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Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v04n07)
The Wine Scene - by Jill A. Ditmire
posted: Apr. 06, 2007

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In my bin...
God love my recycling guys. Each week they never know just how crowded the container will be, yet they always dump the contents - most of which is wine bottles. And the Thursday after St. Patty's day it was teeming - thanks to a happy group of Warfleigh leprechauns. We drank wines from everywhere BUT Ireland on the 17th, but nobody seemed to care. What was in the glass and on the plate (these Leprechauns can cook!) enhanced the fun and thirst of the evening.
Thus the loaded bin.

in the bin...
Here are a few of the highlight wines of that night.
  • 2005 Gainey Vineyards Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, CA- rich, ripe aromas and flavors of tropical fruit.
  • 2006 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc, Chile - Zingy, tangy fresh aromas and flavors of grapefruit and melon. Leprechaun Doug added some green food color to the screw cap topped bottle so we DID have some green wine. No green beer though.
  • 1999 Domus Aurea, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile - supple juicy red with aromas and flavors of cherry, chocolate and eucalyptus.
  • 2003 Vincent Arroyo Mélange Reserve, Napa Valley - delicious, balanced blend of red grapes made this bottle one of the first to be emptied.
  • 2004 Dry Creek Vineyards, Old Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma - big, bold, rich, silky aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, spice. Mmmm good!

vino and volunteers...
The Broad Ripple Farmers' Market wanted to sell wine last year. The vendor committee even had a paid check from a new and fresh local winery. But the market is on school property so no go. Drats.
It's still on school property this year - behind Broad Ripple High School - and opens May 26, 2007, so stock your cellar and get ready for a plethora of fresh product.
In the meantime the vendors are operating a booth at the Broad Ripple Art Fair on May 19 and 20, 2007.
If you have a few free hours and want to volunteer to hand out information about one of the city's best farmers' markets, please contact the Broad Ripple Village Association at 251-BRVA or

Jill A. Ditmire is an Omnimedia wine specialist, AWS certified wine judge, freelance broadcast journalist and 20+ year home owner in the Warfleigh neighborhood of Broad Ripple. Send your questions and comments to Jill at
Also on INSTAGRAM @jaditmire
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