Unwind with a Hoosier Martini

Relax and unwind this weekend with an Indiana favorite, the Hoosier Martini! We hope you enjoy this fun and flavorful drink as much as we do! Cheers!!


2 parts Oliver Soft Red wine

1 part Heartland Distillers Indiana Vodka

Juice of 1 fresh lime

Shake with ice

Top off this tasty chilled martini with a splash of lemon lime soda

The Making of Vidal Blanc Sparkling Wine

Post by Bill Oliver, Director of Winemaking

By now you probably know that we can’t call it Champagne anymore. The French (bless their souls) claim sole use of that geographic descriptor as a name for sparkling wine. But fear not! Our Vidal Blanc sparkling wine is produced using Methode Champenois, or Champagne method. This is the classic method of secondary fermentation the bottle, and subsequent riddling and disgorging of the yeast. We make Vidal Blanc Sparkling Wine almost at a hobby level, making only about 300 cases per year. Contrast this with other wines – Riesling 8,000 cases per year, and Soft Red – 135,000!

Vidal Blanc had a wonderful year in 2008. It was as you may recall; cool. Grapes ripened late under a perfect early fall sun. Flavors were outstanding. And if there is one absolutely necessary condition for the creation of great wine, it is to begin with great tasting fruit.

The 2008 Vidal Blanc Sparkling wine has all the beautiful sublime flavor of ripe Vidal grapes. The lively freshness of the effervescence is beautifully balanced by the addition of about 5% Ice Wine at final corking. This wine is a great way to celebrate or to enjoy on a sunny evening with light cheese and fresh fruit.

Happenstance would have it that our vineyard crew, led by Bernie Parker, is largely in charge of sparkling wine production.  Apparently Bernie volunteered to work with this wine a few years ago on a rainy day and had a knack for it. He’s been doing it ever since.

This wine underwent final bottling on June 29th, 2010 and will be released today, July 9th. Here are a few photos of our vineyard team putting the finishing touches on this tasty sparkler!

Bernie Parker gets ready to disgorge a bottle of sparkling wine.

Sheila adds the Ice Wine dosage.
John adds dosage to a bottle.
Adding the cork!
Eric puts on the cage and twists it into place.
Twist, twist, twist!

We are offering complimentary tastings of Vidal Blanc Sparkling Wine in the Tasting Room this weekend, July 9, 10 & 11. Hope you can join us for a taste!

Experience Creekbend Vineyard with us!

Post by Jessika Hane, Human Resources Director

Dear Oliver friends and fans! On Saturday August 21st, 2010 you can enjoy the unique opportunity to discover and explore our beautiful Creekbend Vineyard. Tickets for Part III of the Creekbend Experience are on sale now!

On June 9th, I had the opportunity to attend Part II of our Creekbend Experience Series, held at the winery. Guests were treated to goodies and tastings including the trio of wines made from the Chambourcin grapes that grow in our vineyard (Chambourcin, Chambourcin Rosé and Chambourcin Dessert wine). We talked about wines with Bill Oliver and our winemaker, Dennis Dunham. Then we broke into small groups to explore our onsite vineyard with Bill, Dennis and vineyard manager, Bernie Parker. It was a wonderful evening-great wines, great weather and great conversation.

Creekbend Experience Part II- What an amazing night!

If this looks like fun, then you don’t want to miss the final event of the Creekbend Experience on Saturday August 21st.

This event takes place at Creekbend Vineyard (15 minute drive from Oliver Winery) from 11am-2pm. Guests will enjoy delicious summer fare from FARMbloomington*, a private concert by Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band, guided walking tours of Creekbend Vineyard and wine tasting of the Creekbend Collection and other Oliver favorites.

Tickets are limited and going fast! The ticket price is $45/person and can be purchased in the Tasting Room or by calling 800-25-Taste. (By the way, wine club members get in for free-advanced registration is required.)

Early Morning-Fall 2009 Creekbend Vineyard

I think that this will be a perfect weekend getaway trip. The event ends at 2pm, so there would be plenty of time to explore Bloomington, the Indiana University campus or visit our Tasting Room. If you do decide to plan a weekend getaway, the Breakaway Bloomington site can help you in your planning.

OH! And I almost forgot! Our final Tunes on the Terrace Concert, Jenn Cristy, is on Friday August 20th. We still have a few tickets available. Come and spend the whole weekend with us!

*FARMbloomington is coming up with a great menu for this event. They will be offering treats like Green Market Crudités with Capriole Goat Cheese Dip, homemade pickles, local salsa, shrimp, tomato and basil pie, mushroom turnovers with truffle oil and Parmesan and Creekbend Vineyard Grapevine Roasted Venison!! Yummy!

Do not miss your chance to attend this exciting event, buy your tickets today! I hope to see you there!

Indiana Legislative Update- Show us your ID!

Get ready to feel young again!  As of Thursday July 1st, 2010, Indiana law now requires us to obtain identification from all customers purchasing wine, regardless of age. Next time you join us in the tasting room, don’t forget to bring your ID inside…we know when we get busy it can be a long way back to your car to go get it!

For more information about this law, you can review the larger bill from the Indiana Senate SB75 by clicking here.

And on a special note, this bill also allows Indiana’s wonderful microbreweries to join us in selling carryout on Sundays. We encourage you to take advantage by visiting our friends Upland Brewing Company or Bloomington Brewing Company this holiday weekend, and picking up a growler for the barbeque.  That is, of course, along with a bottle of Oliver wine!

We hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

For you BBC enthusiasts out there, Bloomington Brewing Company is currently auctioning off their first ever Sunday Growler on EBay. Check it out and own a piece of history!