Category Archives: Art of Wine

Long Lost Love Update

While planning IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine, I often found myself checking my phone- even without it ringing or buzzing.  Waiting for Mr. Right? No. Compulsive? Maybe- I was waiting hopelessly for the call from Vine & Table to provide an update on the status of my long lost love, Speight’s Gold Medal Ale.  Leading up to the call, I was daydreaming of my six pack with a bright red bow en route to America, flying first class so soon it could be enjoyed by my friends and me.

The call came at the end of the week, as promised. Unfortunately, my daydream didn’t come to fruition. Not because Vine & Table didn’t try hard enough, but because of legality.  Speight’s has yet to trademark their beer in America. The lack of a trademark along with trade regulations means that Speight’s Gold Medal Ale will not be able to be shipped to the states for a few more years. The Vine & Table staff offered to order another New Zealand specialty beer, but I have plenty of love for domestic beers and hope to create memories with my good friends at Sun King Brewery. Plus, I don’t have any qualms using the excuse ‘I need to go back to New Zealand… for the beer.’  And yes, the Speight’s Gold Medal Ale is worth a sixteen hour flight!

I can’t thank the Vine & Table staff enough for looking into the ordering and shipping of the beer. It’s not every day that you hear ‘I can order it for you,’ when talking about your favorite hard to find items, much less those from New Zealand!

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Exploring New Mediums

For the majority of my life, art was restricted to creativity within paint or crayons on paper. It wasn’t until later in my 20s that I considered art in various forms.  Street art, mosaics, recycled items and new mediums became my favorite art form.  The dimensions and different ideas displayed brought a unique energy to my outdated concept of ‘art’.  During my internship in 2009, I was able to experiment with a new medium when the interns were given the task of decorating a large Nebuchadnezzar bottle for the Art of Wine event.

Here is our finished product:

The interns' work of art, which was displayed in 2009.

Needless to say we didn’t continue our art exploration. Various other artists took a simple bottle and turned the medium into something brilliant.

Nancy Keating's award winning 2010 Nebuchadnezzar creation. I regret I did not have my camera in hand to capture her amazing 2011 Art of Wine contribution.

All decorated bottles and other wine related art were displayed throughout the District at IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine on July 16. There was no denying the heat that day, and it was wonderful to see the over 5,000 participants attend the festival. It  became very clear to me throughout planning for the event that my best ‘medium’ is logistics.  From now on out, I will stick to what I do best!

IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine was an exciting event with lots of action behind the scenes. Enjoy some photos showing off my medium- logistics!

The day before IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine. The skies are blue, the flags are up, and we are ready to go!

And it the festival begins! The tents are ready for the eight wineries to arrive and begin setting up!

And it begins! The tents are ready and waiting for the wineries at IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine!

The stage is ready for Blair Clark and his talented musicians to start grooving!

At 5:00 p.m., the festival begins and patrons enjoy unlimited tasting from the various wineries.

Team 'Lucy' and 'Ricky' compete by stomping grapes for donations for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Indiana Chapter. Thank you for all your donations!

Huber's Orchard & Winery satisfy patron's palates with a variety of their wines.

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Stomping for a Cause

As my research for IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine continues, our guest writer, Megan Marshall, shares her love of grape stomping!

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Hello! My name is Megan and I am lucky enough to be an intern again in the Carmel Arts & Design District this summer.  After helping to spread the word about fellow 2009 intern Bethany’s Arts and Design District blog, I decided I had to get a piece of internet stardom for myself. What better way to get my feet wet in the world of blogging than jumping right into the history of grape stomping in honor of our upcoming event IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine?

Believe it or not, the 1956 episode “Lucy’s Italian Movie” of I Love Lucy was NOT the first known grape stomping event, although I certainly like to credit it with the historical significance of creating a grape stomping memory for generations of Americans.  It is believed that grape stomping as a winemaking process dates back as far as 200 BC.  Grape stomping was the process used in every winemaking country to extract the juices from freshly picked grapes for wine.

However, grape stomping does not have the strongest history in United States.  Legislation was written to outlaw the practice in response to health concerns during the twentieth century.  Apparently, wine drinkers grew uncomfortable about knowing that bare feet had created the wine they were about to enjoy with family and friends.  A fair concern if you ask me! But never fear, wine stomping still maintains a strong presence at wineries and wine festivals across the U.S.

Now you may be asking, “Why the sudden lesson in the history of grape stomping?”  Well, this year for IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine, we decided to create an event with a twist by combining three things that anyone who knows me well will say I can not get enough of:

  • History
  • Giving back to the community
  • And a little friendly competition!

Be sure to check out members of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Indiana Chapter, in a dueling grape stomp competition to raise awareness and funds for their organization between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. in front of the Simple Sweet Shoppe this weekend at IU Health North Hospital Art of  Wine!

On the left, the hilarious Lucille Ball and her grape stomping partner in the 1956 I Love Lucy episode titled “Lucy’s Italian Movie”. On the right, bloggers Bethany and Megan recreate the episode in the Carmel Arts & Design District office.

