Summer Tour

Spend the afternoon tasting Iowa based wines before experiencing an elegant French wine dinner at the restored 1852 French Icarian village communal dining hall.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
12:15 pm – 8:45 pm
Tour starts at the Ramada Plaza lobby, 3321 South 72nd Street, Omaha
$109 per person
Price includes all wine tastings and evening French wine dinner

Tour registration and full payment deadline July 26, 2019

It’s time to whine in Iowa!

Highlights: Wine and Spanish tapas at Bodega Victorian Winery and Wedding Barn - Johnny Carson’s birth site home - Wine tasting at the floating Corning Winery and Vineyard - French wine dinner and presentation at the French Icarian village


Join us for a tour of unique Iowa wineries and wine dinner at the former 1852-1898 French Icarian village. The day begins in the afternoon with a visit to the Bodega Victorian Winery and Wedding Barn. While serving in the military in Spain, winery owner Doug Grave developed an appreciation for the taste of Spanish wines. Today we taste five Spanish style wines while sampling a variety of traditional tapas. Next, we travel to Corning, Iowa, where we will meet Doris McElwain, the curator of the Johnny Carson birthplace home. Doris will give us a brief insight to Johnny’s 1925 birth and his early beginnings in western Iowa. After the brief tour, we visit the Corning Winery and Vineyard. You will have to walk the gangplank over the water to reach the winery’s unique floating tasting room. After tasting some wines in a souvenir glass, we travel to the French Icarian colony site. It is the longest lived nonreligious colony in the United States. Established in 1852 and disbanded in 1898, only the restored communal dining hall and schoolhouse remain. Tonight we enjoy an elegant French wine dinner and learn more about this interesting piece of Iowa’s history from a period costumed guide. After dinner, we return to Omaha with fond memories of wine, Carson, French colonists and more wine.

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