White Oak Vineyards

(515) 367-7777 15065 NE White Oak Dr
Cambridge, IA 50046
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To better understand our vision, here is a brief history of White Oak Vineyards, which is a partnership involving my husband, Chris, and myself, Jan Harmeyer, our four children and my parents, Max and Pat Brewbaker. We were originally growing corn and soybeans on approximately eight acres of land at the present site of the vineyard just north and west of Elkhart. After several visits to a local vineyard/winery, Chris began to research the possibility of starting wine grapes on our fields. Our first step involved clearing some trees in one of the small fields, which expanded it to about 2 1/2 acres. That field saw the planting of our first vines. In the spring of 2000 we planted Marechal Foch, a French-American red grape hybrid from cuttings we had propagated over the previous winter. By then we had cleared another field of about 3 acres to plant. In 2002 we planted the second field with St. Croix, another red grape. The third field was planted in the spring of 2003 with a white grape variety, Lacrescent Read more »

Varietals Produced by White Oak Vineyards View all

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Marechal Foch

    Marechal Foch (aka. Foch, Kuhlmann 188-2) is a vigorous, early-ripening variety, with good winter hardiness. It is we...

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  • Domaine Maillard Pere et Fils Chorey-les-Beaune 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/106044. Chorey-les-Beaune is an appellation created in 1970 for red and white wines from the commune of that name in Burgundy. Chorey-les-Beaune is located about 3 miles north-east of the town of Beaune on the lower slopes of the Cotes de Beaune in the valley of th... Read More

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  • We talked a lot about sparkling wine last week but there is a lot more to cover. The biggest sparkling wine day of the year, New Year's Eve, is right around the corner. Opening a bottle of sparkling wine can be a a dangerous proposition. There's a lot of pressure under that cork! But if you like living on the edge, there's always sabrage. When t... Read More

    From the article Holiday Sparkling Bottle Pick List


  • I love a good value when it comes to sparkling wine, but there are so many occasions that warrant higher price points. In fact, purpose is the single most important part of any sparkling wine purchase. Is it a romantic affair or a graduation? Is it Thanksgiving or a retirement party? Will you be present when the bottle is opened? Generally speak... Read More

    From the article The Decision to Spend More on Sparkling Wine


  • Many wineries are distinctly associated with a single appellation or growing region. Martin Ray Winery unlike most can claim to real roots in two distinct California counties, Santa Cruz and Sonoma. When you consider the fact that they also source grapes in some of Napa Valley’s most prime AVA’s the picture that comes in to focus shows a brand t... Read More

    From the article Winery Spotlight: Martin Ray


  • Italy is well known for many things and one of them is an inordinate number of different wine grapes. The variety (400-500) is practically dizzying. That sort of diversity is also present in Italian sparkling wine where a number of traditions persist. One of the best known is Prosecco. These wines are made with the Glera grape and fermented in s... Read More

    From the article World Class Sparkling Wine for Your Holiday Table


  • Okay, we're counting down to the end of the year.  With three drinking weeks left, start nominating your wines of the year.  And, if you like, nominate a wine experience of the year. I'm going to have to think about the WOTY for a while, and I'll update this OP as things occur to me, but I'm going to say it wasn't a year full of head turning win... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's Your 2016 Wine of the...


  • Aloxe-Corton Domaine Daniel Senard 1987

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £9 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/106820.Aloxe-Corton is an appellation created in 1938,although viticulture here goes back centuries,for red and white wines [but over 90% are red] from the commune of Aloxe-Corton and the neighbouring commune of Ladoix-Serrigny. The vineyards are located on t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • This is not your first Thanksgiving rodeo. It's not ours, either. We've brought you a panoply of Thanksgiving table wine suggestions over the past ten years. There was the time we assured you that Thanksgiving wines wouldn't break your bank. In fact, we've discussed Thanksgiving value wines time and time again. We've been here for you during Tha... Read More

    From the article The Ultimate Thanksgiving Wine List


  • Happy Halloween, wine lover! This hallowed holiday isn't just for kids. Adults can and should enjoy their favorite Halloween candies with a little bit of wine. Wine and Halloween candy pairings may be contrived, but that doesn't make them any less fun. In fact, these pairings are quite complex. They are a fine and delicate art not suited to the ... Read More

    From the article It's Not Too Late for Wine and Candy Pairings


  • This Thursday evening at Officine BRERA, I'll get a chance to taste some incredible wines. Well, they sure look incredible on paper anyhow.Champs1966 Bollinger 1999 Clos des Goisses  White Burgs2004 Leflaive Batard Montrachet 2004 Pierre Yves Colin Morey Chevalier Montrachet 2007 Sauzet Batard Montrachet 1999 Bouchard Chevlaier Montrachet  Red B... Read More

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