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.
- WED-MON: 59th Annual Chevrolet Performance US Nationals Drag Racing Championships at Lucas Oil Raceway
- SAT: Miracle Mile Festival and Parade in Indianapolis
- SAT: Smokey Robinson in Concert at the Carmel Palladium
- MON-SUN: Devour Downtown Summerfest in Indianapolis
- SAT: College Football at the University of Notre Dame
- FRI-MON: 47th Annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival in Plymouth
- FRI-SUN: PKC International Karate Championships at the Marriott East Hotel
- SAT: The Beach Boys in Concert at Hoosier Park
- SAT-MON: 8th Anniversary Celebration at Mallow Run Winery
- MON-TUE, FRI-SAT: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
- FRI: Week #2, Indiana High School Football
- MON: Serena Ryder Live at the Old National Centre
- FRI: ‘Jazz on the Avenue’ at Walker Theatre
- FRI: Carly Rae Jepsen Live at The Lawn at White River State Park
- SAT: Labor Day Concert on Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis
Easley Winery, 205 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, is proud to announce that its locally-made Traminette wine has been awarded White Wine of the Year, Best of Class, and a Double Gold Medal at the 2013 Indy International Wine Competition.
They are excited to bring more recognition to Indiana’s signature wine. “There is no other wine like Traminette! The grape is new and the taste is unique.” said Meredith Easley of Easley Winery.
Winery owner, Mark Easley added, “We are thrilled and honored to receive this award!” Easley Winery, located in downtown Indianapolis since 1974, garnered additional gold medals with its Indiana Champagne, 2011 Chardonnay, and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon.
They have been no stranger to the award circuit, garnering 24 awards of gold or higher in competitions across the country in 2013, four of which came from California events.
The Indy International Wine Competition is the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States. Nearly 3,000 entries from 15 countries and 40 US states were evaluated by 50 judges, including wine writers, winemakers, winegrowers, enologists, chefs, sommeliers, wine distributers, retailers and consumers.
These distinguished judges meet every year in the heart of America, a truly central place for great wines to be seen and recognized. For full 2013 competition results, visit http://www.indyinternational.org/winners/ .
Easley Traminette boasts floral aromas and fresh citrus notes. This semi-dry style of Traminette is a delicious complement to Indiana pork tenderloin and Winemaker, Jeff Martin, recommends serving chilled.
Traminette was adopted as Indiana’s signature wine in 2009 and continues to grow in popularity. Easley Traminette can be found at Indiana Meijer locations, select Indiana Marsh 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. , or call 317-636-4516.
By Sally Bonneau
On behalf of the Indiana Wine Grape Council
For the second consecutive year, an Indiana wine has topped over 2,300 entries from across the nation and around the world to win “Wine of the Year” honors at the prestigious Indy International Wine Competition.
Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards, Starlight, IN received the coveted Wine of the Year award for their 2012 Vignoles. Wineries worldwide shipped their finest to West Lafayette for “The INDY,” the nation’s largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition. “The INDY” took place July 31 through August 2 at Purdue University.
Wines from 39 states and 14 countries, including France, Australia, Chile, and Greece, were judged on appearance, aroma, taste, and aftertaste by 44 international judges, in a “blind” format.
White Wine of the Year honors also went to an Indiana winery – Indianapolis’ Easley Winery – for their Traminette. Italian Winery Tedschi won Red Wine of the Year for their 2008 Amarone Cassico. Rosé Wine of the Year was awarded to Eagles Landing Winery of Marquette, IA for their Volga Lake Blush.
The Sparkling Wine of the Year was won by Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards of Sonoma, CA for their Sonoma Brute, and Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery of British Columbia, Canada took Dessert Wine of the Year honors for their 2012 Reisling Ice Wine.
Von Jakob Vineyard of Pomona, IL won Fruit Wine of the Year for their 2012 Streakin’ Johnny. Two categories – Honey Wine of the Year and Honey Wine Blend of the Year – both were awarded to Oliver Winery of Bloomington, IN for their Camelot Mead and Strawberry Honey Wine, respectively.
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards of Sonoma, CA was awarded the Winery of the Year Trophy. The trophy honors the Best International Brand of the entire competition.
Maryhill Winery of Washington State won the Winemaker of the Year Trophy, honoring the winery that receives the most gold medals by brand at the competition.
The Indy International Wine Competition has been organized by the Purdue Wine Grape Team since 1992, and under the leadership of Professor of Enology Christian Butzke for the past seven years. “The INDY’s 44 international wine judges truly represent the ever-changing palate of the American public,” said Dr. Butzke. “By giving consumers advice on more than 2000 new wines from 14 countries, they recognize the incredible diversity and creativity of our local and international winemakers, and the vibrant state of the global wine industry.
“Wine has become the coolest and most dynamic beverage in the world, by far,” said Dr. Butzke.
Indiana was well represented in the competition, with Hoosier wineries winning 288 total medals. That includes 13 double gold, 31 gold, 114 silver, and 68 bronze medals.
“For an Indiana winery to win Wine of the Year is very exciting for our state’s wine industry,” said Jeanette Merritt, Marketing Director for the Purdue Wine Grape Team. “Indiana wines are outstanding and Huber’s not only showed that, but all of our wineries proved that by the number of medals won this year!”
Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards also won Indiana Winery of the Year, and the Governor’s Cup, recognizing the Indiana winery with the most wins. Indiana Wine of the Year was awarded to Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards for their 2006 Knobstone Port.
Country Heritage Winery of LaOtto, IN won Indiana Traminette of the Year, recognizing Indiana’s Signature Wine and Grape.
The Indy International Wine Competition has a special award division for Indiana-grown wines. A wine must be composed of more than 85 percent Indiana-grown fruit to be eligible. Satek Winery of Fremont, IN won both the Indiana-Grown American Wine of the Year and the Indiana-Grown French-American Wine categories for their Steuben and Larry’s Luscious Dry Red, respectively. McClure’s Orchard & Winery of Peru, IN won the Indiana-Grown Fruit Wine of the Year for their Ice Cider. Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards of Starlight won the Indiana-Grown Vinifera Wine of the Year for their 2010 Tannat.
For a list of all medal-winning wines, log on to http://www.indyinternational.org/.
Editor’s Acknowledgement: BPS Marketing, Inc. Photo provided by BPS Marketing and used with written permission.