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Vineyard summers  with video
July 9, 2010
You have probably been following – or at least aware of – the reports out of Bordeaux concerning the 2009 vintage. This piece is not about Bordeaux, but it is about our fascination with vintage. Too many of us ...
The 1851 Society  with video
April 5, 2010
If you ever wanted to lounge in a London Club like the Arts Club frequented by Somerset Maugham, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy or where Jules Verne started his tale “Around the World in 80 Days,” the mem ...
Wines for the winter holidays  with video
December 16, 2009
Christmas and New Year’s Eve are not far off, and these two holidays generate a lot of interest in wine. There are parties, family gatherings, gifts, and special dinners. Sahara Mart Wine Master, Jeffrey Schaus ...
Wine Lover Super Star  with video
November 29, 2009
Palate Press, the Online Wine Magazine, is one of the newest and certainly one of the most comprehensive wine and food journals to hit the Net. Founder and publisher David Honig has recruited editors and write ...
Harvest 2009 — a great success  with video
November 21, 2009
The 2009 wine harvest bodes well in most of the world as our video today reveals. Karl Mann, representing Vino Lefebvre distributors of Indianapolis, just back from the Piedmont and Tuscany, and Baptiste Cuvel ...
The 2009 Indiana harvest  with video
September 25, 2009
Not long ago we listened to Jim Butler tell us what was happening in his vineyards during the summer months. Now at Butler Winery and Vineyards the grapes are ripening and the harvest is in sight. This is the m ...
The great flood and the wine cellar  with video
September 25, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009, will long be remembered at the Story Inn, one of our sponsors. On that day some eight inches of driving rain poured into the area in less than four hours, swelling retention ponds, wash ...
Summer in the Butler vineyards  with video
September 18, 2009
Butler Winery is one of Indiana’s oldest wineries, and Jim Butler is one of the most respected wine producers in the state – so respected, his peers elected him President of the Indiana Wine Guild for ten years ...
Summer in the Oliver vineyards  with video
September 18, 2009
It’s the end of August, and the grapes are ripening. The harvest is not far away, and it’s always the harvest – the vintage year – that gets the glory. How good will the wine really be, we writers and consumers ...
On being a wine judge  with video
September 18, 2009
Have you ever wanted to be a wine judge? Wouldn’t it be fun? Well, yes and no. Do you have to be an expert? Well, yes and no. If you’re seeking only those wines which taste good to you, it’s not so difficult. O ...
A palate evolved  with video
September 18, 2009
Every once in a while you meet someone with a remarkable sense of smell and a phenomenal memory for wines tasted. Brian Ellis is such a person. He says if he has tasted a wine once, he can remember it. That’ ...
Visiting wineries  with video
September 17, 2009
Followers of the Hoosier Wine Cellar know that we encourage winery visits both for family fun and for opportunities to learn about wine and how it’s produced. Regular visitors know that wine people are among th ...
Evolution of a wine palate  with video
August 6, 2009
A little over a year ago – May 20, 2008 – when we first launched this site, we began with discussions about the most frequently-asked questions about wine and its consumption. A guest on that day was Deneb Lea ...
Writers and wine  with video
August 6, 2009
Writers have a passion for delving into subjects of all kinds. Often, they don’t know where their delving will lead, and just as often they learn a great deal in the process of both delving and passing along t ...
The vines at flowering  with video
July 10, 2009
Late May and early June is the time of la vigne en fleur, the vines flowering. While the grape flowers do have a bit of fragrance and just a touch of color, they are not a dramatic flower. B ...
Gewurztraminer  with video
July 8, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Tracey Walker, events coordinator for FARMbloomington, Bloomington, IN » Once you experience it, you’ll alway ...
April is the cruelest month  with video
April 28, 2009
Wine consumers pay careful attention to the vintage year of a wine, because the ripeness of the grapes at harvest time indicates the quality level of the wine to be made from them. And since not every harvest ...
Spring is for pink  with video
April 20, 2009
With the coming of spring in the Northern Hemisphere – and, we trust warm weather, it’s time to think “pink.” Pink? Yes, pink. As we’re fond of saying in these programs, pink wines are no longer jus ...
Wine Writer  with video
April 20, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Howard Hewitt, columnist for The Seymour Tribune, Seymour, IN: The explosion of wine brands entering American markets has b ...
