Spring Blooms in the Vineyard

Spring at Oliver Winery is an exciting time. Our blooming vines are getting ready to produce clusters of fruit, and right now we are busy setting the stage for the rest of the growing season.

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As each vine begins to flower, we start to see these tiny green clusters (below). They will swell and then burst, revealing their pollen at the tip. The pollen eventually falls back into the flower, and just like that, our favorite little berries will start to form!

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At this point in the growing season, a healthy vine is a hairy vine. We want to see a bunch of these sprout-like clusters (above), which are good indicators of a happy crop and lots of fruit to come.

Stay tuned for more vineyard updates to come throughout the summer and into harvest, and post your questions in the comments!

Quick Cures for the Winter Blues

The winter blues are no joke, so we had a quick chat with our Events & Hospitality Manager, Darcie Lowe, to find out how she beats these gray days. Here’s what she had to say:

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Cabernet Hot Chocolate

“I succumb to the winter cold and warm up from the inside out by adding some of our Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 to a cup of hot chocolate (see recipe below). It pairs well with Netflix and a heated blanket!”

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Bubblecraft White Mimosa

I love adding a splash of orange juice to our Oliver Bubblecraft White to turn my favorite sparkling wine into a fun breakfast beverage. Perfect for brunch!”

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Beanblossom Hard Cider

“Remember summer? Yeah… me either. That’s why I turn to our Beanblossom Original Hard Cider – to take me back to the dog days of summer spent on the lake, sipping refreshing ciders under the hot sun. Pair with some reggae tunes and a travel magazine!”

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We like the way you think, Darcie. What are some of your favorite ways to beat the winter blues?

Inside the Tasting Room: 5 Fall Essentials

With the return of fall color, snuggly sweaters, and seasonal flavors, we’ve collected the top picks to go with our favorite time of year.

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We’re big fans of picnics and barbecues, tailgates, and everything in-between, so we decided to curate a list of seasonal selections that make them even better. These are our go-to items when hanging out with friends and family or kicking back on a fall afternoon:

Limited time! Apple Pie Wine – $10

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Tart apple flavor meets soft vanilla and hints of cinnamon, in a combination that will send your tastebuds a la mode (reviewers agree!). This seasonal apple wine release is available only while supplies last. Hurry in to get yours soon!

 

farmhouse cheese knife set – $17

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Who said the grillmaster gets to have all the fun?! Prepare your cheeseboard in style with this rustic cheese knife set. With their curvy wooden handles, we think these cute little tools would be Joanna Gaines-approved.

 

Sunset Wine Carrier – $40

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At Oliver, we know wine. We’re also picnic enthusiasts. This carrier features thermal insulation to keep wine at the perfect temp. Includes two glasses, napkins, and a combination corkscrew. Ready, set, relax!

 

BeanBlossom Hard Cider – $6

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Whether you just got back from a hike on a local trail, or you’re sitting around a campfire, our BeanBlossom Hard Cider® is meant for the lighter times in life. Now in a convenient smaller size. Share with friends, and let the good times roll.

 

Fall Snack Pairings

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We hand-select the gourmet goodies in our shop to bring you the finest treats for a fall afternoon. Mulled wine, anyone? Insider Tip: Ask an Oliver associate for pairing recommendations! [Ladybird cookies $7 / cider spices $3.75 / San Juan chocolate bar $3.50 / Busseto salami $9.95 / BellaVitano cheese $11.70 / Crostini $4.65]

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Five Fabulous Wines For Spring

“It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter” sing the Beatles in Here Comes The Sun. Well, I don’t know that it’s been a lonely one, but it’s certainly been a long and very cold one!

While we are ready to get out of hibernation mode and head outside to play, we might still need to wait just a bit longer for spring to be in full swing. Luckily for us, Oliver Winery has bottled some of spring’s most beautiful things, giving us a chance to indulge our senses until we can finally sing Here Comes The Sun!

Here’s my pick:

CHAMBOURCIN ROSÉ   (Off-Dry)


At the first sign of spring, the French break out their chilled bottles of rosé and so should you! Chambourcin Rosé is an off-dry French style rosé, offering some delightfully zingy hints of raspberry. Its brilliant hue is an invitation to bid farewell to winter and celebrate the colorful season ahead. So along with that bottle, grab a baguette, make a jambon beurre sandwich, toss some arugula with a few walnuts and olive oil, spread a blanket atop a verdant hill… and voilà! Life’s simple pleasures… à la Française!

 

 

TRAMINETTE   (Semi-Dry)


Traminette has joined the Cardinal in representing the state of Indiana. Hoosiers are proud of their state signature wine, and for good reasons. Although it can be enjoyed year round with a variety of foods, Traminette features delicately clean herbaceous and floral notes, making it a perfect choice for a crisp spring day. It also pairs surprisingly beautifully with an all cheese picnic!

 

VIGNOLES   (Semi-Dry)


A sunny wine if there ever was one. Vignoles encapsulates the golden warmth and refreshing breeze of spring through delicate flavors of peach and apricot, and a subtle hint of citrus. A must have for your relaxing afternoons lakeside and spring break adventures!

 

BEANBLOSSOM BLUSH   (Semi-Dry)


As its name suggests, BeanBlossom Blush is made for spring! Its vibrant flavors of freshly picked strawberries, accented by a soft citrusy finish, will slowly wake up your senses after this long winter! A wonderful wine to serve your guests along with a variety of appetizers out on the porch.

 

CAMELOT MEAD   (Semi-Sweet | Honey Wine)


Made with orange blossom honey, Camelot Mead captures the exquisite essence of spring! Elegantly sweet and floral, this wine will delight you with its golden glow and succulent honey flavor. Wonderful with a slice of strawberry shortcake for dessert, or as an accompaniment to goat cheese and roquefort!

 

We’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite Oliver wines for spring? Leave us a comment below, or connect with us via Twitter or Instagram – @oliverwinery and #oliverwines4spring

Happy Spring Everyone!!


Photo Credits: PicNic BasketRed BikeTraminette ClusterCardinalYellow FlowersCherry BlossomsOrange Tree