Today I had the opportunity to try multiple wines from a great Hoosier winery, The Oliver Winery. Oliver's new Honey Wine line (the replacement of the harvest flavors), a few from the Creekbend Vineyard, and Some of Oliver's premium Cabernet Sauvignon Valdiguie and Gewurztraminer, as well as my first ice wine. I must say that this new line of honey based naturally fruit flavored wine from the Oliver is a drastic improvement on their predecessor. The Creekbend line, which features hybrid grapes that are chosen for their compatibility to the Indiana climate, had some great and unique varidals; and Oliver's premium Cab sauv features the best lodi fruit. All and all I think today was a great day.
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- Reply by EMark, Sep 26, 2012.
That sounds like fun. Thanks for the report.
I have actually had an Indiana wine. Many years ago, my wife's parents returned from a trip to Indianapolis (their pre-California home), and brought back a bottle of Indiana Pinot Chardonnay for me (better than a T-shirt). The "Pinot" tells you that this was decades, not just years ago. I did drink it, and I did not see much future in Indiana winemaking, but, maybe, progress has been made.
Whoa, I just dug up my fiber-based archives and found that it was a non-vintage wine from Banholzer Winecellars of Hesston, IN.
- Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 26, 2012.
"Fiber-based archives." Emark, you kill me.
So it sounds like maybe they imported that "lodi fruit."
One thing Indiana and Illinois did better than Cali when I was a kid was corn. My uncle from downstate Illinois would call our corn "field corn," the kind they gave to the cows and after I visited him, I had to agree. We rule the roost out here when it comes to wine, at least in the States, but even now we cannot grow good corn. But grapes in Indiana face the humidity problems they have in the Loire, so maybe they should consider some Chenin Blanc for whites, Cab Franc for reds? Even so, could be tricky.
Thanks for the report.
- Reply by snglmltrblnd84, Oct 2, 2012.
They are totaly buying grapes from cali, but we do have some hybrid grapes that were specificly chosen for our crazy weather. Vidal Blanc is an awesome sparkling wine for those of you that like the extra dry. Chambourcin, that was a flavorful red i tried not long ago. The most interesting wine I have tried from here in sunny,cloudy,cold,hot Indiana was the Vidal Blanc Ice Wine. I don't have any other expieriances with Ice wine, but this one was fun. Very sweet with all kinds of fruity flavors; and thick too!