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Summer Wine Cocktail Recipes - made with wines from the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail

July 12, 2018 Awards, DIY

Summer Wine Cocktail Recipesmade with wines from the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail

Temperatures reaching higher and the sun staying up later can mean only one thing: it must be summertime! The grapes in our in our Indiana Uplands vineyards are flourishing. They count on these long, hot, Indiana days to soak up the sunshine and develop their delicious flavors, ripening eagerly as they await their wine destiny. We hope you’re spending your long days enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor, watching the kids splash in the water, and treating yourself to the summer food and drinks you crave year-round.

Of course, part of thoroughly enjoying your summertime is enjoying summertime wines! One of the wonderful things about wine is it’s versatility. While sometimes you’d enjoy a zesty, dry red Zinfandel with your freshly-grilled meats and veggies, other times it’s the cold glass of Riesling that really hits the spot instead. The hundreds of wines you can find along the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail truly speak to that versatility- there’s something for everyone, every occasion, and every meal. You might be surprised to find that sometimes we like to mix things up even further; with a little ice, a splash of creativity, and Indiana Uplands Wine, we can put together quite the summer wine cocktail. Try our recipes or create some of your own this summer to really impress your friends (and yourself)!

 

Blackberry Mojito 

Made with Blackberry wine from Butler Winery.

 

Little Rhineland Orange

Made with Winzerwald Winery‘s 2018 Indy International Gold Medal-Winning wine: Little Rhineland White.

-3 parts Little Rhineland White

-1 part orange juice

-splash of club soda

Pour over ice, garnish with a fresh orange slice.

 

Watermelon Wine Cooler

Made with Oliver Winery‘s  Bubblecraft White wine.

-4 parts Bubblecraft White

-2 parts watermelon juice

-1 squeeze lime juice

-dash of simple syrup

Make your own watermelon juice by blending cubed watermelon and straining the juice. Serve this over ice with a mint leaf garnish.

 

Zingin’ Strawberrita 

Made with Strawberry wine from Best Vineyards Winery.

Did you know you can have many of these Indiana Uplands wines shipped straight to your door? Visit these wineries websites (linked in their names above) or give them a call for shipping information. We hope you enjoy mixing up some summer delights for your friends and family! Cheers!

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How to Travel the Trail, Part One: The Northern Experience

June 25, 2018 Travel the Trail

When you’re planning to travel the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail (or any wine trail for that matter) it’s best to go in with a solid strategy: map out the locations of the wineries, estimate how much time you expect to spend at each, and set out to explore the towns you’ll be visiting along the way. One of the unique aspects of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail is that it exists entirely within an American Viticultural Area, or AVA, called the Indiana Uplands. This geographical, wine-growing region spans 4,800 square miles- that’s a lot of ground to cover! Within the rolling hills and long, country roads which connect the 9 wineries of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail, there are many places to stop, delight in local art and food, and retreat.

Planning your trip along the trail may include a whole host of experiences in addition to tasting the world-class wines that are produced in our Indiana AVA. In an effort to help you make a plan for your trail travels, we have put together some of our recommended places to stop along the way. From the northernmost winery on the trail, Oliver Winery, to the southernmost, Best Vineyards Winery, you’ll have over 100 miles to trek (hopefully with your windows down) and enjoy the ride. Because it’s an expansive trail with so much to see along the way, we recommend breaking your travel plans up into two halves: a northern trip and a southern trip. You can spend one weekend experiencing the northern part of the wine trail (Oliver Winery, Owen Valley Winery, Butler Winery, and Brown County Winery) and another entire weekend enjoying the southern part of the wine trail (French Lick Winery, Winzerwald Winery, Huber’s Winery, Turtle Run Winery, and Best Vineyards Winery). 

The northern part of our trail is made up of the quintessential Indiana towns of Spencer, Bloomington, and Nashville. The group of us in the northern half of the trail got together to recommend some of our favorite spots  Here are some recommendations we hope will enhance your weekend in the northern half of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail:

SHOP

-Ponder the eclectic items at The Dragonfly Gallery gift shop on the square in Spencer. Seasonal items and timeless pieces can be found here in the restored Odd Fellows Meeting Hall. Learn how this little shop is helping to restore the vibrancy of this one-of-a-kind Indiana town!

