winery will include a tour, wine tasting and class about Iowa grape growing with owner Jean Groben.

--"From the Vine to the Bottle," 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 19. The destination is Tabor Home Vineyards and Winery in Baldwin, a family-owned and operated winery on the original 1860s family farmstead. Paul Tabor will teach about the winemaking process and lead tours of the winery and its 14-year-old vineyards. Hands-on demonstrations take you behind the scenes as the winemaking process goes from the vine to the bottle. Taste the internationally award-winning wines in various stages of production and relax over a catered lunch.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is a program of the Center on Aging and is affiliated with the national network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, designated and funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco. There are currently 101 Osher institutes in 46 states. For more information, visit

The UI Center on Aging fosters and supports interdisciplinary research, education and service throughout the campus and state to improve understanding of the aging process and the health and well being of older people. For more information, visit

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI in advance at 319-384-4221.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,