Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v16n10)
The Wine Scene - by Jill A. Ditmire
posted: May 10, 2019
My Warfleigh Wino neighbors and I have been "porching" for decades. For us it's not a seasonal thing. We gather inside and out year round to celebrate our friendship.
These days "porching" has become a fancy term for getting back into the social swing of things after a winter of indoor hibernation by gathering with friends and neighbors on your porch, deck or yard. "Porching" is also finding popularity as another way to celebrate the month of May in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Harrison Center for the Arts have joined forces to encourage residents who live on 16th street on the east side of town, to decorate their porches to celebrate the big race on 16th street on the west side of town. Residents can win prizes, share photos and get tips on hosting 500 themed porch parties at ims.com/500forward
image courtesy of Jill A. Ditmire
Residents in old town Carmel have their own Porchfest in late summer. It's a day where a handful of homes offer up their porches as stages for local musicians. The public walks from house to house listening to tunes and imbibing in food and beverages from food trucks.
Beverages are an important part of a porch party. You want something simple, affordable and fun. Round Barn Winery in Michigan has a Weekend Wine Series that seems as if it was created specifically for porching. The wines are slightly sweet, very fresh, and affordable. Chill em and swill em!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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