-Delight in the quaint shops in the Village of Nashville. Unique hand-made items from local artisans abound in this little heart of Brown County. You will not leave empty-handed!

Photo from browncounty.com

EAT

-Enjoy the spice of life at Jit’s Thai Bistro in Spencer. This small, family-owned Thai spot serves up daily lunch and dinner specials with a homemade touch. Try their pineapple fried rice if you’re a fan of the sweet & savory combination of flavors!

-Step into the upbeat scene of downtown Bloomington at Malibu Grill. This laid-back, yet stylish, restaurant serves up healthy portions of steak, seafood, and a little bit of everything in-between. Sit on their front porch and enjoy the sights and sounds of this friendly college town.

-Indulge in historically-proven frozen treats at The Chocolate Moose in Brown County. This local company has been serving up their homemade flavors since 1933!

Photo from the Chocolate Moose- Brown County Facebook Page

-Craft the perfect night out at Big Woods Brewery: creative pub fare, delicious local beer, and toe-tapping live entertainment! Go for dinner or for an afternoon brew in cozy Nashville.

-Savor the funky atmosphere and fresh, elevated dishes at Uptown Cafe on Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner- check this one off your list as soon as you get the chance.

Photo from the Michael’s Uptown Cafe Facebook Page

SIP

-Re-energize at 5-star Main Street Coffee in the heart of Spencer. They serve small lunch bites and baked goods along with their rich, hot coffee and espresso drinks. Enjoy the charming, historic setting and friendly service, too.

-Take a “farm-to-fifth” tour at Gnawbone’s Bear Wallow Distillery and taste their Indiana spirits! Feel pride in supporting this woman-owned, family-operated business and saying “cheers” to their Indiana traditions.

Photo from bearwallowdistillery.com

-Enjoy craft beer at Upland Brewing’s Brewpub and Wood Shop in Bloomington. Sample their variety of beers in a flight from their 12 rotating taps. Take a tour at the Wood Shop and learn how sour beers and produced. Some of their sours even use grapes from the Indiana Uplands to develop distinctly local fruit flavors!

Photo from The Upland Brewing Company Facebook Page

-Stop in at Cardinal Spirits for yet another taste of the Bloomington craft scene. Vodka, Gin, Liqueur, and more!

STAY

-Retreat in the hills, in style. Brown County Log Cabins has a place for you and your friends (or your entire family) for the weekend. Find a cabin with a hot tub for those chilly Indiana evenings or a cabin with a game room to keep the while family occupied!

-Explore Indiana’s oldest state park, McCormick’s Creek State Park, when you stay at the Canyon Inn in Spencer. With so much scenery and nature to take in, you might just need to stay two nights.

Photo from in.gov

-Make yourself at home at the Grant Street Inn in Bloomington. This cozy inn, made up of 5 unique buildings, has a variety of rooms to match your personality. Some showcase an old-world feel, while others have all the modern comforts for the urban traveler.

DISCOVER

-Appreciate the wonderful, local artwork and historical collections at the Brown County Art Gallery. Rotating exhibits and events mean the gallery will never look the same twice!

-Uncover rare books, manuscripts, and special collections at the Lilly Library on the Indiana University Campus. This library welcomes scholars from around the world to visit its unique exhibits and delve into its rare collections.

-Become one with the Indiana Uplands in the hidden Green’s Bluff Nature Preserve. Enjoy the quiet, rolling of the hills and the cool water of Raccoon Creek. The trails are full of unusual plants, steep cliffs, and one of Indiana’s longest caves: Boone’s Cave. Experienced hikers rejoice in finding this hidden gem!

Photo from mikehabeck.com

-Tour the T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Brown County. Honor the artistic tradition that began in this area in 1907 when Theodore Clement Steele made his home in Brown County.

-Revive your youthful curiosity at WonderLab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology in Bloomington. This is a must for those traveling with kids- play, learn, experiment, and create at this one-of-a-kind museum.

 

Traveling the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail is your adventure! We hope these suggestions help you make your journey through Indiana’s Wine Country worth not only remembering but worth recreating frequently. Travel the trail for the best Indiana wine experiences and so much more! Keep your eyes out for part two of this how-to series for ideas of places to visit when you travel the southern portion of the AVA. See you soon!

