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Wine & Your Christmas Dinner

December 14, 2016 holidays, pairings
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As you prepare to celebrate with friends or sit down with family this holiday season, it’s good to know what kind of wine to serve on the right occasion with the right meal, right? Us at Indiana Uplands Wine Trail are here to share some of our favorite wines along with food pairing suggestions. Each of our wineries’ selections include a variety of wines that pair well with anything from green bean casserole to mashed potatoes, to a nice cheese plate, and more.


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Spiced Apple
– Forget the pie.  Bring out the pretzels and enjoy a glass of Best Vineyards Spiced Apple wine.  It’s apple pie in a bottle; a perfect way to finish off that holiday meal.

Nouveau – Produced in the traditional French Nouveau style but with a unique Hoosier twist.  Bright fruity flavors pair with the holiday dinner.  Or serve it warmed with mulling spices on a brisk fall walk.

 

 

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2015 estate-grown Chambourcin Rose for your holiday table. It is a semi-dry rose with a wonderful aroma and flavor of strawberries, kiwi, and cherries.  We suggest pairing it with pork or poultry.  Retail price is $15.95.

Our suggested white wine to cap your Holiday feast is our 2015 estate-grown Late Harvest Vignoles.  Aromas of ripe pears with a sweet tropical finish. Double Gold medal winner.

 

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The bright and fruity characteristics of Autumn White Wine are a wonderful pairing for your Christmas dinner.  Add some of your homemade cranberry sauce on the side and it is a treat for the taste buds!
 

 

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Heaven’s View Vidal – Extended time on the vine in the warm autumn sun of our vineyard lends aromas of pineapple, mango and honey with a crips green apple flavor. Wonderful paired alongside the classic roasted turkey and all the fixings.

Cabernet Franc – Estate bottled dry red wine with berry and toasted oak flavors. Perfect complimenting the beef pot roast sure to grace your family’s table.

Looking for a new treat for your dessert table?  Try Laura’s Crema Dolce Pumpkin Bread!

 

Crema Dolce Pumpkin Bread
Yields:  3 – 8×4 loaves

2 cups white sugar
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
One 29-ounce can Libby’s pumpkin (not pie filling)
4 large eggs
1 cup walnut oil (can substitute other light oil if there is a nut allergy)
4 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Crema Dolce

Preheat the oven to 350º.  Grease three 8in x 4in loaf pans.  In a large bowl, combine the sugars, pumpkin, eggs, and nut oil.  Beat with a large whisk or an electric mixer until smooth.

In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt, whisking lightly to remove any lumps.  Gently combine the wet and dry mixtures and beat until smooth.  Stir in the cream sherry.  Vigorously beat until thoroughly blended, about 1 to 2 minutes.  The batter will be thick.

Scoop batter into prepared pans, filling each no more than 3/4 full.  Bake immediately in the center of the preheated oven 65 to 75 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into each center comes out clean.  The top surfaces will be crusty and have a long center crack.  Let stand 5 minutes in the pans before turning the loaves out onto a rack to cool completely.

FOR BEST FLAVOR:  Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and let set at room temperature overnight or up to 4 days before serving.

 

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Traminette – This semi-dry white is full of characteristic honeysuckle notes and a delicate fruitiness that pairs perfectly with your Christmas feast, from green bean casserole to turkey to cranberry sauce.

Barrel Aged Pinot Gris – A limited release wine, this one spends a short time aging in oak, which lends a softness to the usual high acid you get from this grape.  The oak smooths out the edges but the wine manages to maintain its crispness, making it an ideal selection for rich foods commonly served during the holidays, or as a pairing with a cheese course.

 

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Creekbend Noir 2015 – A dry red that never undergoes barrel aging, allowing all the abundant fruit character of black cherries, blackberries, and currant notes to shine. With a light body and soft, lingering finish it is the perfect accompaniment to pork roast or vegetable dishes looking for a jammy pairing.

Creekbend Tawny 2013 – 50% Chambourcin and 50% Vidal Blanc grapes.  Both varietals are fermented and arrested by neutral grape spirits, blended and then aged to develop the wonderful tawny characteristics of the venerable Portuguese styles.  Fig, dates, caramel and butterscotch fill the warm mouth feel and make for the perfect dessert pairing with pumpkin or pecan pie.  Or skip the desserts altogether, and wrap up in a blanket and sip next to a roaring fire for the perfect after-dinner nightcap.

