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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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5th Annual Uncork the Uplands

May 7, 2015 BEST VINEYARDS WINERY

Tickets for the 5th annual Uncork the Uplands are now on sale! The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail’s signature event will take place on Saturday, July 25 at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards in beautiful Borden, Indiana. Tickets can be purchased through www.uncorktheuplands.com. Be sure to check our event’s websites for latest updates and happening for the event.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

 

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Chocolate Lovers' Weekend at the IUWT

January 30, 2015 BEST VINEYARDS WINERY

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Happy New Year from the Indiana Uplands! 2014 was a remarkable year and we’re excited about what’s in store for 2015!

Just like you, we’re longing for the return of summer and the opportunity to sit outside on a warm summer evening with a glass of wine, gazing across fields of vines. But we also believe in the beauty that winter has to offer and have some great upcoming events to help beat those Winter Blues!

When we think about Valentine’s Day, we think of wine (because we’re always thinking about wine), but we also think about chocolate. And we know you do, too! On the weekends of February 7 & 8 and 14 & 15, the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail will be hosting a delicious Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend at all 9 of our wineries.

Each winery will feature their unique twist on chocolate ranging from suggested wine and truffle pairings to a chocolately wine milkshake. Our tastebuds are already singing and we know yours will be, too!

 

Best Vineyards will offer guests:

  • Candied Orange Peel Tidbits Dipped in Rich Chocolate
  • Petite Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Chocolate Panna Cotta w/ Blueberry or Strawberry Wine Reduction
  • Chewy Brownie Bites with Sea Salt and Caramel

Brown County Winery will feature a chocolate milkshake made with their signature Black Raspberry Encore, plus chocolate ice cream sprinkled with chocolate shavings!

Butler Winery will be serving “various assorted chocolate items” for guests to choose from and will include a baked item, traditional chocolate truffles, and an unusual, but yummy, surprise!

French Lick Winery will be offering little love bites of 3 different flavors of our homemade fudge to pair with wine:

  • Himalayan Salted Caramel to pair with our Crema Dolce
  • Dark Chocolate to pair with any red or our Cherry
  • Chocolate Cheesecake: you decide which wine you like to pair it with!

Also available will be their Broken Hearts fudge because how do you mend a broken heart? With wine and chocolate, of course!

Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards will feature complimentary chocolate pairings with every wine tasting with 4 specially made chocolates from Schimpff’s, a Jeffersonville, IN chocolatier. Huber Wine Club members will also have a bonus chocolate made by Cellar Door Chocolates in Louisville, KY, that uses Huber’s newly released Bourbon. Live music will also play in the Garden Room from 1-5p.m. each Saturday and Sunday of Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend.

Oliver Winery will offer handmade chocolate truffles from Bloomington chocolatier Peacetree Mountain Truffles. Guests can choose 2 chocolates to pair with their wine tasting from Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Milk Chocolate Strawberry and White Chocolate Passion Fruit. Additionally, they will offer samples of delicious chocolate sauces by Best Boy and Co. on February 7 & 8, and by Stone Wall Kitchen on February 14 & 15.

Owen Valley Winery will serve the following 4 selections during the Chocolate Lovers’ event:

  • White Chocolate Mousse swirled with Strawberry Wine Syrup
  • Triple Chocolate Ghirardelli Brownie Bites with a Barrel Reserve Zinfandel Reduction
  • Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
  • Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds

Turtle Run Winery will serve custom-made Chocolate Turtles, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and the very decadent white chocolate with their signature wines. Tippy and Tipsy are sure to make an appearance, too!

Winzerwald Winery will offer Free Tastings of 3 wines with 3 chocolates, and will feature a lineup of Organic Free Trade chocolates from Lake Champlain Chocolates:

  • Cherry Dark Chocolate
  • Toffee & Almond & Sea Salt Semi-Sweet Dark Chocolate
  • Granola & Cinnamon Milk Chocolate
  • Chocolate bars will be available to purchase for your Valentine!

*Plus Save $1.00/bottle on all 6 featured wines.

 

Mark your calendars for our spectacular Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend and prepare to indulge!

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Holidays in the Uplands!

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Check out our calendar of extraordinary upcoming holiday events from the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail!

(Click here to download the full-size version.)

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And for even more IUWT happenings, be sure to check out our events page.

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4th of July Wine and Food Pairings

July 3, 2014 BEST VINEYARDS WINERY

Which wine goes best with a hamburger or hotdog fresh off the grill? These are the questions a true wine connoisseur asks themselves every 4th of July. So what are the best wine pairings for the most patriotic day of the year? Here are our top 5 picks from around the wine trail to help you celebrate America and the red, white and wine!

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1.) The classic All-American beef hot dog will be complimented nicely with a fruity, bold dry red like Chambourcin.

2.) Going for a little surf n’ turf at your Independence Day BBQ? The natural sweetness of grilled shrimp makes it a perfect match for a subtly sweet white wine such as Indiana’s signature varietal – Traminette.

3.) Cabernet Sauvignon is without a doubt one of America’s favorite wines. If you’re looking to bust out the good stuff at your 4th of July gathering, try a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon with a juicy, grilled steak. Cabernet Franc’s earthy, dark fruit notes make a wonderful match as well!

