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super bowl wine trail

It’s Super Bowl Week on grapefriend!!! As I blaze huge trails in making wine a more acceptable accompaniment to football, I have to point out that this year’s Superbowl city is on my side. They have an Indy Wine Trail (whose logo is seemingly a relative of my own) with 7 wineries on the map: Buck Creek, Easley, New Day, Chateau Thomas, Mallow Run, Simmons and Cedar Creek Winery. You can even get a Trail Passport, and if you go to all 7 wineries you get a free gift – I am SURE that gift is either Super Bowl tickets or dinner with Peyton.

Here’s something else you probably didn’t know: Indiana has a state wine grape! It’s Traminette, which I’d never heard of before, but the story is actually pretty interesting. Developed by Cornell University’s Grape Breeding Program in 1996, it’s a hybrid of Gewürztraminer and some French American hybrid Joannes Seyve 23-416 and then was adapted to the Midwest’s climate and soils.

According to the website, it has “elegant floral and fruity aromas reminiscent of rose petals, apricots, peaches, passion fruit and pear” and most of the wineries who make it say it’s very spicy fruit. TOT recommends it for people who like Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Grüner Veltliner or Sauvignon Blanc – hmmm, that’s a pretty broad range. I guess the commonality would be that they all have a good deal of acidity, aside from Gewürz. So basically, they’re all just not oaky Chardonnays, which TOT cites as a benefit (and I agree).

Only 4 out of the 7 wineries on the Indy Wine Trail make a Traminette (Buck Creek, Easley, Mallow Run and Simmons), so if you’re in Indy cheering on Peyton’s brother check one out and let me know what you think.

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