Nouveau Weekend starts Nov. 20 thru Nov. 23

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The long journey began with the first bud break in early spring.  The cold winter may have affected many things but the Chambourcin grape seemed to have had a good laugh at Mother Nature and thrived despite her.  The cool summer followed by a warm fall produced large succulent clusters of grapes begging to be made into wine.  Some were crushed and pressed while others were crushed and fermented on the skin.  But a few select clusters of Chambourcin were lovingly placed in a tank with a few clusters of NY Muscat grapes and began the special fermentation process know as carbonic maceration.   The result is the first wine produced from the 2014 harvest.  Lightly sweetened, this young wine is quite tasty with bright, fruity flavors that pair perfectly with Thanksgiving dinner.

Looking for that unique holiday gift for someone special or a great story to tell at the Thanksgiving Day dinner table this year?  Why not tell your guests about your own bottling experience at Best Vineyards during our Nouveau weekend, November 20 thru 23.  (It also makes for a great photo op.)  In keeping with the fifty plus year tradition in France, customers who wish to purchase a bottle of the 2014 Nouveau wine this weekend will get the opportunity to rinse, fill, cork and label their own bottle of wine.  This wine was produced in the traditional style of the French Beaujolais Nouveau’s but with a Hoosier twist.  Chambourcin and NY Muscat clusters are fermented in a process called carbonic maceration which have produced a very young, fruit forward wine that will pair well with next week’s turkey.  It is also the perfect wine for making that fall favorite, warm mulled wine.
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and 1st Place goes to “The Dirt Roaders” – Congratulations!!!!

The Dirt Roaders

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Congratulations to all 7 entries for the Talent Contest on their wonderful performances.  The competition was tough and the voting was close but top honors go to Cody, Kristain, Bryce and Logan as The Dirt Roaders.  Second place went to the duet of Bailey and Kenzie.  And third place honors went to Meadow Ryann and Skyler Jones.  The contestants played to a packed house and rounds of thundering applause.  We hope to see everyone back again for next year’s show (or maybe at a concert during the summer).  Honorable mentions go out for the performances by Quintin Bir, the Rock Stars duet of Macy and Reighley, Dalton Cartwright, and the Better Than Bailey trio of Noah, Cole and Logan.  A special thanks to Marty Hubler for putting together the acts, setting up the sound system, and finding the judges (Hugh Bir, George Stone, Matt Stone, and Mary).  Congratulations again to all the contestants.

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Eric Tyler – In Concert – Saturday, October 25th, 3-7pm*

Eric Tyler2 With a prediction of perfect weather and the gorgeous fall foliage starting to dazzle the senses with their glorious colors, enjoy a visit to your local winery.  This Saturday enjoy theFall_foilage2 musical stylings of local musician, Eric Tyler.  Due to the shorter days, the music will be from 3-7pm (1 hour earlier that our summer series).    Enjoy samples of our Spiced Apple wine slightly warmed with a salty pretzel or try a taste of our special Mulled wine.  Both are sure to be a hit at any fall or holiday gathering.

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Watch for us at Harvest Homecoming, Oct 11 from 11-7pm

Todd Coleman BannerJoin us on Saturday, October 11th, from 11-7pm for wine tasting during the Harvest Homecoming festivities.  There will be a $5 fee for the wine tasting which will include unlimited wine tastings and a Best Vineyards souvenir wine glass.  Guests can purchase a glass of wine to enjoy during the festival (try the warm mulled wine) or they may also purchase wines to take home (ask about our claim tickets so you can pick it up later).  We will also have a selection of other wine related items such as our gourmet cheese trays, mulling spices, and bread dipping spices available for purchase.  Guests may re-enter the venue as long as they are still wearing their wristband and have their wine glass.

If you’re a morning person, look for us in Laconia, IN in front of the Post Office for wine tasting during their annual Laconia Days festival.  The parade begins at 11am.  And will be followed by the Old West shoot out in the 4-way.  The Salty Dawgs will also be preforming in the afternoon.  It’s sure the be a great day.

