By Nancy Sartain
Richmond/Wayne County CVB
In mid-June 2014, eastern Indiana and western Ohio will welcome thirsty tourists with the launch of the Heartland Wine & Ale Trail, Indiana’s first such trail.
Visitors to the local wineries and craft beer establishments will find their experience to be a refreshing retreat offering unique, personal experiences for both the wine and ale enthusiasts. All of the wineries and breweries are family-owned and are small production enterprises where tasting means talking directly with the owner, winemaker or brewmaster.
It’s all about quality, not quantity, along the Heartland Wine & Ale Trail.
There will be 10 stops along the trail:
- J & J Winery in Richmond.
- Big Dawg Brew Haus in Richmond.
- New Boswell Brewery in Richmond.
- Campbell House Brewery & Inn in Richmond.
- Roscoe’s Tap Room in Richmond.
- Wolves Head Brewery in Muncie.
- Wilson Winery in Modoc.
- Kennedy Vineyard in New Madison, OH.
- The Winery in Versailles, OH.
- Quarter Barrel Brewery & Tap Room in Oxford, OH.
Visitors can pick up an official trail passport map at any of the above locations. The Passport is the ticket to great benefits and discounts along the trail. The Passport needs to be validated at each stop noted on the passport to be eligible for a commemorative keepsake. The passport can be turned in at the last stop to receive the memento.
Spend a couple of days or a weekend winding through the charming towns of eastern Indiana and western Ohio to visit these ten locally-owned wineries and breweries. The Heartland Wine & Ale Trail is easily accessible from I-70 and US Highways 40, 35, and 27.
For more information, visit the Richmond/Wayne County CVB Web site at http://visitrichmond.org/, or call 800-828-8414.
By Priscilla Hataway
Easley Winery is proud to announce that its locally-made Traminette wine has been awarded Best of Class at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Easley winemaker Jeff Martin said, “I grew up working in Indiana vineyards, so bringing home this honor for grapes grown in Indiana makes this award even more meaningful.”
With over 5,500 wine entries, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world. They have brought together the most distinguished judges in the country to compare wines in multiple price ranges and varieties to determine the best of the best in each category that appeal to all walks of life. For full 2014 competition results, visit http://www.winejudging.com.
Easley Traminette is no stranger to high honors. It was awarded White Wine of the Year, Best of Class, and Double Gold at the 2013 Indy International Wine Competition and holds three other 2013 Gold medals from prestigious competitions across the country. “We focus on creating exceptional wines and that effort has gained us national recognition”, says second-generation owner Mark Easley.
Easley Traminette boasts floral aromas and fresh citrus notes. This semi-dry style of Traminette is a delicious complement to Indiana pork tenderloin and it is recommended serving chilled. Traminette was adopted as Indiana’s signature wine in 2009 and continues to grow in popularity. Easley Traminette can be found at all Indiana Meijer locations, select Indiana Marsh stores and packaged liquor locations, as well as Easley Winery in downtown Indianapolis. For more information on this wine or to find retail locations in your area, visit http://www.EasleyWinery.com.
Easley Winery is located at 205 North College Avenue in Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-636-4516.
Things to do in Indianapolis
For the week of Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014
15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
- TUE: 7th Annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Union Station
- MON-WED: 2014 Indy Auto Show at the Indiana Convention Center
- TUE: New Year’s Eve Rock ‘n’ Roll Ball at the Hyatt Regency
- TUE, SAT: Indiana Pacers NBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- MON-TUE, THU-SUN: Winter Fun Days at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
- TUE: Grand Caribbean New Year’s Eve Party at Indiana Grand Casino
- TUE: Family New Year’s Eve Event at the Indiana State Museum
- SAT: College Men’s Basketball at Indiana University
- TUE: ‘CIROC the New Year’ at Regions Bank Tower
- SUN: Super Sunday Indy Automotive Swap Meet at the State Fairgrounds
- MON, FRI: Indiana Ice USHL Ice Hockey at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- THU: Harlem Globetrotters Live at the Allen County Coliseum
- TUE: ‘Countdown to Noon’ at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
- SAT-SUN: Winter Warmup Weekend at Mallow Run Winery
- SUN: ‘Going…Going…Gone’ at the IndyFringe Theatre
To see thousands of upcoming event listings and things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana, visit our main Web site at http://aroundindy.com/, or visit AroundIndy.com Mobile on your smartphone or tablet PC at http://aroundindy.com/mobile/mobile.php.