 

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Persimmon Heritage is a perfect finish to your holiday meals, enjoy this vanilla and cinnamon infused dessert wine that screams holiday season. The men have options too with our Persimmon Bold, a semi-dry persimmon wine aged in a bourbon barrel for 6 months. space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space

 
01“With the Christmas Holiday fast approaching, we are asked often, “What wine would you recommend for Christmas turkey?”  My response, “Whatever wine you like.  If you like a sweeter wine, perhaps go with our estate grown and bottled, “Open My Mind 2016” made from our Diamond grapes.  A little drier, perhaps our estate-grown and bottled Vignoles 2016.  Both wines are lighter in alcohol so if you ever get that metallic taste in your mouth from drinking wine with food, both the sweetness and the lower alcohol should tamp that down.  Or for the more bold folks, perhaps some estate-grown and bottled Chambourcin NV, made from blending 2011 and 2013 barrel aged Chambourcin.  But most importantly, whatever wine you enjoy, enjoy it most with the family and friends you share this holiday with this year.”

 

 

08Winzerwald Gewürztraminer | This Semi-dry Gewürztraminer is a perfect turkey or roasted goose pairing.  It’s fruit forward flavors and a touch of residual sugar and more complex floral notes can stand tall among all the competing holiday dinner foods including sweet potatoes & marshmallows, tangy cranberries, herbed gravies and savory dressing; whereas a super dry wine might pale amongst all that fruit, sugar and salt.  The acidity will also help cleanse the palate after the onslaught of flavors, too.  Dry enough for dry wine drinkers to enjoy, and paired with a meal is also enjoyed by sweet wine lovers, too.
 

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Winzerwald Cranberry | Winzerwald has been producing Cranberry wine since 2004.   Cranberry juice was a breakfast favorite of Donna Adams, one of the owners who grew up in Wisconsin where cranberry bogs dot the northern landscape.  The Cranberry wine is a perfect sweet match to the sweet and fruity components on the Christmas table, and of course, a perfect companion to the cranberries themselves.  Its tartness holds up to the fattier dark meats and savory side dishes, too.  Winzerwald’s Cranberry wine has a perfectly sweet and tart balance, that while a sweet wine, the tartness of the Cranberry itself makes the wine loved by dry wine lovers as well.  Its beautiful, cranberry color looks stunning in filled glasses around your family’s table, too!  Winzerwald’s Cranberry and red & white spiced wines can be purchased in a regular bottle or a tree-shaped holiday bottle.

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Holidays in the Uplands 2016

November 11, 2016 Events, holidays

 

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DIY Seasonal Wine Glasses

October 28, 2016 DIY, holidays

Nothing makes us happier than having a home full of family and friends, gathered for no good reason other than to be together. With several holidays around the corner, we came up with a colorful, creative way to decorate your favorite wine glasses!

These designs make for an adorable centerpiece whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving, having a Halloween party, entertaining friends, or simply sitting around the table with your family. In other words, they’re good enough for company but not too formal for a casual dinner or get together. Not into centerpieces? Personalize your glasses individually according to your favorite designs or upcoming holidays!

Alright, grab your paintbrushes and lets get colorful!

You’ll Need:

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Directions

Start by wiping your wine glasses clean to make sure they’re free of dust and debris (this helps the paint stick as well).

Begin by painting the bowl of your wine glasses so you can paint the stem once it’s dry. Allow the first layer to dry 5-8 minutes. Apply base layers until completely covered. This will usually take 3 layers of paint.

Now that your base paint is dry, it’s time for details! The sky is the limit on your seasonal designs, so we provided a few examples to spark your creativity!


Complete Set

 

Here’s to a great fall & holiday season!
Cheers!

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Cocktails: IUWT Fall Edition

September 28, 2016 pairings

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What pairs perfectly with your couch and some heavy knits? A warming cocktail featuring our favorite fall ingredients and select IUWT wines, of course. This weekend, stock the bar cart and treat yourself to one of these cozy drinks.

Autumn Sangria
from Winzerwald Winery

A great transition cocktail from the fruity sangrias of summer to the warm winter Glühwein.

Autumn Sangria mixes the cinnamon and spice of the Glühwein with the delicious apple cider and fresh fruit flavors all served chilled for a special Fall treat.

  • 2 bottles Winzerwald Winery Glühwein
  • 2 cups sparkling cider (or pure apple cider)
  • 1 small pear
  • 1 small green apple
  • 1 small red apple
  • 1 small orange

Pour bottles of Glühwein into a pitcher. Add the cider and stir to mix. Thoroughly rinse and dry all the fruit. Cut thin slices of each fruit and add to the pitcher.

Cover top of pitcher with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. This can be prepared a day or two in advance, which will infuse more fruit flavor into the wine and spice into the fruit. Add a few pieces of the soaked fruit to each serving glass. Makes 8 to 10 servings.


