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JUL-AUG 2018

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Jul/ Aug 2018 • 50 A hh! Summertime is finally here. After a hectic day, a great way to unwind is to sit outside in the late evening in a comfy lawn chair or maybe a swing and enjoy a nice glass of wine. No TV, no phones, no deci- sions to make. Just chillin' out. See — you feel a little more relaxed already, don't you? Southern Indiana is blessed with over 18 wineries sprinkled across the re- gion, each with their own personality and offerings. Let's highlight a few of them and hit the road. Lanthier Winery is nestled in the picturesque little town of Madison. They have quite an extensive wine list that they describe as ranging from "Midwest sweet to elegant dry wines." There's something for every palate. While you're sipping on your new favorite you can stroll through their French country gardens and admire the pieces on display in the loft art gallery. If you'll be having a special holiday din- ner for your friends and family, why not add one of their special-release holiday wines this year? Their "Spirit of the Sea- son" varieties are available after Thanks- giving through Dec. 24. They've given them some very catchy names — Rudolph Red, Snowflake White and St. Nicholas Blush. They can also design personalized wine bottle labels for you. Wouldn't this be the perfect wedding or retirement gift? Patoka Lake Winery built a new fa- cility a few years ago. If you haven't been there yet you really need to pay them a vis- it. Their tasting bar sits in the middle, with a nice gift shop on one side and the retail section on the other. Come back when the snow is flying and curl up in front of the fireplace while you visit with friends and indulge in one of their amazing wine slushies. If you come in on Thirsty Thurs- days they'll treat you to $1 off those wine slushies and glasses of wine all day long. For your July 4th celebrations, take home a bottle of their Red, White & Blue. It's a combination of cherry, apple and blueber- ry, with the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Their seasonal specialty is mulled wine. At Patoka Lake Winery you can also have fun at a craft or painting class, rent out one of their banquet rooms for your party, and then at the end of the night, make your way upstairs to your upscale room located inside the silo. The Ridge Winery in Vevay is only three minutes from the Belterra Casino Resort & Spa, so there would be plenty to do for a nice weekend getaway. What a spectacular setting for a tasting room! Located on the Scenic Byway with open decks that offer a panoramic view of the majestic Ohio River, the sunsets can be breathtaking. They'll soon have a new enclosed patio room so you can enjoy the scenery no matter what the weather is like outdoors. Quibble Hill Winery began to take shape in 2013 when Jamie and Steve Kraft started thinking about easing towards re- tirement. However, they weren't content to just sit around and be lazy. They had experimented at home with some small wine kits and enjoyed the process — and the results. Jamie's dad had passed away before he reached his 70th birthday, and one of the last pieces of advice he gave her was "Don't work for someone else until you're 65. Work for yourself if you can." They now have a cozy two-story log cab Pictured: (Lanthier Winery, from top left, clockwise) a sign welcoming guests to the winery; wine barrels surrounded by flowers near the entrance; wisteria in full bloom.

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