By Tammy York
On behalf of Visit Madison
If you’re at a loss for what to do on Halloween weekend, there are plenty fun events going on in Madison, Indiana. On Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. start your weekend off right at the Village Lights Poetry Night’s open sign-up and mic night. You can read your own work or that of a favorite poet. The emcee for the event is well known Madison poet Jill Kelly Koren.
Of course, on Friday you can also take advantage of the Fourth Friday Art Jam. This celebration of the arts occurs on the sidewalks and shops of the downtown area. Whether you are seeking art, listening to music, gazing at galleries, looking around, or grabbing something good to eat there is plenty to see and do from 5-8 p.m. along Madison’s Main Street.
On Saturday, October 26 continue the fun with Live Music in the Twain Room at the Village Lights Bookstore. From 1-3 p.m. listen to Cincinnati’s Tom Schneider and his mesmerizing monthly mélange of American Songbook standards, Broadway show tunes, bossa-nova/Latin, blues, and jazz on the Steinway grand.
After grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many downtown restaurants, take the kids to the Spooky Mansion between 6-8 p.m. (only on the 26th). “Our Spooky Mansion is designed for younger children and includes the King and Queen of Halloween as well as Trick-or-Treating and a craft project the kids can do.” says Gerry Reilly, site manager for the Lanier Mansion (see photo above). The activities are all ongoing between 6-8 p.m. The admission fee is only $3 per child (1 free adult admission per child). For more information contact Gerry Reilly at 812-273-0556.
For the adults, enjoy The Annual Halloween Party from 8-11 p.m. at the Thomas Family Winery at 208 E. Second Street. Costumes aren’t required but you’ll definitely feel like the odd man out if you aren’t wearing one. For more information call 800-948-8466.
Find out more information about what events are happening in Madison by going to the Visit Madison Facebook page or http://visitmadison.org/.
Editor’s Acknowledgement: Landshark Communications, LLC.
By Ann Mulligan
On behalf of the Indiana Wine Trail
As autumn begins to tint the hillsides of the Ohio River Valley, it’s time to celebrate the harvest and the wines of southern Indiana at the Indiana Wine Trail’s 6th Annual Fall Haul on Nov. 2-3, 2013.
Seasonal foods, special wines, lively events and collector’s edition recipe cards (to add to your Indiana Wine Trail collection) can be found at all six wineries. “We’ll have tapas, cheese spread and meat balls,” said Sandy Palmer of Madison Vineyards. “We enjoy treating people to the food made with our wines!” Brian Ahaus of Ertel’s Cellars always looks forward to the herb and wine-based pestos their chef creates! “He always surprises us with something wonderful, and this year he’s adding soups to the line-up.”
Lanthier Winery (see photo above) will serve its Cranberry Grande cheese spread and chicken wings in spiced Chambourcin glaze. Ridge Winery is showing off their Pasta in Wine Sauce, Wine Salsa, Wine Jelly, and Wine Cake. Stream Cliff Farm Winery is featuring a Potato-Wine Soup, a hot cheese wine dip and their hot Mulled Wine Punch. The Thomas Family Winery has Welsh Rarebit made with Gale’s Hard Cider and Gale’s Hard Cider Cheddar as well as other choice tidbits on the menu.
The Indiana Wine Trail consists of six wineries: Thomas Family Winery, Lanthier Winery, Madison Vineyards, Ertel Cellars, Stream Cliff Farm Winery and The Ridge Winery. These wineries have joined together to create a fun wine trail along and around the beautiful Ohio River Scenic Byway. Encompassing everything from secluded estate vineyards to historic pub-style bistros, the Indiana Wine Trail brings together the region’s best, each offering a different take on one of the state’s fastest-growing agricultural products: handcrafted Indiana wine.
Mark your calendars for November 2-3, 2013. The event runs 11 am to 5 pm. Please contact the wineries for individual arrangements, For more information about the Indiana Wine Trail, call Visit Madison at 800-559-2956 or log onto www.indianawinetrail.com.