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A Tropical Treat in the middle of winter- White Sangria is here!

Post by Jessika Hane, HR Director

We have just released a brand new wine in the Tasting Room- White Sangria Classic!

This semi-sweet wine is absolutely delicious, bursting with ripe citrus and tropical flavors. When I tasted it this morning, I was instantly transported back to my vacation in Costa Rica a few years ago when we sipped fruity drinks from the swim-up bar at the pool. Ah, memories…

With a few more weeks of winter still on the calendar, nothing could be better than a glass of White Sangria to transport us to warmer place. One of my favorite things about White Sangria Classic (and Sangria Classic) is that it is ready to drink. Just pour it into your wine glass and enjoy. White Sangria is available now in our Tasting Room and will soon be making its way to a store near you.

Fill a pitcher with White Sangria Classic and garnish with sliced citrus and fresh berries for a fun and festive look.

A new way to prune at Creekbend Vineyard

Post by Bernie Parker, Vineyard Manager

It has been a while since my last blog.  We have been busy in the vineyard pruning as well as helping out in production on those really nasty days.  In the vineyard we are happy to have a new piece of equipment that has been a real time saver and reduced the strain on everyone’s shoulders.  As you can see in this video it is a trailer on which the staff rides to prune the vines at about waist high instead of shoulder high.


It also gives everyone a steady pace to work at.  The crew is happy to be out of the mud and snow and we haven’t had any problems with our shoulders.  What a great addition to the vineyard!

Chocolate Lovers Welcome!

Post by Paul Mui, Hospitality Director

Come and see us for Chocolate Lover’s Weekend-February 18th & 19th.

Wine and chocolate.  Individually beloved, together simply a match made in heaven.  That’s why each year over the course of four days in February known as Chocolate Lover’s Weekend on the Uplands Wine Trail, our tasting room is bustling with hundreds of guests eager to enjoy the pairing of Oliver wines and gourmet chocolates.  This Saturday and Sunday, extend your post Valentine’s Day sugar high as we offer up truffles from Indiana’s Ghyslain Chocolatier during our guided wine tasting, and a sampling of delectable hot fudge sauces from Best Boy & Co.  This Fort Wayne-based company is an amazingly charitable business, and this marks their first visit to our tasting room.  Our Sweet Treat Sale also comes to an end on Sunday, so don’t miss your chance to save big on these locally-grown, Creekebend dessert wines.  Come on out, we’ve got a spot waiting for you at the bar!

Tasty handmade chocolates and delicious dessert wines from Creekbend Vineyard- a perfect match!

 

Staff member, Don, makes sure that there are plenty of chocolates for everyone!

Super Recipes for a Super Sunday

This post was written by new employee, Samantha Ezzo, our Special Events Director and entertaining specialist. She’s been so busy that we haven’t even had time to snap her picture for the blog! Look for more of Samantha’s delicious recipes and ideas in the near future.

Score a touchdown on game day with these perfect Creekbend wine and food pairings!  As the Super Bowl makes its way to Indiana this year, make sure you serve locally grown and produced Creekbend wines – grown right here on our home turf! We are open from 10-6 on Friday and Saturday and from 12-6 on Sunday, so you have plenty of time to visit and  stock up before the game.

We have picked two “Super” recipes for something fun and a little unexpected.  Cheers to a great game!

Spicy Thai Chicken Wings 

The Spicy Thai Chicken Wings are full of flavor and lacquered to curried-honey perfection.  This dish is great with Creekbend Traminette, Indiana’s signature wine. The classic floral and spicy aromas of the Traminette, with long lasting flavors of tropical fruit and apple, pair well with the flavor of curry and spiciness of the wings.

4 pounds chicken wings, tips discarded, wings separated into 2 pieces
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Salt and freshly ground pepper
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
1 tablespoon honey
Juice and finely grated zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon soy sauce

Preheat the oven to 475°F.  Spread the wings on 2 large rimmed baking sheets.  Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss.  Bake the wings for about 40 minutes, or until browned and crisp. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, blend the butter with the curry paste, honey, lime juice and zest and soy sauce.  When the wings are done, transfer them to the bowl and toss with the butter until well coated.  Transfer the wings to a platter and serve.

Bleu Cheese Potato Chips 
This snack packs a serious flavor punch.  Lightly melted bleu cheese crumbled on top of homemade potato chips makes a salty, crunchy and zingy snack.  Try it with the Vidal Blanc Sparkling Wine for a magical pairing.  The effervescence of the wine with the saltiness of the chip is a great balance.

Yukon gold potatoes, about 2 pounds
Peanut oil (for frying)
Kosher salt    
1 pound bleu cheese, crumbled
1 bunch chives, chopped

Peel and slice potatoes into thin 1/8-inch slices using a mandolin or sharp knife.  Rinse the slices several times until the water runs clear. Drain and pat dry.  Place 3 inches of oil into a large deep pot.  Bring the oil up to 325°F over medium-high heat.  Working in batches, carefully add the potato slices, a dozen at a time.  Stir them to make sure they are not sticking together.  Fry until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and drain them well on paper towels; season with salt.  Repeat with the remaining potato slices.

Heat the oven to 450°F.  Place a layer of the chips onto a baking dish and sprinkle with some of the bleu cheese.  Place another layer of chips onto that and some more cheese and chives.  Put into the oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes.  Garnish with chives.

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