Or maybe you just want to sit back and listen to some good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll.  Well, drop by the winery on Satuday between 4 and 8pm to catch the rocking sounds of the Full House Band.  These good ol’ boys play a little country and a lot of rock.  And, maybe, the infamous Scotty T will drop in and play a song or two with them.  Who knows?  You’ll need to drop in and find out.

 

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What does Harrison Co. Harness Racing, the Salty Dawgs & the Jasper Riverwalk all have in common?

Answer:   Why,  Best Vineyards, of course!
harness racingUp for a little harness racing?  Join us at the Harrison Co. Fall Harness Racing Meet on Sat., Sept. 27 from 11-4pm at the Harrison Country Fairgrounds.  This event is free to the public but the wine tasting portion will be $10.  Wine tasting is from 12-4pm and includes a commemorative tasting glass for the first 200 attendees.  There will also be a large selection of craft, food and antique booths to browse.

Anderson WoodsIf Harness Racing isn’t your thing,  maybe a food and wine fundraiser is.  We’ll be at the 8th Annual Sips, Samples and Songs fundraiser for Anderson Woods on the RiverWalk (near the Schaefer Hog Barn) in Jasper, IN from 2-6pm.  Guests will enjoy live music, wine tasting from area wineries, delicious food samples from local restaurants, and a silent auction.  All the money (100%) raised directly benefits Anderson Woods and their summer camp program for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities.  Please join us in supporting this great cause.

Or maybe you just want to while away a lazy Saturday afternoon sipping delicious wine (or maybe an ice cold slushie) and listening to some groovy hits from the 50′s, 60′s, 70′s and 80′s?  Then we have the perfect local band for you.  Join us a the winery from 4-8pm as The Salty Dawgs set up in the gazebo for an afternoon of great oldies.

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Wine & Jazz in Evansville this Weekend

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In concert – The Troubadours of Devine Bliss – Aug 23 4-8pm

Aim Me & ReneeThe Troubadours are coming!!

The Troubadours are coming!!

Join us for an afternoon of awesome folk music.  Aim Me and Renee’s sound has been described to be

“Harmonies as smooth as Kentucky Bourbon and soft as Spanish Moss…”

What better way to spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon.    This is a rain or shine event.  In the event of rain, the concert will be moved in doors.

We will also have samples of our Mango Pina Colada slushies and a Sweet Red Wine slushie for those over 21.

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The Chosen 6ix – In Concert – Saturday, August 9th, 4-8pm

The Chosen 6ix_2013-2The Chosen 6ix are taking the stage again this concert season.  Join us as this talented group of young musicians perform a wide variety of tunes, including a few originals.

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There’s still time for Last Minute Tickets to Uncork the Uplands

Onsite tickets will be available to anyone wishing to attend “Uncork the Uplands” tomorrow at Oliver’s Creekbend Vineyard in Elletsville, IN.  Just click on this link to get directions and more.

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Melody Resurrection – In Concert – Saturday, July 26, 4-8pm

Melody_Ressurection_photoCome join us for Louisville’s rock and blues band, Melody Resurrection, featuring rock and blues from the 50′s through the 70′s including authentic covers of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and various artists.  As always, our concerts are free and everyone is welcome.  We do have cheese, crackers and chocolates but feel free to bring whatever food you’d like to go with one of our delicious wines!  Per State & Federal law, no other alcoholic beverages permitted.

Timing is also running out for those who wish to purchase tickets for this year’s premiere wine event of the summer, Uncork the Uplands.  This year the entire event will be held at Oliver’s beautiful Creekbend Vineyards in Elletsville, IN on August 2nd.  Attendees will have the opportunity to sample over 60 different hand-crafted Indiana wines, enjoy guided vineyard tours throughout the afternoon, listen to some awesome jazz tunes by Art Four Sale, etc.

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