 

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Indiana's First Wine Trail Celebrates 15 Years

April 17, 2018 Events, Meet the Trail

What began 15 years ago was a culmination of decades-long grape growing, winemaking, and welcoming wine lovers. In 2003 we created the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail- the first wine trail in Indiana and the only trail of it’s kind. The trail became a way for people to taste and explore the great wine being produced in our Indiana Uplands region. Over the last 15 years, we’ve discovered even more. With nine award-winning wineries, hundreds of locally-produced wines, and thousands of visitors each year, the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail is proud of its first 15 years and looks forward to the next 15.

 

Our story

Our roots as a trail were established long ago, when the Huber family began planting grapes in Starlight, Indiana around 1840. This farming family came to Indiana from Germany with a wealth of experience in growing fruit and other crops. Fortunately, Simon Huber also had winemaking knowledge and interest, and knew his new land would be ideal for producing wine. Of course, our region has evolved quite a bit since the 1840’s. After prohibition, there was a long period of inactivity until Indiana’s winemaking began to flourish once again in the 1960’s with Professor William Oliver’s vineyard just northwest of Bloomington.  Since then, many grape-growers and winemakers have developed, and the Indiana Uplands has been recognized as a unique wine region (keep reading for more on that). Harvest is now plentiful each year for dozens of vineyards across the state. Over the years, Indiana winemakers have shared knowledge and learned from one another, forming a community around the art and science of winemaking. 

In 2003, a community of leading winemakers in the Indiana Uplands decided to establish the Indiana Uplands Grape Growers Cooperative and the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail. A wine trail is connected not by a direct route or path, but by a common goal and a shared experience to offer visitors. The trail was established as a way to highlight the fruit and wine being produced by the rich agriculture of the Grape Growers Cooperative, and to encourage visiting wine lovers to enjoy an experience at multiple Indiana wineries. Each winery has unique qualities and experiences to provide, and can produce a shared value in promoting one another. The trail’s founding winemakers agreed to provide top-notch wine and visitor experiences and to guide visitors along the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail to discover everything this region has to offer. 

 

Indiana’s Wine Country

The Indiana Uplands is a geographical region that spreads across 19 counties and makes up 4,800 square miles in south-central Indiana. In 2013, The Indiana Uplands was federally recognized as a unique region for growing grapes. The Indiana Uplands American Viticultural Area (AVA) is the first and only AVA entirely within the state of Indiana. This official recognition as an AVA proved true what our winemakers had known all along: the rolling hills, clay soil, limestone bedrock, and cool growing season cultivate and ripen grapes in a way that is unique to any other region. We are proud that the wineries who made up the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail were responsible for putting together the petition for this official AVA recognition. After years of gathering information and support, Jim Butler of Butler Winery submitted the petition in 2006, which finally received approval in 2013. The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail is entirely contained within the Indiana Uplands AVA. We represent Indiana’s Wine Country and welcome you to come explore!

How to #travelthetrail

If you have a weekend to spare or enjoy taking day trips to explore, consider traveling the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail. You can visit all nine wineries in one weekend or visit a few here and there, completing the entire trail at your leisure. We think it’s most fun to plan your trail travels all within one year, so you can compare and contrast the wines, the vines, and the experiences at all the wineries while still in recent memory. Maybe you discover a new favorite grape, like Catawba, and make a point to taste each Catawba wine you come across along the trail- while they are made from the same grape varietal they will all have unique tastes! Wherever you decide to begin, pick up a trail passport (new VIP passports being released this year!) and get it stamped at each winery. Once you’ve visited all nine, you can turn in your completed passport for a souvenir gift from us. If you complete a VIP Passport in 2018, you will receive our 15th Anniversary gift: an Indiana Uplands stainless steel wine tumbler!

We also host trail-wide events and themed weekends (such as Chocolate Lover’s Weekend and our upcoming 15th Anniversary Weekend) to bring the winery experiences together for special occasions. Our largest event, Uncork the Uplands, brings wine and people from all nine wineries together to the same place for one day- the 2018 event will be the 8th annual!

Traveling the trail has never been more exciting than it is now! From large wineries with over 100 employees to small wineries where you are greeted by the winemakers themselves, we pride ourselves on the adventure you can find as you travel the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail. Travel the trail with people you love and prepare to visit again and again! Download a trail map here.

