• By Sue Shelden   |   Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm   |     |   Print   |   Permalink

O.K., true confession time: I’m a sucker for pretty labels and cute names. So, when I noticed the Reggae Red wine from Easley Winery, it was a bit of a gamble–cute name, cute label–this HAD to be a winner!

And so it is! Don’t just take my word for it–this sweet red wine won the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition’s 2012 Gold & Best of Class awards & the Tasters Guild International Wine Competition 2012 Gold Medal.

There is also a Reggae Blush (2012 Double Gold winner of the Tasters Guild Competition) and a Reggae White.

Easley Winery and Tasting Room is located in downtown Indianapolis, in the Cole Noble Commercial Arts District, but their vineyards are in Crawford, Jennings and Posey counties in Indiana, Berrien County, Michigan, and the famed Finger Lakes area of New York state.

The Easley family was, along with the Oliver’s, at the forefront of the efforts to legalize the sales of wine in Indiana. Jack and Joan Easley hosted many meetings in their house of what became the Indiana Wine Grower’s Guild.

There are about 20 wines to choose from. The Sweet Barrel Red has won Best of Class and Gold Medal in the 2012 New World International Wine Competition and Gold in the 2012 Great Lakes Great Wine Competition.

Also notable are the sparkling wines–the “Indiana Champagne” won gold in the 2012 Great Lakes Great Wine Competition and even shows up occasionally on NBC’s sitcom Parks and Recreation.

So, pretty labels, cute names, great wines–a winning formula! Works for me!

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