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from Butler Winery

  • 1 Part Butler Peach Wine
  • 1 Part E & J Peach Brandy
  • 1 Part White Crème de Cacao
  • 1 Part Heavy Cream
  • Dash of Nutmeg

Serve shaken in martini glass. Garnish with nutmeg.

 

 

 


Ruby ’72
from Oliver Winery

Vibrant colors and fall flavors spice up this refreshing and zesty cocktail

  • 5 oz Oliver Maximum Port
  • 3.5 oz Orangina
  • 5 oz lemon juice
  • 5 oz club soda
  • Pinch of zest
  • 2 tsp mulling spice

Stir and pour over ice. Garnish with an orange slice.


Chambouree
from Oliver Winery

Fruity and fun for the perfect tailgate delight

Pour over ice, stir, and garnish with fresh or frozen blackberries.


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from Owen Valley Winery

  • 3 oz Valley Blush
  • 2 oz Blueberry
  • 1 oz Pink Lemonade
  • 1/2 oz Brown Sugar Syrup (2 cups Brown Sugar 1.5 Water & bring to boil)

Garnish with 5-6 Blueberries. Ice Hand Cracked to Fill Glass

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Uncork Recap: An Afternoon of Bliss

August 24, 2016 Events, Uncork the Uplands

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Another Uncork the Uplands is in the books & we’re still reminiscing over the afternoon spent celebrating the amazing and innovative wineries of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail! With over 400 attendees, our nine wineries had their work cut out for them pouring over 60 different wines for the exhilarating 3-hour event!

This year we landed in the beautiful town of French Lick; home to French Lick Winery, Spirits of French Lick Distillery, and host to our event: French Lick Springs Hotel. All 60 rooms saved at French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs Hotel were booked solid, giving event-goers a safe option to settle in after an afternoon of sipping on wine! And of course, easy access to the ballroom where all the fun occurred!

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Entering the Windsor Ballroom, you were immediately immersed into the world of the IUWT. With live music playing in the background, attendees were able to visit each of the nine wineries along the trail, all in one place! At each stop there was tasting, pairing with delicious foods and conversation about the amazing viticulture and wine-making found along the Uplands.  The winery tables were placed throughout the room according to where they could be located on the north and south portions of the trail. Wooden directional signs could be found in the center of the room, pointing to their corresponding winery.

The number featured on each arrow indicated how far away each winery was to the location of the event! (See image: Owen Valley = 65 miles away from French Lick Resort.)

Axis Apparel Co. collected a steady crowd of on-lookers while live-printing specially designed t-shirts for the event! With their specialty water-based ink, the two designs of t-shirts flew off the screen-printer and into event-goers hands! Over 200 t-shirts were sold throughout the day!

Located in the north side of the room, artist Jessica Newlin could be found creating an over-sized illustration of the wine trail map! Each winery was carefully plotted, and even given their own icon to represent the essence of their culture.

Now that Uncork is behind us, we would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate IUWT! As we reflect on this year’s 6th annual running, we can’t help but feel immense gratitude to all of our incredible winemakers, guest artisans, and passionate guests who made the day possible! Cheers to another year of wine innovation!

 

 

Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more upcoming events,
winery specials, and an inside look into the world of IUWT!

 

 

 

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Holidays in the Uplands

October 30, 2015 Events, holidays

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Indy International Wine Competition results!

August 14, 2015 Awards, Events, News

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The results are in from the Indy International Wine Competitions, one of the largest and most respected contests in the United States, in which 20 countries were represented this year with 2100 wines entered in 74 different wine classes. For instance, Zinfandel would be a class, as would many other grape varieties, including Chardonel and Chambourcin. In addition, there are blended wine categories too.

The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail wineries won 10 of the 74 classes! And we didn’t even have wines represented in every class.

But first, the big kudos go out to Huber’s Orchard and Winery. Congratulations Ted Huber for winning the Indiana Winemaker of the Year, and for Huber’s Orchard and Winery for winning the Governor’s Cup!

Also, a super great job goes out to French Lick Winery for winning the Traminette of the Year with their 2014 vintage. Traminette is the Indiana state grape, so this is a big award!

Winning a class means a winery had the very best entry in that classification. Those aren’t easy to win, especially considering our wines are judged against the best the world is entering.

So here is a list of the Best in Class!

Berry Wines – Best Vineyards

Carbonated – Huber Winery

Catawba – Huber Winery

Chambourcin – French Lick Winery

Chardonel – Butler Winery

Niagara – Turtle Run Winery

Other White Hybrids – Huber Winery

Pinot Gris / Grigio – Oliver Winery

Red American Blend – Turtle Run Winery

Sauvignon Blanc – Oliver Winery

When visiting the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail wineries, exceptional wine exists everywhere. Each winery contributed to the following medal count.

