Since we’ve already reviewed my love for a good glass of wine (Reminder: Indianapolis Wine Festival is soon! Enter to win tickets on my Instagram!), we can skip right to the fact that I visited Peace Water Winery in Carmel, IN a couple weeks ago.
And this is what it was like:
First of all, cute backstory. Adorable family with eight children decided to buy/open/borrow? a winery from California, create a private label, and open a tasting room in Indiana. They now run around delivering wine orders in a vintage VW van and giving away the majority of their profits to a variety of charities (after you purchase a bottle, you can pick where you want to the money to go). So, that’s cool.
Inside the tasting room? Very warm. Modern, clean, and uncluttered. We went on a Saturday and it was pretty quiet. You can buy wine by the glass and sit inside by a fireplace or outside on the patio. Or you can host parties there. That’s cool too.
So, my sister and I had a tasting. And here’s where the weird part comes: our server presented the wines starting with sweet/bubbly and moving to dark/red ON PURPOSE! I told her that I had never seen that before because you always go from red to white, from dark to light, and from sour to sweet, but she said “NO!” and provided some weird explanation. This seemed incredibly odd to me. I’ve gone to many tastings, visited many wine festivals, and even traveled to Napa, and I have NEVER heard of this. So, either she is way confused or starting a new trend, but it threw me for a loop.
So, the wines? Very dry. And more expensive than my favorite wine store. I didn’t really have a favorite and I left without buying a bottle. I get that profits go to charity, but I might prefer a $15 bottle instead of $35 so I can make my own personal donation. I know, I know, I am not a wine snob yet.
Verdict? Cute afternoon spot for a one-time visit or date night, but I don’t really see myself returning.
Anyone else checked it out?