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Final 2012 Indiana wine fair judging results
April 27, 2012
Dry Red Gold: Harmony Winery, Malbec, NV (89 POINTS) Silver: Huber Winery, Heritage 2008 Bronze: Oliver Winery, Zinfandel 2009 Sweet Red Gold: Best Vineyards, Concord NV 87 POINTS Silver: Indian Creek Win ...
The Indiana Wine Fair – Ten Years On  with video
April 27, 2012
Rick Hofstetter, owner of the Story Inn, with a little help from the Hoosier Wine Cellar Host, founded the Indiana Wine Fair on the grounds of the Story Inn in southern Indiana. The annual event, always on t ...
Judges at Work at the 2012 wine fair  with video
April 27, 2012
The judges are all Hoosier wine consumers. They are not wine professionals and do not work in the trade. Their palates are those of people who like and use wine and who have learned to understand just why they ...
Judging wine @ the 2011 Indiana Wine Fair  with video
April 29, 2011
It sounds like a lot of fun. Imagine, an entire day sampling wines. Lots of wines. Rating them, identifying the best. In the video, the judges of the annual Indiana Wine Fair at the Story Inn tell us what it’s ...
Preview: 2011 Indiana Wine Fair @ The Story Inn  with video
April 27, 2011
When Rick Hofstetter bought the Story Inn (one of our sponsors) in 1998, it's doubtful he thought he would have a tremendous and positive impact on the growth of fine wine consumption in Indiana. But it only ...
Launching a winery in an unlikely place  with video
April 27, 2011
Adrian Lee opened Salt Creek Winery in December, 2010. He named it for the busy creek that wanders somewhat lazily (except in the rainy seasons) between the East and West Forks of the White River and through ...
A new look at Sahara Mart East  with video
May 17, 2010
There's a new look at the still-new Sahara Mart East on Third Street in Bloomington. It shows why Sahara Mart is willing to support our wine newsletter, because the look is all about an impressively wide select ...
Against H.R. 5034  with video
May 17, 2010
We have recently been writing about a new threat to the distribution systems governing consumer access to wines of their choice. This threat comes from wholesaler-prepared and sponsored proposed legislation, no ...
The 2010 Indiana Wine Fair  with video
April 28, 2010
How do you turn a bucolic village of six into a bustling, lively village of 5,000? Easy. Just hold a wine fair. That’s what happens every April in Story, Indiana, a pre-Civil War settlement that sleeps most of ...
The Indiana Wine Fair Judges  with video
April 28, 2010
The stereotype of a wine judge shows a solemn, studious older person, almost always a man, in deep thought while holding a half-filled glass to his nose. A more popular image would show the judge smiling in a e ...
Preview: 2010 Indiana Wine Fair @ Story  with video
April 5, 2010
The 2010 Indiana Wine Fair at Story, Saturday, April 24, is fast upon us. One of the state’s largest wine events, the Story Fair features pours by most of Indiana’s wineries, a chance to stroll among mid-ninete ...
The 2010 Big Red Wine & Food Festival  with video
April 5, 2010
Every spring Bloomington is home to a significant wine event sponsored by their very own Big Red Wine and Liquors outlet. In this video, we take a tour of the 17th annual Wine and Food Festival. Visitors to ...
The French Lick Winery  with video
December 22, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at top right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and John Doty, owner and vintner of The French Lick Winery, West Baden Springs, IN » ...
An award for Scholars Inn  with video
October 23, 2009
Only 3,845 restaurants around the world were selected, and two of them are in our hometown – Bloomington, Indiana. Selected for what? For being wine friendly, that’s what. Selected by whom? The editors of the W ...
Exotic wine market  with video
September 25, 2009
In Bloomington, when we need a special cooking or salad oil or an exotic spice, we head for Sahara Mart, either the Old Store on the corner of Second and Walnut or the spectacular new 20,000-square-foot New Sto ...
Developing a wine sense  with video
September 18, 2009
As earlier columns have divulged, I began my interest in wine as a member of the U.S. Army of Occupation in Germany after World War II. So did many other Americans of that era. That Occupation may have done as ...
Vintage Indiana  with video
September 17, 2009
Since its initiation in 2000,Vintage Indiana has been the largest wine event in Indiana, attracting thousands of visitors to downtown Indianapolis on the first Saturday in June to experience Hoosier wines and I ...
Barbara Keck & WineBiz  with video
July 9, 2009
Barbara Keck is a unique business woman. She combines her specialized industry marketing skills with her interest in wine and people who consume wine. She believes wine consumers have a desire to know wha ...
The wines of In Vie  with video
July 9, 2009
Whether you translate In Vie as "in life" or pronounce it as "envy," Rob Garber, European Portfolio Specialist for Olinger's In Vie Department, has an enviable job: presenting high quality wines to the Ind ...
Distinguished Malbecs  with video
July 8, 2009
Periodically we run into someone whose life story includes so many chapters that they in themselves become a story. To us in the Hoosier Wine Cellar, when that person relates his personal story to the wine ...
Life at the Indiana Wine Fair  with video
May 20, 2009
Take 35 wineries and put them under three gigantic circus tents. Take 4,000 – 5,000 people to Story, Indiana (population two; six when the Innkeeper’s four sons and daughters are home). Put the two to ...
New Ancient Cellars  with video
April 20, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Craig Baker, co-owner of Ancient Cellars, Portland, OR » There’s an old wine proverb that says if you want to ma ...
Video from the Big Red Wine & Food Festival  with video
April 20, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson at the 16th Annual International Wine & Food Festival, sponsored by Big Red Liquors, Bloomington, IN » ...