A Certified Specialist of Wine  with video
March 23, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Ben Denton, manager, Big Red Liquors, Bloomington, IN:
Zinfandel  with video
March 23, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Bobby Wallace, director of fine wine at Big Red Liquors, Bloomington, IN: The Zinfandel is an exotic black-skinned grape associ ...
Wine and Dental Health  with video
February 9, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Jerry Cartmel, dentist in Seymour, IN: Wine and Dental Health In the 1140s, the world’s leading medical school was in Salerno, ...
The Wines of Spain  with video
December 19, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Manuel Hernandez-Martin, owner of Manolo’s Wines, Bloomington, IN: In the last ten years Spain has catapulted on to the world’s ...
Wine tipping  with video
December 4, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Erin Drake, general manager of The Story Inn, Story, IN: Few fool’s errands are as futile as trying to seek guidance on how ...
Giving wine as a gift  with video
December 4, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson: Holiday gift shopping is never easy, and wine lovers couldn’t agree more. With thousands of wines to choose from, many of ...
Beaujolais  with video
October 29, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Bobby Wallace, wine director of Big Red Liquors, Bloomington, IN: According to Beaujolais lore, the Lord gave grapes to Noah as a ...
Label Language  with video
September 3, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Bobby Wallace, wine director of Big Red Liquors, Bloomington, IN: You may not be able to tell a book by its cover, but you can ...
Riesling – Not to be overlooked  with video
September 3, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Bobby Wallace, wine director of Big Red Liquors, Bloomington, IN: Riesling is the least-heralded noble white wine grape in Amer ...
Federal court reinstates Indiana 'face-to-face' wine provision
August 8, 2008
Indiana residents must first make face-to-face contact with a wine merchant before they can place wine orders over the phone or the Internet, a federal appeals court ruled. A federal judge lifted the f ...
Wine language  with video
July 25, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson: Have you ever tried to describe the taste of a steak? Or tried to compare it with the taste of a pork chop? If not, try it. And don ...
The health benefits of wine  with video
July 11, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Dr. Michael Kane. Almost twenty years ago a CBS “Sixty Minutes” program explored the “French Paradox,” an observation that the Frenc ...
To decant or not…  with video
July 11, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson: Shortly after Marcel Kreuz became the first restaurateur outside France to earn a third Michelin star, I went to Brussels to have ...
Frequently-asked wine questions  with video
May 20, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Deneb Lea. People who talk about wine get a lot of questions, and the questions tend to be the same from person to person. Does wi ...
Wine ratings – reliable or not?  with video
May 20, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring an interview with John F. Davis of Hoosier Buddy Liquors, Nashville, IN. Do points really count? In a wine store you will read shelf tags that say Parker gi ...
Visiting a winery  with video
May 20, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring an interview with Jim Butler of the Butler Winery, Bloomington, IN. Visiting a winery is fun. It’s also relatively inexpensive, and it can be very educational. T ...
Four ways to taste wine
April 17, 2008
Tim Hanni’s Budometer divides wine drinkers into four categories: tolerant, sensitive, hypersensitive and sweet. The rating is based on the number of taste buds you have — a higher number makes you more sensiti ...
Slurp and sip  with video
March 24, 2008
With Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson Ever wonder why they put stems on wine glasses? For you to use them, that's why. If you hold your glass by the bowl, you�re likely to change the temperature of the wine. You als ...
Opening a bottle of champagne  with video
March 24, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Allen 'Ole' Dale Olson with Erin Drake, General Manager at The Story Inn When opening champagne, make sure the bottle is not pointed at anything breakable or at ...
A basketful of bottles
March 27, 2008
Special to The Washington Post The first public miracle Jesus was said to have performed was turning water into wine at a wedding feast. (The wine was well reviewed, deemed to be the “choicest” served at the e ...
Some new wine picks
March 27, 2008
Special to The Washington Post KAREN’S PICK: 2006 Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling RATIONALE: A lovely, food-friendly Riesling from one of the oldest and best wineries in the Northeast. COUNTRY: United Stat ...
We open our mailbag and let it breathe
March 27, 2008
Special to The Washington Post Last month we promised to devote more time and space to your wine-related questions. This week we make good on our promise. Q. About two weeks ago, my wife served a 2005 Tortois ...
Lloyd's of London insurance market insures Dutch winemaker's sense of smell for $8 million
March 31, 2008
LONDON (AP) - His schnoz is not to be sniffed at. A Lloyd's of London syndicate said Tuesday it is insuring the nose of winemaker Ilja Gort for $8 million. The Dutch winemaker and taster took out the poli ...