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Southern Indiana Bacon & Blue Festival – Oct 1 & 2 – Please help us SAVE THE BACON

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Bacon.  Blues Music.  Beautiful Weather.  And some truly spectacular swine on the auction block at 4pm Saturday.

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The Southern Indiana Bacon and Blues Festival, hosted by Best Vineyards and the Elizabeth Lions Club, promises 2 fun filled days of great Blues music and mouth watering bacon.

The festival includes arts and crafts booths of all kinds, October 1st & 2nd.

Enjoy tours of Best Vineyards new distillery with the purchase of a “pig pin.”

Wine tasting and purchases from Best Vineyards will also be available during the event.

Bands include Jimmy G & The Sidewinders, The Stella Vees, The Outlaw Gang, Concrete Cowboys and the Jimmy Roberts Blues Band.  See the Events tab for times.

Sponsor Pig Auction on Saturday and a Hog Calling Contest on Sunday.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Crusade for Children and Elizabeth Lions Club Community Projects.

SPICED APPLE – Official Release 9-1-16

P9050112-224x300It’s official.  Spiced apple is on the shelf.  This is the perfect wine for Fall.Spiced_Apple_Nouveau  And, while Mother Nature is still clinging to summer with her hot and humid days, those cool fall evenings and beautiful fall foliage are just around the corner.  It’s the ideal time to stock up on this awesome wine with cinnamon, ginger and hints of clove.  Last years vintage was such a huge success that we created a batch twice the size of last year’s but we have already pre-sold 35 cases.  Don’t wait too long to pick up your bottle(s) before they’re all gone.

Concert Update – Bomar & Ritter – 4-8pm Aug 13

Mother Nature has not cooperated with us for the last few concerts.  And, it appears this weekend will not be an exception to the rule.  So, Saturday’s concert, featuring Bomar & Ritter performing their brand of contemporary folk/pop music, will be held in the new air conditioned Distillery building.  The slushie machine will be on hand cranking out some Watermelon slushies and some Mango-Pina Colada slushies.   A selection of cheese trays will be available.

For those in the Tell City area on Saturday, join us for a great afternoon of wine tasting at the annual Schweizer Fest Wine Garden in City Hall Park.  Entry into the event is just $10 and the first 200 guests are eligible to receive a limited, dated monogrammed wine glass to take home.

Concert Update – The Blues Redeption

In deference to the expected temps on Saturday in the 90’s and heat index around 105 degrees, The Blues Redemption Concert will be moved indoors (with an awesome AC system) to the new distillery P7110315 building. This is a one (maybe 2) time event since the building is still mostly empty. We’ll have tables and chairs set up for everyone to enjoy the music. Wine, slushies (leaded & unleaded) and cheese trays will be on hand. Unfortunately, we will not have a food vendor this weekend. Feel free to bring you own picnic basket & snacks to munch on during the concert. We’ll make sure to have a food vendor lined up for our next concert.

Distillery Update – New Pictures

The Still has been put on the slow boat from China.  Actual ETA at the winery is still up in the air but we are making some progress.  Here are the pictures before it was disassembled and crated for shipment to the US.

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And, here are a few other pictures we would like to share, including Shaggy (the neighbor’s dog) after his day at the spa.

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And after performing a quick search, I have not found a positive benefit of the Japanese beetle other than being a potential food source for starlings and other birds.  It’s a fact they are very destructive on the Vineyard and the Blackberry patch.  So, basically, I’m thinking the best Japanese beetle is a DEAD beetle.  If you disagree, let us know.

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New Website Design and other Recent Happenings

 

P6250814Well a few of the May and June blog posts were lost during the transition from old website to our new look.  But the new website is great and has several new things to offer including being mobile friendly.  Take a few moments and peruse the various tabs, click the links, and enjoy.

July 9th – Join us at the winery for our first concert of July featuring Donny Dynamite and the Dynamos.  These guys will be cranking out the oldies in the gazebo.  This is a rain or shine event.  In the case of rain, we will move the event indoors.  But, right now the forecast is for sunny, mid- to upper 80’s and relatively low humidity.  It don’t get much better than that.   Unless you want to throw in a refreshing wine slushie (watermelon or mango pina colada) for just $3.  Cheese trays will be available at the winery but the Say Cheese truck will also be on hand with those gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and their awesome filled  dates.

