The Rehearsal Dinner: Make it Memorable.

Rehearsal dinners are exciting by nature: the big night before one of the most important events of a lifetime! Close family and friends gather together not just to rehearse for the big day, but also to indulge in the love buzz that surrounds the husband and wife-to-be.  If you are planning a rehearsal dinner, we have some tips to take this event to the next level:

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Thanks, Marjorie and Nate, for letting us use photos from your gorgeous evening!

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Happy Hour: Pulley Chairs at the WonderLab

Oliver Winery is proud to sponsor a piece of WonderLab Museum’s newest exhibit, Simple Machine Mania, on display now! Our machine is Pulley Chairs, and it’s no game. Some of us adults thought of it more as a total body workout in a chair. Of course Bill and Kathleen were some of the first adults to try it Tuesday night at the opening donor reception. Kathleen had no trouble pulling herself up to the very top, but she’s the mother of three boys, so her arms literally are machines.

The Olivers brought all three sons, Wesley (12), Gibson (11) and Dashel (7) to try out the Pulley Chairs. They found a couple thousand other things to play with, too. Their faces pretty much looked like this the whole time:

Dashel (above) also rediscovered Oliver Winery’s first donation to the WonderLab, a two-story grapevine that he slithered through like only a seven-year-old boy can. We’re really impressed by how well the grapevine has held up. After all, it’s older than Dashel himself.

By sheer luck, Tuesday was also the night Venus passed in front of the sun, so we all learned even more about science by staring directly into the ball of fire through a welder’s glass (Bill’s idea). I was really glad to be invited, as you can see from my pinpression:

We’re really grateful to have an educational children’s museum, that’s also fun for adults, right in the heart of downtown Bloomington. That is why we continue to support the WonderLab!

Tunes on the Terrace starts next month

For good reason, we’ve asked a Beatles cover band to open our Tunes on the Terrace summer concert series again this year. Besides bringing our patio to its knees last summer, The Rigbys also have supernatural powers to ward off severe weather, dissipate storms and woo Mother Nature so that our customers can enjoy a glass of wine and some barbecue. Here is what I’m talking about.

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The Rigbys

The Rigbys will return Friday, June 22, for an uncanny Beatles-like performance here at the winery. Tickets (worth it) are $35 for the Upper Patio, $30 for the Lower Patio and $25 for the lawn. This year’s lineup also includes Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel on July 20, Tad Robinson on August 17, and The Vallures on September 14. Our Early Bird Special runs through Thursday, May 31, and will save you $5 on any of these shows. Visit the winery for tickets, or call us at 812.876.5800.

A crucial part of our summer concert series (and life, in general) is what you’ll be fed. Smokin’ Jack’s Rib Shack will cater again this year, and our tasting room staff will help you when you’re thirsty. You will be drooling over the bands or the beautiful scenery, and we will offer you a refreshing drink. Perhaps our Moscato or Sangria. And wine should always be paired with food. You like barbecue, right? See how it all comes together?

Note, I am Christy, the newest member of the marketing team here at Oliver Winery. Feel free to e-mail me with suggestions on how to better communicate what we’re doing with the public. Also note, because I’m new, I could have gotten away with so many Beatles puns in this post. Do you have a ticket to ride? Our patio, that is? All you need is love, and a ticket. So buy yours today. Let it B…BQ.

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!

It’s almost time for Vines, Pines and Inclines!

Guest post by Andrea N. Eagleman, running enthusiast and wine lover!

The air is becoming ever-so-slightly cool and crisp, the neighborhood kids are stocking up on back to school supplies, and the Indiana sweet corn is delectably perfect. This can only mean one thing – it’s almost time for the Second Annual Oliver Winery Vines, Pines, & Inclines Creekbend Vineyard Trail Run in Bloomington!

As someone who took part in the inaugural event last year, I can say that the Vines, Pines, & Inclines race is like nothing I’ve ever experienced in my 17 years of running. The race is unique in that it takes place on Oliver Winery’s gorgeous 53-acre Creekbend Vineyard, full of Indiana’s finest wine grapes, rolling hills, and lush wooded areas, all of which runners and walkers traverse during the five-mile run, two-mile walk, and one-mile fun run for kids.

The five-mile course includes three main hills that become gradually more difficult, and are aptly named “Hill of Discomfort”, “Hill of Pain”, and “Hill of Death”. With a 120-foot climb and incline of 23 degrees, the “Hill of Death” is the steepest terrain I’ve ever encountered. For the record, I spoke with many participants after last year’s race and only know of one person who actually ran up that hill. The majority of us decided that walking was easier. If you participate in this year’s race, one thing is for sure – you won’t soon forget the “Hill of Death” and will look forward to your next chance to tackle it.

As a longtime Oliver Winery customer and frequent tasting room visitor, I appreciate the outstanding customer service provided to each and every person who walks through the door. The Vines, Pines, & Inclines race provides yet another example of the professionalism of the Oliver Winery staff. From the organized registration process to the adequate number of restrooms (a race “must” for most runners!) to the clearly marked race course, the race is an extension of the fine service Oliver Winery has provided its customers for years.

Another unique aspect to the race is that it has something to offer the entire family. Not only are there three race options to choose from, there is also grilled food for sale, a wine tent for those 21 and older, and live music for all to enjoy. With all of this alongside the backdrop of the acres upon acres of vineyards, one might stop and wonder if they’re actually in California rather than Indiana.

Stepping up to the starting line of the inaugural Vines, Pines, & Inclines race, I was nervous. Following 30+ minutes of running through rows of beautiful vines, on peaceful trails in the woods, and being cheered on by the Bloomington Blades youth hockey team, which the race benefits, I knew I had discovered a new annual tradition. I sat back, ate a snack, relaxed with friends, and enjoyed a glass of the finest Shiraz around. I’m definitely looking forward to another great experience at the 2011 Vines, Pines, & Inclines race on August 27!

You can find more information and register here.

Tunes on the Terrace- Do you have your tickets yet?

Post by Pam Bonin, Marketing Manager

It was a packed patio at the inaugural Tunes on the Terrace concert last Friday night! Luckily the fierce storm that was heading our way from St. Louis dissipated as it approached Bloomington.  Maybe it was the tunes of the Beatles tribute band, The Rigby’s, as they sang Here Comes the Sun that kept Mother Nature in line.  Whatever the reason, it was an entertaining evening.  The wine was flowing, BBQ was sizzling and the crowd, both young and old, enjoyed the music of on a perfect Indiana summer night.

We have two more concerts lined up this summer.  We hope you’ll join us!  The first one was a sold out show, so gather your friends and family and buy your tickets!

Friday, July 22, 2011 – American Cheese 
One of Indy’s favorite bands brings you slices from all the great decades and the songs you hate to love!
Tickets: Upper Patio $25 ~ Lower Patio $20 ~ Lawn $15

Friday, August 19, 2011  Jenn Cristy
A Bloomington favorite!  Piano-driven melodies influenced by popular rock and roll acts of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
Tickets: Upper Patio $30 ~ Lower Patio $25 ~ Lawn $20

Click here to view other summer events!