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Hoosier wineries offer array of options for holiday wines

With over a hundred wineries throughout Indiana, Hoosiers should think locally when selecting their wines for Thanksgiving spreads. Jill Blume, enology specialist and a member of the Purdue Wine and Grape Team, said wineries have become so ubiquitous throughout the state that picking up a wine from a local winery is hassle-free.

“At this point, there are around 100 wineries in Indiana, so most people should be able to find one about a half hour from their home,” Blume said.

Additionally, many wineries produce limited-edition wines to be enjoyed around the holidays. This month, for example, Huber’s Winery is highlighting its Traminette wine as its light, fruity flavor pairs well with turkey and other Thanksgiving staples. The winery, based in Starlight, also releases a Christmas white wine, which boasts notes of peach, apple and citrus. Many other wineries around the state release holiday-themed wines, as well.

Around the holidays, Blume recommended sparkling wines from your regional Hoosier winery.

“Sparkling wines make an occasion feel more festive,” Blume said. “I know there are a lot of great sparkling wines from Indiana wineries, like sparkling Catawba and sparkling Vignoles. There are even sparkling fruit wines that are really nice for folks not accustomed to drinking wine for the holidays.”

Blume suggested red wine with meats and lighter rosés and whites with side dishes from cranberry salad to pumpkin pie. Rosés are versatile wines, Blume continued, that do well with most any meal. Blume’s most important rule about holiday wine pairings?

“Drink what you like and try new things,” she said.

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