Monday, December 20, 2010

Some Christmas Cheer for Your Holiday Table

By The Indiana Wine Grape Council's Jeanette Merritt 

It’s no secret that I have the best job in Indiana Agriculture. Or at least I think I do. Promoting Indiana’s 52 wineries and 600 acres of grapes is truly a joy. And there is no better time of year to spread that joy than at Christmas!

Sitting in my office right now are 44 bottles of Indiana wine featuring all sorts of Christmas cheer.  I’ll be travelling the state in the next few weeks using these wines on television and radio station appearances.  Here’s a peek at the wine I’ll be promoting for your holiday tables!

These fun wines are from Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyard, Starlight and Chateau Thomas, Plainfield. These would make great centerpieces on your table! 

So my car thermometer said zero degrees when I was driving to work. And all I could think about was a nice glass of mulled wine, even if it was 7 AM.  These two from Easley Winery, Indianapolis and Lanthier Winery, Madison are meant to be served warm for these cold days.

Many of our wineries enjoy making festive bottles for the season. French Lick Winery, Lanthier Winery and Buck Creek Winery all feature fun names and faces for their seasonal offerings.

Let’s not forget New Year’s celebrations! Oliver Winery, Bloomington and Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyard make incredible sparkling wines! They are perfect paired with any holiday meal or as a treat when the clock strikes midnight.

If you are looking to visit a few wineries, consider travelling the Indy Wine Trail. The Charm of the Season event continues through Christmas Eve and features a different ornament at every winery! Every traveler will receive a tree to display those ornaments. More details at

However you plan to celebrate, be sure to enjoy an Indiana wine this season! 

The Indiana Wine Grape Council is giving away two tickets to this summer's Vintage Indiana! 

To enter please leave a separate comment below for each of the following entries:

1. Follow the Indiana Family of Farmers blog through Google Friend Connect (see right column)
3. Become a fan of Family of Farmers on Facebook
4. Tell us your favorite Indiana wine 

Entries will be accepted until 9 pm EDT on Thursday. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday morning. 


Lana said...

Ok, I think with this comment I will be good on all four ways to enter the contest. My favorite Indiana wine in Oliver's Soft Red, BUT I need to get out to Buck Creek and White Horse in Monticello to check out these wineries so close to my own back yard!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Jennifer said...

Scout Mountain in Harrison County. you can visit their winery and its a B&B too how great!

Mandi444 said...

I love all of the Oliver & French Lick wines... my grandma (who i would be bringing with me to Vintage Indiana) still lives in central Indiana, and introduces me to a new wine every time I come to visit. We are planning to visit the French Lick winery in the spring (she's been before, but this time she's bringing me!)

Mandi444 said...

I had already "liked" the Indiana's Family of Farmers page on facebook (that's how i found out about the contest!)

Mandi444 said...

I am now following @FamilyofFarmers on twitter!

Ott, A. said...

How about the festive Christmas White and Reindeer Red from Mallow Run.