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A bluestem biography

Owning a home brew and wine making supply store plus operating our own winery?  Never in a million years . . . READ ON . . .

 

   BLUESTEM WINES AVAILABLE OFF-SITE

BlueStem Winery wines are now being sold at locations other than at the winery in Parkersburg.

 

J & C Grocery Stores in both Allison and Dumont began offering BlueStem wines in July 2014.  Stop by J & C in Allison at 306 N. Main St. from 7:30 to 7:30 Monday through Saturday and from 9:00 to 1:00 on Sunday or visit J & C in Dumont at 611 Main St. from 8:00 to 6:00 Monday through Saturday.  Both stores carry nearly a complete line of BlueStem label wines!

 

In April 2014 BlueStem added Matts Grill and Bar in Parkersburg to its list of restaurants serving BlueStem label wine.  Open from 3pm until ?? on Monday through Saturday.  (319) 346-1185.

 

Rustic Brew is a new brew pub / restaurant which just opened at 117 1st Street NW in Hampton.  Rustic Brew features their own label beers plus ALL varieties of BlueStem Winery wines. Four of BlueStem wines are served as house wines by the glass and all of our wines are available by the bottle for consumption at the restaurant or for take home.  Hours at Rustic Brew are Monday to Wednesday 7:30am to 5pm, Thursday from 7:30am to 5pm and Friday and Saturday from 7:30am to whenever they turn the lights off. Phone them at (641) 456-2141.

 

Another great restaurant to visit that features BlueStem label wines is the Water Street Grill on W. Bremer Ave. in Waverly!  Angie and Steve would love to have you stop by for good food and a bottle of BlueStem label wine!

 

For a list of all retail establishments carrying BlueStem wines check out our Store Locator page.

 

U.S. ELITE WINE KITS AT

BLUESTEM WINERY!!

 

If you came to the BlueStem Winery web site looking for a wine kit, we have a treat in store for you!

 

BlueStem Winery is now stocking ONLY U.S. Elite brand wine kits--as far as we know, U.S. Elite is the only TTB (the old Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) certified wine kit available (correct me if I am incorrect).  U.S. Elite wine kits are made from 100% varietal juice as opposed to most wine kits which contain less than 10% varietal juice with the balance being juice of unknown varietals purchased in bulk on the open market.

 

Try them!  We use juice purchased in 200 liter drums for the production of wine at our winery and have had nothing but success.  The juice we purchase in large quantities for the winery is exactly the same juice you will receive in a U.S. Elite kit.  Enjoy!

   WINE VARIETAL DESCRIPTIONS

Confused by all the different names for wine and by the many different types of grapes? The links below will lead you to pages on our website which briefly describe the various types of grapes and the wines that are made from them.

 

RED GRAPE VARIETALS

WHITE GRAPE VARIETALS

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BlueSaver

Shipping

is only $8.95!!

 

Full details about BlueSaver shipping are on the Policies page of our web site but the nuts and bolts are that we will ship your ENTIRE ORDER to anywhere in the lower 48 United States for $8.95.  No matter how large your order is!

 

Wine ingredient kits from U.S. Elite or Cellar Craft all ship for $8.95 (even if you order more than one!) and you can order whatever else you want and all of it ships for $8.95 . . . TOTAL!!!

 

 

BlueStem Wines

In addition to home brewing and wine making supplies BlueStem also markets their own label wines!

 

READ MORE about our ten BlueStem label wines!

 

AFTER A LONG HIATUS, DARK SIDE IS BACK ON THE SHELVES AT BLUESTEM WINERY!  IT SOLD OUT QUICKLY LAST BATCH AND WE ANTICIPATE THE SAME THIS TIME SO STOP IN TO SEE US SOON!

THE PARKERSBURG TORNADO OF 2008

Our home brewing and wine making supply store was spared but the photo above shows what was left of my son's 2002 Ford Lightning pickup after the deadly tornado of Memorial Day (May 25), 2008 in Parkersburg.  As many of you know, our town here in northeast Iowa was ripped apart by one of the largest tornados ever to ever hit the United States.  Winds from this tornado are known to have exceeded 205 miles per hour (what is known as an EF-5 tornado) and are believed to have been as high as 250 miles per hour . . . READ MORE

SO . . . JUST WHAT IS BLUESTEM ANYWAY?

 

One thing that I learned about Iowa that I did not know prior to beginning our winery, wine making equipment, and home brewing supply business was that a hundred years ago Iowa was the sixth leading producer of grapes in the United States.  So what happened?  Several things . . . READ MORE!

 

 

Store Hours

 

BlueStem Winery hours (and any special dates that the store will be closed) for the sale of our BlueStem label wines, Brewers Best beer brewing kits, brewing equipment, plus our selection of U.S. Elite Micro-Winery wine kits along with a list of the holidays we observe and other dates that we are closed are available by going to our POLICIES page . . .

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