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The Wine Scene: WINE SWAP / THE ART plus WINE / MONON to MASS AVE - by Jill A. Ditmire
posted: Nov. 01, 2019

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President Trump's 25% tariff on certain European goods went into effect on October 18th including wine from France (NOT Champagne though!), Spain, Germany and the UK. Wine experts predict supplies to dwindle and prices to triple. If you still want to drink like the French but pay like an American, I recommend Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc. This white wine grape flourishes in the Loire region of France and DCV grows it in Sonoma county California. Its crisp and dry with subtle notes of citrus and a clean mineral finish. Like a good French wine it's made for food. Try it with Thanksgiving turkey or holiday ham. DCV offers it in a screw cap bottle too for easy pouring and storing. C'est magnifique!

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I made it to The Storefront Theater the evening of the BRVA October Art Walk. The work of Indianapolis painter Stuart Alter energizes the walls of its spacious and modern lobby. Art and theater fans filled the comfortable space that night enjoying food, wine, and conversation. Stuart gave me the walk and talk tour of his invigorating, highly textured abstract work. He started painting nine years ago after a stint at piano playing didn't satisfy his craving for creativity. Stuart creates his large, vibrant canvases by laying them flat, then applying large swaths of acrylic paints which he swirls, blends and creates ridges and layers with a paint knife. Sometimes he adds a glossy glaze to the mix creating a unique sheen to the shapes, lines and forms that seem to twist and move on the canvas. Stuart's work is up through November.
I hope you experienced the POP UP Outdoor Sculpture show just off the Monon Trail on Saturday October 5th. It was one of the most visually and stylishly appealing shows I have seen in quite awhile. Recent Herron School of Art graduate and Stutz Artist in Residence, Kassie Woodworth, curated a collection of mixed media sculpture from a group of up-and-coming artists in the lush, wooded, backyard home of IAC instructor Marcia Stone and her husband. If you missed it, you can enjoy Kassie's contemporary, well crafted work now as it's on display in the lobby of The District Theater on Mass Avenue in downtown Indy. In this show, Kassie shredded copper gutters to weave eye catching baskets of all shapes and sizes. Visually stunning and affordably priced, her work offers a great way to not only be an observer of art, but also an owner.
More pictures and videos of these and other wine and arts adventures available on my FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM @jaditmire.

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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