Celebrating 15 years

2018 marks 15 years as a wine trail and grape grower’s cooperative- we think that’s worth celebrating! We’re throwing ourselves a little celebration to honor our anniversary and we hope you’ll visit to help us commemorate this milestone. On April 21 & 22, each winery will have a sweet treat to offer along with your wine tasting to “cheers” to 15 years. See our 15th Anniversary Facebook event for more information. We will also be releasing our new VIP Passport during the anniversary weekend- be one of the first to travel the trail as a VIP! See you there!

A look at the next 15 years

We can only imagine what’s to come in the next 15 years. It has been a pleasure sharing our wines with you and we can’t wait to welcome you back to the Indiana Uplands soon. Here’s to another wonderful 15 years!

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An Indiana Uplands Vineyard Update

March 15, 2018 Interview, News, Vineyard

Winter is passing by once again, and we’re looking forward to the bright colors and sunlight to come with spring! Here among the vineyards in the Indiana Uplands, each season has its unique qualities and demands. Of course, we can’t perfectly predict the variety of highs and lows to come in each year’s weather patterns, but our winemakers and vineyard managers have plans for vine management in each season. The steps we take throughout the winter, spring, and summer optimize growth and lead to the high-quality fruit we are proud to harvest in fall.

So, how has this winter shaped up in Indiana’s Wine Country and what have we been up to the last few months? We sat down and uncorked a bottle of Turtle Run’s Catawba with owner and winemaker Jim Pfeiffer to bring you an Indiana Uplands Vineyard Update:

  • This winter has been relatively steady, considering our capricious climate. Tracking temperatures year-to-year is critical to our successes, according to Jim. He recalls the iconic 2012 “Polar Vortex” of drastically colder temperatures and explains how overall lows during winters have been lower since then. “While the overall winter average daily temperature hasn’t gone down per se, our lows have gone from bottoming out around 14 degrees to now around zero or just above. That’s a big difference.” Despite this new normal, 2018 hasn’t brought any extended dips in temperature or extremely harsh days that would throw off or concern our vineyard managers.
  • We’re still looking out for cold temperatures through April. March has been cooler than normal, which is keeping eager vines at bay. That’s a good thing, Jim says, as we don’t want budding new shoots to arrive too early and risk their demise with the potential of a late frost. “The longer we can extend the cold and delay bud break, the better.” In keeping a close eye at weather patterns each year, Jim has noted that the weeks of April 3-8 and October 1-4 tend to bring strong cold fronts. So, we’ll be happy if bud break holds on until closer to that week in April, and then the green can begin to flourish on the vines from there.
  • The grape varieties we’re known for do very well in our winters. Part of successfully growing grapes in the Indiana Uplands AVA is knowing which varietals can withstand our unique climate. We’re not in Central California; we are in beautiful, Southern Indiana! Our land enjoys four distinct seasons, and winter is just as important as the rest. The cold gives our vines time to rest, recharge, and get ready to produce delicious fruit. The hybrid varieties many of our wineries grow (like Traminette, Chambourcin, and Catawba) are happy here in the Indiana Uplands, and can withstand zero degree winters with little to no trouble. One of Jim’s most winter-hardy varietals at Turtle Run is Frontenac: “We planted Frontenac several years ago, and every single bud is alive all the way to the end of the canes.  It’s crazy.  Crazy awesome, that is.”
  • Our vineyard crews have been very busy pruning. “How we prune our vines is absolutely paramount to our successes for the upcoming season,” Jim says. While harvest season in the fall is the height of busyness among the vines, our crews are diligent in the winter and spring, carefully pruning the vines to perfection. Selective cutting of shoots helps us manage the amount of clusters growing on each vine as well as the amount of leaf canopy over the clusters. It is vital that we optimize the number of grape clusters on each vine as to take full advantage of the vine’s nutrition for each cluster- a quality over quantity approach. Canopy management allows us to control the amount of sunlight and the impact of cool breezes on the grapes. Sunlight helps the fruit ripen and develop rich flavors while the breezes control temperatures and help fight disease. Prune, prune, prune.

We’re looking forward to a bountiful growth in our vineyards this year, and we’re excited to share with you the wonderful Indiana Wines to come! Come see us along the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail so we can pour you a glass.

Cheers!

