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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Uncork the Uplands in Bloomington!

Categories: Wine & Culinary

Having grown up in the Chicago suburbs, even on my first drive south to visit the town I would eventually call home, I knew there was something special about the Southern Indiana terrain. Traveling on State Road 37, the rolling hills, green forests and limestone quarries dotting the landscape were stunning. As a lover of the outdoors, it seemed like a great place to live - and compared to my northerly roots, the warm, long summers were equally as appealing. Years later, as a budding foodie entering the wine industry, I would be reminded again about the uniqueness of my surroundings. This time through what the French call terroir: aspects of geology and climate that influence agriculture - specifically wine grape growing - and more importantly just how special ours is. 

Creekbend Vineyard


Uncork the Uplands

But don't take my word for it. I would invite you join us and the nine wineries of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail for our signature event on July 27th right here in Bloomington - Uncork the Uplands.  

Located for the first time on the northern portion of the trail, we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary with wine, food and song.  An afternoon tour of Oliver Winery's Creekbend Vineyard will be followed by an evening reception at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center.

Taste unique and diverse varietals grown across the Uplands AVA and meet the winemakers who produce them, alongside distinctive food offerings from local artisans and restaurants. Live music, featured speakers and a chef's food and wine challenge round out the entertainment along with a silent auction benefiting our friends at the Local Growers' Guild. 

I love a summer road trip as much as the next person, and we truly hope to see you all in our tasting rooms sometime in 2013. But why not save a little gas money for one night, and let us bring our wines to you. Hope to see you there! 

A few things I'm especially excited about include:

Creekbend Vineyard

Creekbend Vineyard Afternoon Tour 

Walk along the 33,000 vines at the Creekbend Vinearyd and enjoy some of the region's best views high atop Beanblossom Valley. Chat with the winemakers and learn what makes Creekbend so special for wine grape growing.

Jim Butler

Presenter Jim Butler and the Indiana Uplands AVA

Jim opened Butler Winery in 1983, making it the fourth oldest operating winery in Indiana. An enthusiastic advocate for Indiana wine and grape-growing, Jim will discuss his efforts to garner American Viticultural Area (AVA) status for the unglaciated plateau known as the Indiana Uplands.

Judy Schad - Capriole Farmstead

Presenter Judy Schad of
Capriole Farmstead Goat Cheeses

Judy is nationally recognized as one of the founders of the artisan goat cheese movement here in the United States, and will be joining us to talk about her farm, her cheeses and lead us on a tasting of Indiana Uplands wines alongside some of her favorite selections.

Tickets for Uncork the Uplands are now available online. Earlybird rates are available through July 15, so reserve yours today! If you're traveling to Bloomington for the event, be sure to check out the special rates available at hotels near the Bloomington Convention Center. Additional information and event details can be found on the Uncork the Uplands website. 


Special thanks to our guest blogger, Paul Mui. Paul is the Hospitality Director at Oliver Winery, where he's been employed for more than 10 years. An IU graduate and long-time Bloomington resident, Paul is a lover of all things wine, music and food. He and his wife are about to embark on a new adventure, as they are expecting their first child in September. 

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha was the primary contributor to the B-town Blog during her tenure as content coordinator. Her blogs covered a number of topics, from family activities to outdoor excursions.