UPDATE:  Operation Save the Blackberries – The save the blackberryIMAG0159 campaign in late March and early April was a resounding success.  The blackberry brambles are loaded and have begun to produce big, plump juicy fruit.  These deliciously sweet berries are available at the winery and at the New Albany Farmers Markets (on Wednesday 4-7p and Saturday 8-12:30p at Bank & Market Streets and on Tuesdays 11-1p at the Floyd Co. Hospital).  This is our first successful year growing blackberries so we don’t know how long they will last.  It’s taken 4 long years to outsmart Mother Nature and get a crop.  So, don’t wait to long to stop by and get yours.  They are going quick.

P6250816UPDATE:  T-Shirt Contest 2016 – (This is one of the blog posts lost during the new website update.)  Congratulations to Heather R. for her 2016 T-shirt design submission.  Heather’s creative design incorporated many of the wonderful aspects of Best Vineyards.  Heather received $75 and 4 t-shirts.  And, as an added bonus, she and her family also received 4 tickets to attend Vintage Indiana 2016 on June 4th.  Heather and family thoroughly enjoyed the event despite the rainy weather.

UPDATE:  Building Construction – Construction of the new Distillery/Winery facility has been completed.  We now have Power (440)(thanks Harrison Co. REMC), bright lights (see Big Ass Lights), a Mash Cooker, a mixer for the mash cooker, fermentation tanks, a steam generator, air conditioning, insulated cooling tanks, pumps, hoses, and a whole assortment of other goodies.  But, we’re still waiting on the piece de resistance, the cream of the crop, the big daddy, aka THE STILL.  Per the manufacturer, it’s done and ready to be packed for shipment.  I’m told there’s pictures of this last little toy we need for the distillery but I haven’t seen them yet.  Hopefully we’ll get those pics in the next few days and get them posted.  With any luck, we’ll have that bad boy installed by mid August.  (Slow boat from China and all)  So, in the meantime, here are some of the latest construction pictures.

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Construction Update

New construction began a few weeks ago.  Here are a few more pictures to show where we are in the process.  Stop by the winery and sample a few wines.  We’ll give you a tour (weather & mud permitting) and tell you all about the new secret project.  shhh!!

Operation “Save the Blackberries” continues . . . .

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The valiant effort to save the blackberries continues.  Here are a few pictures of the “protection” process that took place over the weekend.  It seems like a simple process to drape a 15 foot wide cloth over a 100 foot long row of berries, especially thornless berries.  Apparently,  Mother Nature thought differently as she sent 5-10mph breezes wafting across the field and whipped the covering 15 feet into the air.  But, Upper Management and Worker Bee fought it out with her for several hours and persevered.  (thanks to a few leftover vineyard posts)  By the end of the day, 6 rows of berries had been saved.  The big question now is, “Is Mother Nature done?  Or will the cold weather return?”  Stay tuned for further updates in this ongoing saga.

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In other news, Worker Bee and her posse continue to remove the old vineyard posts and re-attached the wires to the new posts.  Progress is slow due to spring rains and muddy fields.  With the addition of new help, the goal is to have the wires in the vineyard attached to the new endposts before the vines start to bud out.  But, pruning cannot start until the post project has been completed.

Spring is almost Here . . .

The recent 60 and 70 degree weather has been superb and lots of green things are starting to pop at the winery.  Stop by to see all the green shoots popping out on the Blackberries.  Due to the potential for colder temps, we’ll be covering a few rows this weekend and keeping out fingers crossed that we can ward off the potential frost damage.  We want to make a blackberry wine (with our berries) this year.

We’re still taking entries for the 2016 T-shirt contest.  Only 3 weeks left to get your entries in.  No need to be an artist.  Just give us the concept and a hand drawn sketch.  Our graphic artist can make the winning entry pretty.  Stop by the winery to pick up an entry form or download a copy here.

 T-shirt contest 2016

 

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And for those of you who scrolled past the T-shirt entry form, here’s a few pictures of our recent construction project.  Stop by the winery and we’ll tell you all about it.  More pics of the construction project to follow over the next few months.

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