 

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How To: Pair Wine & Chocolate & Why They Make Such A Great Couple

February 4, 2018 Events, pairings

Chocolate and wine are a classic coupling- one you can always depend on and look forward to enjoying. Both complex and exceptional on their own, wine and chocolate are entirely lovely together. Thank goodness someone had the idea to make this match! Have you ever wondered, though, what makes them such a great couple? Here are some tips for pairing wine and chocolate and a few reasons why they work so well together:

  1. Look for common ground. Whether that’s in texture, flavor, or ingredients, it’s a good place to start. Rich, creamy chocolates will pair nicely with deep, luxurious wines. The smooth, full-bodied texture of French Lick Winery’s Chambourcin would be divine alongside a velvety, dark chocolate truffle. A raspberry dark chocolate ganache is delightful with Best Winery & Vineyards’ Red Raspberry wine.
  2. Sip, bite, sip. For the best experience, we recommend this method. Take a sip of your wine and enjoy it. Then, take a bite of the chocolate and before it’s all gone, take another sip of your wine. Notice how the lingering flavors of the chocolate change the taste of the wine! Try it. You can thank us later.
  3. Opposites attract. It’s true! While finding similarities in your wine and chocolate are a good place to begin (see tip #1), don’t be afraid to take risks. Sometimes the nutty, salty, chocolate turtle just needs a sip of a smoky, buttery Chardonnay. Or, if you’re more of a sweet wine fan, you might love the fruity, refreshing nature of Vignoles alongside your chocolate turtle. You can test out both of these ideas at Turtle Run Winery, of course!
  4. Think inside the glass! Wine and chocolate pairing can go much further than just having a piece of chocolate with your wine. Have you ever heard a wine described as “chocolatey?” Sometimes, wines are actually infused with chocolate. More frequently, however, a winemaker has found the perfect blend of grapes, oak, and time to create a sophisticated wine which might be so rich and bold that it reminds you of chocolate. Take Huber Winery’s Ruby Port, for example- while this would be an exceptional wine to pair with a refined chocolate, it makes a sweet-tooth satisfying dessert all on its own.
  5. Quality matters. While it’s perfectly fine to snack on your favorite old-school candy bar while you drink your favorite wine and watch The Voice, that’s not what we’re talking about here. If you’re looking for a wine and chocolate pairing to “wow” your taste buds and your friends, seek out high-quality products from sources you know and trust. Surely, your town has local chocolatiers or bakeries making fresh treats daily! Take Schimff’s Confectionery in Jeffersonville, IN, for example: this family-owned candy business has been making delicious goodies since 1891! You can find Schimpff’s items at both Huber’s and Turtle Run winery during Chocolate Lover’s Weekend this year.
  6. If you like it, it’s a good pairing. This is the last tip and likely the most important of all. We are sharing some good ideas and knowledge behind pairing wine and chocolate, but the truth is: there are no rules. If you taste a wine and chocolate pairing that you adore, it’s a good pairing! Trust your preferences and treat yourself to something you love.

 

Join us for the wine and chocolate pairing event of the year- Chocolate Lover’s Weekend! Visit all nine wineries along the Indiana Uplands Wine trail for complimentary chocolates with each wine tasting. Explore Indiana’s Wine Country with your Valentine, February 10 & 11, 2018. More information on our website or follow along on Facebook for details! See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holidays in the Uplands 2017

November 21, 2017 holidays, News

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Adventures in Taste

April 4, 2017 Interview, Meet the Trail

A trip through Indiana’s wine country is a precious experience. Not only do you get to taste fantastic Hoosier wine, eat delicious food, and see an area of the world that is famed for its viticulture & beauty, but you get a peek into the inner workings of the daily life of a winery. 

No matter which winery you visit (especially here in the Indiana Uplands) you’ll encounter a variety of tasting experiences and wine lovers, just like you!

Name: Kathy Bodle-Perez
IUWT Winery: Oliver Winery
Years at Oliver Winery: 13 Years

Please describe your role at the winery:

I help run the tasting room and try to make sure everything is in place so that customers can have the best experience possible. I also give tours which is a really entertaining part of my job. I get to interact with a group of guests who really want to know all about our winery and the great wines that we make.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Being able to work with awesome, interesting and kind people and being able to help them by doing whatever it takes to make our customers experience the very best it can be.

