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Wine: Picket Fence

April 27, 2010 | Iowa,Wine

I am by no means a wine connoisseur, but I like to drink it, and I really like to try local wines. I was surprised to learn how many wineries there are in Iowa. We even have one just down the road from us. What’s better than trying the local flavor of your new home?

This isn’t a review. I’ll leave that to the experts. No, this is more of an American Bandstand Rate-a-Record opinion, “It’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it. I give it a 98, Dick.” Only, you know. With wine. And without Dick.

I recently tried Picket Fence, a semi-sweet white wine by Park Farm Winery in Bankston, Iowa. It was recommended to me by Eric in the liquor department at Hy-Vee in Mason City. It was $9.99. (He was spot on with all his recommendations.)

On the bottle: “A crisp, clean, semi-sweet white wine. Our Picket Fence pairs wonderfully with fish, seafood, chicken and pork dishes; especially when cooked with butter or cream sauces. Not too dry, yet not too sweet, this wine is on the fence!”

I really liked it. I like white wines, especially German rieslings, but some of the Iowa whites I’ve tasted are way too sweet with a “homemade” taste to them. Picket Fence, though, was just the right balance for me. I drank it with a ham dish with a cream sauce — a recipe I got from @collisionbend (Thanks, Will!) — and it was tasty.

Posted by Becky @ 6:00 am  

3 Responses to “Wine: Picket Fence”

  1. Derek Says:


    I really like “Picket Fence”, very good wine… You also should try “Prelude” from Tassel Ridge its fantastic!! I think you can get it up in Mason City

  2. Pat Felder Says:

    I used to live in Mason City and always shopped at HyVee…
    I was in Iowa this summer and bought a bottle of Picket Fence in New Hampton. I tasted so many wines that day, I don’t really remember what it tasted like. Thanks for your comments. I have become a red wine drinker, but still like pignotgrigio and sauvogmon blanc…I think the PF will be just right for my tast.

  3. Becky Says:

    Pat, it’s so nice to hear from you! I also like some of the fruit wines from Iowa … the Farm House (in Fredericksburg) raspberry is really good, as is the Mt. Valley (in Forest City) cranberry. :)

    And? I just realized I never responded to the other comment here … thanks for the comment, Derek!

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