• By Allen Dale "Ole" Olson   |   Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:30 am   |     |   Print   |   Permalink

“Oh to be in England, now that April’s there.” No need to go. Stay in Indiana. Well maybe not to see England, but you can see Ireland, or at least taste it. All you have to do is find your way to the French Lick Winery to sample the Emerald Isle.

The wineries of the Uplands Wine Trail this coming weekend are matching their wines to the cuisine of a specific nation. And we thought we were being innovative a decade ago when we launched the first ever New Beaujolais Party in Brown County at the Story Inn, and we did from time-to-time create French and Italian regional dinners; but to round the world in a single weekend — an impressive feat.

At the Brown County Winery next weekend, you can savor the Alpine specialties of Liechtenstein. Or specialties of their Swiss neighbors at the Winzerwald Winery. Try Japanese flavors at Best Vineyards, and Indonesian dishes at Butler Winery. (We’ve never thought about matching Indonesian rice tables with wine, but if it can be done, Jim Butler will do it very well. Same for the staff at Turtle Run Winery and Jamaican food.)

Brush up your Spanish with the real cuisine from the land of Don Quixote at Olivers and with the Hubers as they offer favorite foods from neighboring Mexico.

Imagine, eight nations in two days. Genuine Hoosier wines with some of the best food tastes in the world. We salute the folks along the Uplands Wine Trail for internationalizing southern Indiana. Salud!

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Gluten Free Beer   |   April 18th, 2013 at 4:00 am    

The market is going to be more sophisticated and discerning as it matures. But the interest in wine is real and enduring.