Indiana Cabernet  with video
April 9, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Rick Hofstetter, owner of The Story Inn, Story, IN: Ask about famous wine regions in America, and hardly anyone will ment ...
"The Other Guys" wine portfolio  with video
April 9, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Jeff Fignar of Crossroads Vintners, Indianapolis, IN: As more and more wines enter the market place, competition is intense ...
Small town wine store  with video
April 9, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Nancy Brock, owner of North Side Liquors, Seymour, IN: A decade or so ago, a single short aisle would house all the wine customers ...
The Indiana Wine Fair  with video
March 27, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Rick Hofstetter, owner of the Story Inn, Story, IN: The last weekend in April every year for the past six years has see ...
The Economy and Wine  with video
March 23, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and John Davis, co-owner of Hoosier Buddy Liquors in Nashville, IN: No matter how much the economy slumps, people have to buy food, ...
Big Red Wine Fest  with video
March 9, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Rob Williamson, marketing director of Big Red Liquors, Bloomington, IN: Periodically, big-volume retailers specializing in fine wi ...
A Treasure Room  with video
February 10, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Brad Wallace, fine wine specialist at Sahara Mart East , Bloomington, IN: Ever notice that some retail wine stores ha ...
The Indiana Wine Industry  with video
February 10, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson: Indiana is not widely known as a wine-producing state, but it should be. After all, it is the 10th largest producing state and ho ...
Wine Represention  with video
February 10, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and April Thomas, representative for Olinger Distributing, Indianapolis, IN: Most wine lovers at some point dream about ...
Brad and Fine Wine  with video
February 2, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Brad Wallace, fine wine specialist at Sahara Mart East , Bloomington, IN: Brad Wallace came to Bloomington as a Fine Wine Spec ...
Consumer tasting event  with video
January 26, 2009
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Rob Williamson, marketing director for Big Red Liquors, Bloomington, IN: Periodically we consumers can profit from a retailer’s ...
Burgess Cellars  with video
December 23, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Jim Callahan of Burgess Cellars, Napa Valley, CA: As early as 1972, Tom Burgess recognized that no matter where wine is made, i ...
Sahara Mart East  with video
October 14, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Javad Noorihoseini, owner of Sahara Mart East, Bloomington, IN: Horatio Alger may have urged us to “go west,” but in Bloomingto ...
"Kirring" Around at Story Inn  with video
September 26, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Rick Hofstetter, owner of the Story Inn, Story, IN: The Story Inn - famous for its April Wine Fair, noted for fine food, increas ...
Butler Winery downtown  with video
September 26, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Jim Butler, owner of the Butler Winery, Bloomington, IN: Most Hoosier wine lovers know that Jim Butler is one of Indiana’s foremos ...
Big Red East Wine Cellar  with video
September 4, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Ben Denton, wine manager at Big Red Liquors, Bloomington, IN: Down a few steps and you’re in the Old World. Well, not really, bu ...
Texas couple open winery in mall
August 8, 2008
By GEOFF FOLSOM Odessa American ODESSA, Texas (AP) - Amy Anderson likes to take weekly getaways to a winery — in the middle of an Odessa strip mall. "It's just calm and peaceful," the teacher and mother ...
VinSense and wine-shipping information  with video
July 25, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson with attorneys (and VinSense, Inc. members) Rick Hofstetter and Ken Harker: Indiana is one of the few states that denies its citizens from ...
Wine at Big Red Liquors  with video
July 25, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Dr. Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Bobby DerOhanian, wine manager of Big Red Liquors, Bloomington, IN: ...
The Oliver Winery experience  with video
July 11, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring an interview with Bill Oliver, owner of Oliver Winery, Bloomington, IN. A single visit to the Oliver Winery just north of Bloomington is enough to convince you ...
Growing number of celebs going from VIP to vintner
June 20, 2008
LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) _ As a graceful Olympian, Peggy Fleming thrilled with her elegance on the ice. But these days, the gold-medal skater is making her mark in the world of wine. And she's not the only celeb ...
Indiana wines – what’s the Story?  with video
May 20, 2008
Be sure to watch the video at right featuring Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson at the Story Inn, location of the Indiana Wine Fair Join 3,000 other Midwesterners in Story on Saturday, April 26 and meet nearly every win ...
Late cold snap puts a chill on California vineyards
May 9, 2008
NAPA, Calif. (AP) - April was a cruel month for California winemakers, bringing a series of unusually late frosts to vineyards baring the tender, green shoots of spring. The damage still is being assessed — it ...
Groups pop cork on Alabama Wine Trail, but Southern Baptists greet it with boos
April 17, 2008
CALERA, Ala. — Alabama has all sorts of tourist trails — there’s one for civil rights, another for birds and yet another for old churches. The newest one was introduced Tuesday to promote the state’s wineries, ...
Bad economy could be sweet for California wines
April 3, 2008
As the economy sputters, American drinkers are moderating their taste for fine wine -- but not by much. And with a weak dollar making imports more expensive and consumers hunting for lower prices, California’s ...
Wine offerings at Sahara Mart  with video
March 28, 2008
Watch the video to get an introduction to the wine offering at Bloomington's 'Sahara Mart' grocery store. With Allen Dale 'Ole' Olson and Javad Noorihoseini, owner, Sahara Mart, and Traci Walker, Sahara Mart w ...
Wineries more widespread
March 31, 2008
The Napa Valley used to be the first and last word in American wine. But that's changing, with wineries branching into all corners of California, and the other 49 states. ...
Indiana Wine Trails
March 28, 2008
Indiana Uplands Wine Trail Central 1. Oliver Winery Address 8024 N State Road 37 Bloomington, IN 47404 Phone (800) 258-2783 2. Butler Winery Address 6200 E Robinson Road Bloomington, IN 47408 ...