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Long Lost Love

In preparation for IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine, I have been communicating with and researching each of our wineries that will be serving samples at the festival.  Vine & Table, located on Carmel Drive, grabbed my attention with their stock of wine and beer from around the world. Going to check out the selection was not an option, it was a “must do”!

I have been searching high, low, forwards, and backwards for my beloved Speight’s beer. This tasty beer is mainly produced in Dunedin, in the south island of New Zealand. This is the beer that I turned 21 with, the beer that I toured the brewery and spent this last Saint Patrick’s Day with, and the beer that I mutually love with some of my closest friends. In short, this is my beer.  And I miss it.

When I heard the famous question, “Can I help you?” at Vine & Table, I first hesitated, then asked a question that I already knew the answer to, “Um… do you have Speight’s?”  I’ve asked that question one too many times at other stores. Plus, I’d already scoured the walk-in beer cooler and filled my cart, but not with one hint of Speight’s. The man who approached me, thought about it, said no, but then responded in a way that I hadn’t anticipated, “But I can look into ordering it for you.” I almost dropped my cart, “Really?!?!”

He went on to explain how and why it was not just a faint possibility, but a real option.  I felt like a little girl who found out Toys R Us could order New Zealand Barbie. I left with essentials for my 4th of July barbecue, and with a building excitement that I would soon taste  my beer.

Vine & Table has more than just beer, as the name implies. It offers wines, liquors, cheese, and foods from all around the globe.  If you have a long lost beer, wine, cheese, or any other spirit check out Vine & Table along with the seven other wineries at  IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine on July 16th from 5pm to 10pm. The event is free, and unlimited tastings are available with a $15 cash wine glass purchase. All the specifics are available here.

The research doesn’t stop there! Leading up to the event on July 16th, I am excited to schedule an evening at Shiraz with friends, road trip to one of the participating wineries, and venture outside of my wine comfort zone while shopping or eating in the District. It is part of my job after all! However, not so secretly, I am most excited that the research brought a long lost love back to me.

I will soon update the blog with a picture of my beer love and I!

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Wine 101

I approach the subject of wine the same way I approach biology. I think it’s insanely interesting, time-consuming to learn, and nerve-racking to pronounce.  If you ask me, anyone who understands it all and can confidently order the perfect wine pairing is on track to becoming the next Albert Einstein.  While studying abroad in New Zealand, I attempted to cure all of my insecurities and reach the next level of enlightenment by taking a wine course, but was turned down because I wasn’t enrolled in the ‘Masters Wine Program’. Go figure.

Over the years I have attended wine tastings and gatherings enough to know what I like and need to avoid.  I do know that I love wine, and that I have many wonderful memories with friends and family associated with various kinds of wine.   On Saturday July 16th, the Carmel Arts & Design District will create another wonderful wine memory with the IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine.

Local wine establishments will be providing tastings to event participants 21 years of age or older, and with the fifteen dollar purchase of a glass, you receive unlimited tastings.  You can look forward to offerings from Best Vineyards Winery, Buck Creek Winery, Carousel Winery, Easley Winery, Huber’s Orchard & Winery, Madison Country Winery, Mallow Run Winery, and Vine & Table.

Although it’s not a master’s course, the wineries will be happy to answer questions and suggest pairings with their wine. Many will have bottles and glasses of wine available for purchase, along with the promise that they will never laugh if you mispronounce Amontillado, Beaujolais, or Chateauneuf-du-Pape!

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True Confessions

True confession: I was asked not to participate in 4th grade choir. In fact, I was asked not to even try to be in the choir. My parents thought that I would grow out of my ‘awful singing phase’. However, I took to singing in my car, in the shower and unfortunately for my friends… on karaoke stages. As many of my past and present roommates can tell you, it’s not just a ‘phase’.

On Saturday, June 11th, I was shocked and quite envious of the talent on the Arts & Design District stage. The fans, Carmel Marathon participants and I were serenaded by the sweet sounds of Midwest Voice Studio’s students from 1-2 p.m. Some of the students were in grade school and others had won beauty pageants, but they all had me wishing I could carry a tune only half as well as they could.

Midwest School of Voice is new to the District, but the talented duo who founded the studio are not strangers. Blair Clark and Heather Ramsey both have performed for a variety of Carmel’s signature events.  Likewise, they are not strangers to the music business, having worked with music legends and played venues throughout the United States and Europe.

Heather and Blair are now transferring their knowledge to various students young and old looking to perfect their singing abilities. Fortunately, they haven’t sidelined their concerts and are still actively performing. Come enjoy their performances at IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine on Saturday, July 16th.

Since my ‘awful singing phase’ was less of a phase and more of a, shall we say, lifestyle, I choose to sing “Do Re Mi” from Sound of Music in the privacy of my own home. Though secretly, I wish I was one of Blair and Heather’s students so they could take me to the next level!

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