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?
I have never heard of anything like that either?! I wonder if it is similar to the mentality of having cheese for dessert like some countries do? Either way, I think I’ll try it! Being a wine snob is too expensive, so good for you to know what you like! hehe.
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Sounds like a fun day! I just got back from St. Catherine’s, Ontario, where wineries abound. They are known in the wine world for ice wine, made from frozen grapes containing a single drop of sweet concentrate. That sounds like quite the wine tasting experience. Although I hear a small bottle goes for $250.
Oooh, I like ice wine, but haven’t seen any that expensive, so it must be some very fancy stuff! That would be so fun to try!
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I love the idea of donating to charity:) Sounds like a very nice wine business.