What are your favorite wines at your winery?

Our sparkling wines made in the champagne method and our dry reds!

How do you taste wine? Please walk us through a wine tasting.  

The method we like to use is the five s’s which involve using all of your senses. The first step is seeing the pretty color of the wine and examining the clarity by tilting the glass and looking through the wine towards the light or against the lighter colored tasting list.

How do I smell? Is swirling a glass important?

Swirling is the second step in wine tasting. Swirling releases the volatile esters, the essence that our winemakers protect throughout winemaking so that you can enjoy the really fruit forward quality of our wines. Having swirled the glass you can better enjoy the aromas. (Smelling is the third step.)

The fourth step is everybody’s favorite, sipping the wine! I want to make sure that I have described the wine before the customer sips, giving them an expectation of what they are about to discover.

The last step in wine tasting is savoring the wine and that is giving some thought to what just happened with your senses. Does the taste linger, did the wine excite different parts of your palate, and maybe most important, do you need another sip?

Is there a “right” or “wrong” answer to how it smells or tastes?

No. I feel that if I present the flavors and smells appropriately customers won’t be surprised at what they are smelling and tasting. This leads to their tasting being right for them. I am successful when they learn what they enjoyed and have some new adjectives to describe that. Wrong would be if I couldn’t be bothered to help them understand what to expect. Each individual has their own sense of taste and we are just trying to help them get in touch with that and figure out how to describe what they enjoy. 

What is dry?

Lacking sweetness. Sometimes our winemakers balance the acidity and fruitiness of the wines so well that it actually mimics sweetness. Others of our dry wines just are rich and fruity in a way that doesn’t require any sweetness to be delicious.

What should a customer expect to gain from a wine tasting?

A better understanding of what their taste in wine is. If we can help them through learning about how to appreciate wine using all of their senses they almost always walk away with a better ability to make wine choices in the future.

 Any tips for a customer before visiting a winery for the first time?

Go to that winery’s website and find out what all they offer and call ahead with any questions you have regarding when to do a tasting and/or tours. Most wineries will offer directions and any scheduled events that you might want to know about before you make your trip.

What do you love most about the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail?

The uniqueness of each winery on the trail. For example, ours is both the oldest and the largest producing. Also, the family story of Oliver Winery is a great one. Come out and do a tour, I don’t want to give it all away!

I have other favorite wineries on the trail and have visited all of the different wineries on the Indiana Uplands trail several times. I think the common thread of our wineries is the growing of grapes and winemakers who have a passion for their craft. We all support each other and have great pride in being part of such a beautiful geography, The Uplands, in such a beautiful part of the state.

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March Happenings at Turtle Run Winery

March 8, 2017 News

Each & every month we debut at least 2 different vintages or blends. For March, there should be considerably more. Look for new releases throughout the month of Max’s Small Batch Red with our 48th version. For those unfamiliar with Max’s Small Batch Red’s, they are our top of the line dry red blends.

And we don’t hold back.

The staff decides what style of Max’s (normally bold as can be) we want, then we start blending from the 50 barrels of wine. We don’t care what the vintage is, nor grape varieties. The desire is to blend a consistently complex dry red with a long, lingering finish.

We just debuted our Dry Traminette 2016, a barrel fermented traminette, sur lie, or on the lees or aged on the yeast. Before fermentation, we soaked the juice on the crushed skins for 4 hours before pressing to release complex phenolics from the skins into the juice soon to be wine. The aromas are of cotton candy and vanilla with lots of complex and boundless fruity flavors.

Expect us to bottle zinfandel, syrah, cabernet franc, some barrel fermented Vignoles and towards the end of the month, our big seller, Blue My Mind, made from the Steuben grape. If you like sweeter wines, come try the entire “My Mind” line up of sweet wines made according to the European laws, in which we arrest or stop fermentation and not back-add sugars or juices to sweeten the wine. Slip My Mind, for instance, is pure Niagara….well, no it’s not. It has a small percentage of Diamond (yet another grape variety) in it. Or perhaps Crossed My Mind, a blended red.

Additionally, it’s quite easy to find us in the vineyard at this time, so stop by and say “Hi” as we prune, prune and prune some more.

Cheers,

Laura and Jim and the Staff at Turtle Run Winery

 

 

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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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