Double Gold – All judges who tried these wines deemed them gold medal deserving. Not an easy feat. Only 6.6 % of all wines meet this mark. Indiana Upland Wineries – 10 double gold medals

Gold Medals – The standard bearer of excellence. Only 12% of all wines achieve this mark. Indiana Upland Wineries – 18 gold medals.

Silver Medals – Exceptional quality wines. Indiana Upland Wineries: 59 silver medals.

Bronze Medals – Good, solid, high quality wines. Indiana Upland Wineries: 23 bronze medals.

Indiana Uplands Wine Trail Wineries – Experience Wines on par with the best the world has to offer.

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Uncork the Uplands is right around the corner!

July 6, 2015 Uncork the Uplands

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already July which means summer is in full-swing and it’s almost time for the 5th Annual Uncork the Uplands event! Just a friendly reminder, this year’s Uncork the Uplands will take place on Saturday, July 25 from 4-7pm at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards in Borden, Indiana. It’s a beautiful summer event that you don’t want to miss!

Uncork the Uplands offers guests the rare opportunity to sample delicious, award-winning wines of all varieties from nine wineries in one place. This year, vino fans can also participate in guided tours of one of Indiana’s largest and oldest vineyards. From vines to orchards, guests can witness some of the many crops growing on Huber’s almost 800-acre farm that have contributed to Indiana’s agritourism for over 150 years. Nationally renowned wine, local cuisine and live music in an idyllic setting are the ingredients that make Uncork the Uplands a perfect summer blend.

This year’s Uncork the Uplands will be catered by Plantation Hall, Huber’s onsite catering company, and will also feature a special dessert offering from Peacetree Mountain Truffles. In addition to award-winning wine, great cuisine and a gorgeous landscape, guests can also enjoy live music.

Uncork the Uplands will take place on July 25, 2015 from 4-7 pm at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards located at 19816 Huber Road in Borden, Indiana. Tickets are just $60+tax. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit UncorktheUplands.com.

The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail is located within the Indiana Uplands American Viticultural Area, a federally recognized grape-growing region established in 2013.

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Wine and Doughnuts, an interesting pairing

June 5, 2015 BEST VINEYARDS WINERY

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Today is National Doughnut Day and what pairs well with everything? You guessed it—wine!

While it may leave some vino connoisseurs shaking their heads, wine can pair with America’s favorite fried dough. We don’t recommend drinking wine with your Dunkin’ Doughnuts or Krispy Kremes in the morning, but since it is National Doughnut day, you gotta at least try it once!

In the case of doughnuts, sweet pairs well with sweet. So enjoy your powdered, sprinkle, cinnamon, cake, glazed, jelly and all of your other favorite varieties with a sweet or sweet sparkling wine.

We recommend the following Indiana Uplands wines:

From Best Vineyards and Winery: Concord, a dark sweet wine with an awesome Concord flavor for  just about any occasion.

From Brown County Winery: Old Barrel Port, a barrel-aged port that is perfect for dessert or as a nightcap.

From Butler Winery: Vineyard White, a light grape-y wine made from Catawba. Just like eating grapes off the vine complete with the distinctive grapeskin zing on the finish.

From French Lick Winery: French Lick Tickle, a sweet bubbly blush wine with tangy citrus flavors.

From Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards: Sparking Starlight, a semi-sweet sparkling wine overflowing with aromas of pineapple, white peach, and pear.

From Oliver Winery: Creekbend Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, a unique dessert wine is made from frozen Vidal Blanc grapes picked in mid winter.

From Owen Valley Winery: Crimson & Cream, a unique, delicious blend of three grapes (Catawba, Niagara, and Cayuga)

From Turtle Run Winery: Slip My Mind, a wine that is just good. Too many great fruit flavors to name.

From Winzerwald Winery: Ice Style Wine, a very sweet white dessert wine.

Don’t be afraid to try your own unique combination because experimenting is half the fun! No matter how you choose to celebration National Doughnut day, Bon Appétit!

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DIY with the IUWT!

May 18, 2015 DIY

We love to get crafty, especially with leftover wine bottles and corks. The internet is brimming with ideas for repurposing old items, and we’ve created a list of our favorite wine-inspired DIY projects! (Don’t worry: They’re practically fool-proof!)

Create a unique picture frame with an empty wine bottle

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Make your own herb garden with a cut wine bottle 

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Make beautiful tea light lamps with wine glasses

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Construct a hot plate out of wine corks

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