08. Press


Still Making A Splash

Wini Moranville
DSM Magazine

A sharp focus on an enduring mission keeps this longtime venue firmly at the top of its game…

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Three great affordable (and ambitious) wine lists

David Elbert
The Des Moines Register

Take advantage of the expertise of two Certified Sommeliers, Ben Nelson and Andy Crounse. When I asked Nelson for his under-$10 picks, he enthused about two Italian reds chosen specifically to go with seafood: the “elegant, earth-driven” Brancaia Tre ($9), a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Sangiovese, and the Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti ($8), “the fruiter of the two.” With dessert, try the fruity, lightly sparkling Castello del Poggio Moscato ($7)…

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Splash wines the charcuterie arts

Jim Duncan
Cityview

Des Moines has become a serious charcuterie town. Ten years ago, Des Moines delicatessens typically sliced cured meats from industrial purveyors like Hormel. Antipasti trays in Italian restaurants here resembled Hy-Vee deli platters more than those of restaurants in Italy. Then suddenly the city became Parma on the prairie…

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What The Wine Pros Know

Wini Moranville
DSM Magazine

Splash Seafood Bar & Grill offers one of the most ambitious and extensive wine lists that Des Moines has to offer. Ben Nelson, the resident Sommelier at Splash, has continued the tradition of wine at splash and has helped the restaurant win the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for the last 14 years…

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