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


Talk with Val Holm (no relation!) at Tiedt Nursery in Waverly.  Val and her staff offer a complete line of BlueStem label wines at their nursery location at 2419 East Bremer Avenue.


Visit with Sharon at Something to Share on Main Street in Conrad.  Sharon is carrying a half dozen different varieties of BlueStem wines and will be adding more soon.  We had a great time at the Halloween wine tasting event!


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.


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!


Check out ALL of our retail locations by visiting our Store Locator page.







Try them!  We use juice purchased from U.S. Elite (in 200 liter drums) for the production of wine at our winery and we love them!  The juice we purchase in large quantities for the winery is exactly the same juice you will receive in a U.S. Elite kit.  We have carried wine kits from WinExpert (Vineco), Cellar Craft and KenRidge but NO MORE!  We want you to be able to produce winery grade wines at home and the kits from U.S. Elite allow you to do that.  You have tried the rest . . . now try the best.


After over two years of bulk aging, BlueStem Winery has a wonderful new wine to offer with its brand new Magic Dragon American Merlot.  As quite a bit of this wine is being used to blend with the next wine we having coming to our shelves, Magic Dragon American Merlot has a very limited production of only 40 cases.  Love Merlot?  Give this new wine of ours a try!!


Hanalei American Cabernet Sauvignon (a Bordeaux Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) will be available in March 2015.

Interested in a wonderful, relaxing CALIFORNIA VACATION?  BlueStem Winery offers wonderful desert vacations through our affiliate, Coachella Desert Retreats.


Whether you like to golf, enjoy the private swimming pool and hot tub, take hikes in the desert (at Joshua Tree NP, Big Morongo State Preserve or several other hiking locations), shop, or use Palm Springs as a central location for doing many of the things Southern California has to offer (San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix are all within driving distance.


If you love wine (which of you does not?), take a beautiful mountain drive (Highway 74 from Palm Desert) over the mountains to Temecula and over 50 wineries.  Take a look at this very nice property in the Movie Colony East neighborhood of Palm Springs by clicking on the Coachella Desert Retreats link above.





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 all of the BlueStem label wines!


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



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 . . .


I have a "bucket list" item during the time from June 21 through June 28 as I will be motorcycling to Edmond, Oklahoma to visit the guy I bunked with for 9 months in Vietnam.  I have not seen him since April 1971 and it is high time!  All web orders placed during this week will be shipped on Monday, June 29 (somewhat dependent on the whether as we may have rain delays while out on the road).

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