The Crabapple tree is in full bloom! We are so happy to replace Indiana snow with falling Crabapple blossoms outside our windows. Spring is erupting here at the winery. Take a look!
Perhaps you have taken your own photos in front of the Crabapple tree at our main entrance. Bill Oliver planted this tree in 1983, adjacent to the block building that was the original winery. That, and cutting barrels in half and planting Marigolds in them, was the first small step toward establishing the beautiful gardens we have today. We now have a team of talented landscapers — led by Marian Keith, who took today’s photos — to keep our grounds beautiful all year. Because who doesn’t want to enjoy a glass or bottle of wine, surrounded by blossoming trees and colorful floral arrangements?
Come enjoy spring with us!
Do you remember when we first met?
You walked in, thirsty and curious. We offered all your new favorite things: a wine flight, a plate of gourmet cheeses and local meats, a slice of Chocolate Port Pecan Pie, mood lighting.
You told your friends. You took a photo of your Tomato Basil Jam. You came back, and here we are, marking our six month anniversary on the square in Bloomington.
Celebrate with us this Wednesday, April 24 through Sunday, April 28 at Oliver Winery Downtown. We’ll have a new wine flight, new cocktails, all our newest wine releases, and a chance to win FREE DESSERT for the next six months!
Thank you for making our downtown adventure such a success. Cheers!
Drew Kincius, Downtown Manager
How much do YOU love Oliver?
Enter our photo contest for your chance to be featured on Oliver store displays across the country. We’re looking for the best photos of our fans enjoying Oliver Soft Red, Soft White and Soft Rosé. We want to see where you enjoy it, when you enjoy it, and how you enjoy it most. Be creative! Include yourself, your friends, your roommates, your parents, and of course a glass or bottle of your favorite Soft.
All entries must be received by 1:00 PM Monday, February 18, 2013. Up to 100 finalists will be selected over the course of the contest. We will announce contest winners March 1, 2013 at OliverWinery.com.
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We threw many parties in our 40th anniversary year, which called for the making of many, many drinks. Here are five of our favorite signature cocktails of 2012, with recipes for mixing them at home. Just a small thank you to our wonderful fans and customers who made this year so special for us. Cheers to 2013 — may you only drink delicious wine, and discover new favorites along the way!
The Berry Zinful
4 ounces Oliver Zinfandel
6 ounces Orangina
1 ounce raspberry simple syrup
1/2 tsp mulling spices
Stir, pour over ice and serve.
3.5 oz Maximum Port
3.5 oz Orangina
1.5 oz lemon juice
1.5 oz club soda
Pinch of zest
2 tsp mulling spice
Stir and pour over ice. Garnish with an orange slice.
4.5 ounces Creekbend Chambourcin Rosé
4.5 ounces ginger ale
1 ounce Oliver Blackberry Wine
Pour over ice, stir, and garnish with fresh or frozen blackberries.
6 ounces Creekbend Vidal Blanc Sparkling
1 ounce Oliver Blackberry Wine
Garnish with one fresh blackberry and a sprig of mint.
St. Nick’s Crush
Combine ¾ tsp Clementine Brown Sugar mixer (below) with 1½ tsp Roasted Cranberry Clove mixer (below) and 6 oz Oliver Beanblossom Blush. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries.
Clementine Brown Sugar Mixer: Heat ½ cup brown sugar and ½ cup water over medium heat until dissolved. Steep the peel from one clementine in the brown sugar mixture for at least one hour. Strain, stir in 1 tsp of vanilla and the juice from ½ clementine.
Roasted Cranberry Clove Mixer: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread cranberries over a pan and sprinkle with 1 tsp of ground clove. Roast cranberries for 10 minutes. Heat ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water over medium heat until dissolved. Steep cranberries to sugar mixture for 2-4 hours. Strain, and refrigerate.
Look what arrived in the mail!
Our 2012 Governor’s Cup is a prestigious trophy given to the most award winning Indiana winery in the Indy International Wine Competition.
Here is our complete list of medals:
Shiraz Reserve 2010
Creekbend Vidal Blanc Ice Wine 2008
Creekbend Vidal Blanc Sparkling 2010
Peach Honey Wine
Pinot Grigio 2011
Beanblossom Blueberry Hard Cider
Creekbend Vidal Blanc Reserve Sweetened 2011
Creekbend Chambourcin 2010
Creekbend Chambourcin Rosé 2011
Creekbend Traminette 2011
Shiraz Reserve 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Camelot Mead Honey Wine
Strawberry Honey Wine
Black Cherry Honey Wine
Mango Honey Wine
Beanblossom Original Hard Cider
Beanblossom Peach Hard Cider
Maximum Port 2007