The Secret Cellar

+1 319-841-2172 1202 Curtis Bridge Road NE
Shueyville, IA
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Want to learn The Secret? Stop by and experience an enjoyable visit to the one and only wine, gift, imported beer, and cheese shop in Shueyville, Iowa. Opened in December of 2004, this quaint boutique is overflowing with wonderful and unique items to suit a variety of tastes, and our selection is always changing to offer you something new! While you are there, take your time browsing and don't by too shy to ask for a recommendation on what would go great with your Thanksgiving turkey, or what to bring to the dinner party you're headed to. – Description from iskicm

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  • Foxall and I are getting together for a Burgundy and Barolo dinner in Oakland this Saturday. We may have a seat or two available for anyone willing to make some spur of the moment travel plans. Read More

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  • D, not everything winds up on the internet, at least not via the usual mechanisms.  Being local can help.  Shiners, closeout specialists in the neighborhood, calls from friends, there's stuff that comes in small quantities with "secret" backstory even now.Okay, here are a couple that you won't find east of Reno (I think I used that before, and w... Read More

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  • I've been really bad about posting updates on the house. Structurally, we are finished, and all the walls are painted and floors finished. We have stairs, about to have our big Tansu thing in the middle of them, And we've got a dining room that seats twenty pretty easily.  Maybe more.  (Didn't OT say all that garden building was making him lose ... Read More

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  • A few days ago I participated in a tasting/pairing event that featured white wines. One of the wines was Chablis, and, while discussing this one, the facilitator stated that it was fermented in steel and had never seen oak.  I asked if that was common for the region and he responded that it was absolutely the case, and was so for all white wines... Read More

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  • Here's the note from the Silverback website: 2010 Référence(retail $105)Wallula Vineyard; Bordeaux style blend. Our very best barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon (43%), Merlot (31%), Petit Verdot (12%), Cabernet Franc (9%), and Malbec (5%) were aged separately in new French oak for 13 months and then blended into French puncheons for another year. Dar... Read More

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  • Okay, I'm back from Mexico.  JD guessed right.  It's a 2008 Lisini BdM.  And it was on sale, because I love to be fruga, but it was still above our floor.  Lisini is traditional, in the $75-90 range, usually. Some of the recent vintages of really good BdM are on sale because everyone is turning to the hyped 2010s. I wanted to "send" something he... Read More

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  • Doubtful Fox gave you that Betz DV, he gave me the Brunello and needs the Betz for his own cellar.Best person for that job I'd think would be GregT, so that would put Lucha on the Cadence. Just see most people on the remaining  list could really use some Betz in their own cellars before giving one out. Read More

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  • Well, reveal day is upon us. Why don't I mosey on over to the cellar and grab my gift. From the looks of the box it is likely a single bottle of wine. 750ml in size. From the return address on the shipping label I already know who sent it. But I won't reveal that. I'll let you guys guess based on what's inside. With that in mind I am going to ta... Read More

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  • Why we all do DV!!!In the context of, say, Vino's vintages from the beginning of this millennium, are you saying:the wines will drink the same right now as they will in 2030?bringing the bottles in from delivery and popping and pouring right away will show the wines at their best?DM - they won't drink exactly the same right now as they will in 2... Read More

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  • The old rule of thumb, even for something like a Biondi Santi, was to tuck the Brunello away in a corner of the cellar and forget about it, never to even remember its existence until 20+ years in... Read More

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