4.) Pork lovers can’t go wrong with Chardonel. The notes of apple, citrus and oak will not overwhelm the herbal flavors in your favorite pork dish.

5.) What could be more American than dessert? To polish off your summer feast, sip an Uplands Port or a glass of Vidal Blanc with your slice of apple pie.

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Uncork The Uplands: Accomodations

June 23, 2014 BEST VINEYARDS WINERY

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We’re only about 6 weeks out from this year’s Uncork the Uplands event and it’s time to plan your stay! Out of town guests in need of accommodations after a relaxing evening of wine and food can choose from a few local options offering exclusive Uncork rates.

Where to stay:

The brand new SpringHill Suites Hotel is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Creekbend Vineyard and will be offering King Suites for only $139 on August 2nd (regularly priced at $199 a night).  To book, call and ask for the “Uncork the Uplands group rate”.

Phone: 855-610-2116
Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bmgsh-springhill-suites-bloomington/

Guests also have the option of making this year’s Uncork a full weekend getaway by taking advantage of the Marriot Courtyard’s Friday and Saturday night special offer.  Book both nights, and receive a 2 Queen or 1 King room for only $169 per night (regularly priced at $249). To book, call and use the code “UTU”.

Phone: 812-335-8000
Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bmgcy-courtyard-bloomington/

Limited number of rooms available. These special hotel booking— along with Uncork’s early bird ticket prices—will only be offered until July 15th, or until they sell out.  So book your Bloomington stay now!

 

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Announcing Uncork the Uplands TICKETS ON SALE

May 23, 2014 BEST VINEYARDS WINERY

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 4th ANNUAL UNCORK THE UPLANDS 2014

Let’s raise a toast to the 4th Annual Uncork the Uplands, the signature event of the new American Viticulture Area, the Indiana Uplands AVA. For one night only on August 2, 2014, enjoy a tasting of all nine south-central Indiana Upland Wine Trail wineries in one beautiful location at Oliver Winery’s Creekbend Vineyard.

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Uncork the Uplands offers vino lovers the chance to sample award-winning wines from all nine trail wineries paired with many savory foods. Uncork will also offer guests the opportunity to explore the Indiana Uplands’ unique terroir firsthand with a guided tour of Oliver Winery’s Creekbend Vineyard. Take a stroll, breathe in the summer air and sip your favorite Indiana Upland red or white while learning from the many winemakers who have helped build the Indiana wine industry with over 180 years of combined winemaking experience. This year, guests will even be able to purchase their favorite wine by the bottle to relish at home.

Creekbend Vineyard’s hilltop location and well-drained limestone soil creates an ideal environment for growing wine grapes that produce signature varietals such as Traminette, Chambourcin and Vignoles. Encompassing 33,000 vines on 54 sprawling, sun-kissed acres, Creekbend wines have gained a national reputation for taste and quality. Like Creekbend, the vineyards of the Indiana Uplands wineries have won the hearts and minds of wine judges and wine writers across the country.

The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail is located within the Indiana Uplands American Viticultural Area, a federally recognized grape-growing region established in 2013. The trail wineries include Best Vineyards Winery of Elizabeth; Brown County Winery of Nashville; Butler Winery of Bloomington; French Lick Winery of West Baden Springs; Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards of Starlight; Oliver Winery of Bloomington; Owen Valley Winery, Turtle Run Winery of Corydon and Winzerwald Winery of Bristow.

Uncork the Uplands will take place on August 2, 2014 from 4-8 pm at Creekbend Vineyard located at 7508 N. Woodall Road, Ellettsville, Ind. 47429.

Early bird ticket prices are $40 before July 15 and $50 after July 15.

Tickets will be available for purchase at all nine wineries, or at the BCT box office website.

For more information about the event, please visit UncorktheUplands.com.

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Uncork The Uplands 2014

May 1, 2014 BEST VINEYARDS WINERY

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The eight wineries on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail are peppered throughout south-central Indiana, but for one night, they’re all in one place.  Uncork the Uplands is the signature event of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail. Consistent with our mission, its goal is to provide a premier educational and wine tasting experience. With the establishment of the Indiana Uplands American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2013, we also celebrate the recognition of our unique terroir in Southern Indiana, and the quality wine grapes grown within.

This coming year would be the 4th annual event.

Uncork the Uplands 2014 will offer guests the ability to explore the Indiana Uplands’ unique terroir firsthand with a guided tour of Oliver Winery’s Creekbend Vineyard.  Home to over 33,000 vines on 54 acres – walk along the rows, taste the grapes and chat with the folks who farm these lands.  Learn what makes it unique, wonderful for wine grape growing and what led the region to be recognized as the first all-inclusive American Viticultural Area in Indiana.

Follow that up with the opportunity to explore wines from all nine wineries, shared by the winemakers and owners who have helped build the Indiana wine industry, and amongst them have over 180 years of winemaking expertise.  Signature Uplands varietals like Traminette, Chambourcin and Vignoles alongside classic Vinifera, port and dessert wines and more that highlight the wide variety found throughout the Uplands.

Hearty food, live music and a beautiful setting round out this wonderful summer evening!

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, August 2.

More details to come. Stay tuned to uncorktheuplands.com in the coming weeks.

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