March Gladness-Come celebrate with us!

Post by Pam Bonin, Hospitality Director

March Gladness on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail  – March 6-7 & 13-14

Basketball fanatics have March Madness. Indiana wine lovers have March Gladness.  The clever name always brings a smile to my face because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve slipped and said “March Gladness” when talking about basketball in March.  And to think, I grew up in Indiana , playing basketball and even having the chance to play at Market Square Arena in the IHSAA Girls State Finals in 1998.  Now that I realized that there is no room in the WNBA for a 5’6’’ point guard with a ½” vertical  – I moved on to an industry that cares more about the good things in life…fine wine, gourmet eats, & good times.  That is what March Gladness on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail is all about.

March Gladness is, in my opinion, the premiere event for the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail.  Held on March 6-7 & 13-14, a $30 ticket allows you to have access to private tours, gourmet cuisine, special wine tastings & a chance to travel the back roads of Indiana. (And I promise, you will be traveling the back roads!) Tickets are onsale at Oliver Winery and every other winery on the trail.

Once again we will be transforming our winemaking facility into a bistro-type setting. We can’t hide the fact that there are thousands of cases of wine in the warehouse and a Big Ass Fan (really, a Big Ass Fan) circulating above, but who would really want to?  It’s pretty darn cool.

Our new 2009 Creekbend Wines will be the highlight this year!  You’ll even taste a few wines that have yet to be released.  Not to mention complimentary tastes of those rare releases like Creekbend Cabernet Sauvignon & Creekbend Vidal Blanc Ice Wine.

This year, we are partnering with an established Bloomington business to cater this special event. One World Enterprises, the parent company to Lennie’s and BBC , has recently expanded to include One World Catering and Events.   Focusing on local ingredients when possible and being eco-conscious (you’ll love the irregularly shaped plates made from large, naturally fallen leaves), One World Catering has whipped up some tasty cuisine using our Creekbend wines. Here are a few “samples” of the treats we will be serving over these two weekends:

Farfalle Primavera with a Chardonel Herb Butter Sauce
A tasty platter with Indiana cheeses, dried figs and apricots.
Dennis, Bernie and Sheila enjoy a sampling of the March Gladness menu. Thanks One World Catering and Events!

I don’t want to give away all of the surprises.  You’ll have to join us.  I promise it is worth the ticket price.  Take your time and enjoy the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail.  Each winery is unique and each community has something great to offer.

Which reminds me – The Bloomington CVB is offering a winter package through March 31stClick here for special discount offers for hotels and restaurants in Bloomington.  Hang out in Bloomington – “The 7th fastest growing destination in the nation for wine & culinary enthusiasts” ~ Orbitz Travel Research.  We are so lucky to be a part of such a great Midwestern town.

Join us in March for these special weekends.  You’ll be glad you did.

JUST ADDED- Here are some photos from the first weekend of March Gladness 2010. Hope you can join us on March 13th & 14th.

VIPs enjoy wine tasting and a view of the big fan overhead in our warehouse.

Relaxing next to some of our 18,000 gallon tanks.
Tasting and talking wine with Bernie Parker-Vineyard Manager
Another reason to be a March Gladness VIP? Personalized attention!

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