The festival season is kicking into high gear this weekend and will continue for the next 4 Saturdays. See our events page for more details and links to each event.
This year we sent 3 wines to the Grapes on the Grass Soiree for judging by popular vote: Concord – sweet red category, Mango – dessert category (will it surpass Winzerwald’s Cherry Red for the gold?), and our newest release, County White- in the dry white category. Stop by the event on Saturday and see the results. Last year our Chardonel received a medal. Can we repeat it?
Can’t make it to the event? You can also catch us each Saturday (except June 6th) at the Farmers Market on Bank & Market in New Albany, IN. The market runs from May 9th thru October 31st from 8-1pm every Saturday. Stop by and try a sample of our wines.
Let’s raise a glass of Indiana wine and a offer up a “Toast to Spring” while nibbling on a delicious selection of cheeses along the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail, April 11th & 12th. Best Vineyards will be sampling a Double Gloucester with Onions & Chives, an aged White English Cheddar, a creamy Havarti with spicy jalapenos and a dark, rich, decadent chocolate cream cheese. Other assorted varieties will be available to tasting throughout the weekend. There’s sure to be a cheese to please almost any pallet. Stop in and try one.
Can’t make it to the winery? Never fear, we will also be participating in the Corydon Spring Beer Walk. You can find us near Red, White & Blush on West Walnut Street. Bluebird is back in stock and will be at the beer walk.
Congratulations to Red Raspberry, the newest vintage of Bluebird, and our newest wine, County White (a dry Catawba), for receiving Gold medals in the Kentucky Derby Festival Wine Competition. Click the link above for a complete listing of the winning wines and wineries. These 3 wines will be featured at our booth during the Kentucky Derby Wine Fest on the Belvedere April 28th and 29th. Reserve your tickets now before their all gone.
Watch our website later this week for more information about the release of the 2014 Bluebird and the upcoming Cheese Lover’s Weekend, April 11th and 12th, presented by the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail. Also, watch for our booth during the Spring Beer Walk in Corydon on April 11th. We will be in the parking lot of Red, White & Blush.
Yes, it’s time for the sap to flow and syrup to be made. Join us at the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival this weekend in Salem, IN (March 7 & 8) from 9-5pm. In addition to wine tasting, we still have a few bottles of the Maple Syrup wine (2014 vintage) available. Festival goers will also be able to take tours of the Maple Syrup process from tapping the trees to bottling the finished product. The festival also has a slew of old fashioned activities for the kids like candle making.
The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail’s Annual Chocolate Lover’s Weekend got off to a great start thanks to the wonderful weather provided by Mother Nature. Who doesn’t like 55 – 60 degree weather in February. The preferred chocolate treat of the day at Best Vineyards was the Candied Orange Peel dipped in a rich blend of Belgian Chocolate. These delectable tidbits are the perfect pairing for out white port, Crystal Flame, by bringing out the citrus flavors in the Chardonel and Moscato. (And, yes, we actually purchased a case of Navel Oranges just for the peel and donated the oranges to a local church.) Guests to the winery were also offered other wine and sweet treat pairings such as Petite Red Velvet Cupcakes and Nouveau wine. Join us again this weekend for more scrumptious treats.
And, if the tasting room gets a little crowded, spend a few minutes trying out the over-sized dexterity puzzle specially designed for the Valentines Day holiday. The hand-eye challenge of rolling a ball into a hole or tilting a capsule through a maze has proved among the most delightful, maddening, and enduring diversions of the modern age, despite, or perhaps because of, its sheer simplicity. Place six colored balls in the correct colored heart in 60 seconds or less and win a special prize.
Time is running out for those last minute gifts. What better way to top off those stocking stuffers than with a bottle of wine. Or maybe you need to relive a little stress after the holiday. All wines will be 15% off thru December 28th.
We’ll be open the following hours this week:
Thursday CLOSED – Christmas
The Open House party continues thru Sunday, December 28th. Enjoy samples of vintage Christmas goodies including old fashioned peanut brittle, red hots candy, wintergreen rock candy, cherry divinity, chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge, buttery carmel, sugar cookies, shortbread cookies and pecan cookies. These recipes have been in our family for over 75 years and have been handed down thru several generations. Stop by and taste these goodies when “made from scratch” was the only way. (while supplies last)
Join us for the last wine festival of 2014. We’ll be in the Kintner House located on the corner of Chestnut Street and Capitol Avenue (between the Library & Hayeswood Theater) from 3-7pm (or 2pm for those who purchased the pre-sale tickets). This will be the final weekend for Spiced Apple until the next vintage is release August 29th, 2015. And, our current inventory is running low for Bluebird. The next vintage of Bluebird will not be released until sometime in April so be sure to stock up now. Be sure to pick up those last minute Christmas gifts including our bottles of Bread Dipping Spices, Bags of Mulling Spices, gourmet vinegars, and Grape Jalapeno Jelly, just to name a few. We will also have a good supply of our “Reindeer Flight Enhancement Supplement” on hand.
Can’t make it to the festival? Join us December 20th and 21st for our Christmas Open House. All wine will be 15% off and all of our Pink & Berry T-shirts will be just $7.48/e + tax. We’ll have a large selection of old fashioned Christmas treats for everyone to sample including sugar cookies, divinity, rock candy, peanut brittle and more.
Forget the hustle and bustle at the Malls and big chain department stores this weekend. Simplify your life this holiday season. Take advantage of our Holiday Wine Sale this weekend and give the gift of wine. Black Friday deals include a whopping 30% off all wine sales plus a slew of other discounts on select merchandise in our tasting room. Small Business Saturday deals include 25% off all wine sales at the winery. On Sunday, strangely a day without a special holiday moniker, the holiday savings will continue with 20% off all wine sales. And, finally, for Cyber Monday, Free Shipping on all case sells for Indiana and Kentucky residence only (Indiana residents must have a shipping affidavit on file with the winery.)
Best Vineyards will also be participating in the New Albany Jingle Bell Wine Walk on Saturday, November 29th from 1-6pm. We will be located in Todd Coleman’s Classic Furniture on the corner of Pearl and Main St. Be sure to stop by for a taste of our warm mulled wine and purchase a bottle of Spiced Apple or Bluebird for your holiday gathering. Tickets are still available for $20 each and everyone is registered to win one of the door prizes donated by each winery. Other participating wineries include Cedar Creek Winery, Huber’s Winery, Mallow Run Winery, Winzerwald Winery, Indian Creek Winery, Quibbles Winery, Scout Mountain, Bottles Unlimited, and River City Winery.
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.