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The Wine Scene: WINE NOTES / WINDOW WONDERS - by Jill A. Ditmire
posted: May 21, 2020

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Hello Random Ripplers!
I hope you are well and wearing your mask and social distancing if you're shopping for wine in stores. I know several of my neighbors have been using the DRIZLY alcohol delivery service to keep their wine racks stocked. I've been drinking from my dusty dog hair laden cellar. My "fridge friend" the past few weeks has been a tasty bottle of Hugel Pinot Gris from Alsace. I've shared it with you before and will recommend again if you desire a complex, bone dry white that won't break the budget and is very food friendly for vegan and pescatarian dishes. I love the meyer lemon, lime zest and almond notes that linger just long enough to make you smile yet finish clean and crisp. Chill and thrill!

photo courtesy of Jill A. Ditmire

*No Drizly? No worry. Walmart recently added wine pickup at several of its Indianapolis locations. Make orders on line for wine, beer and in some locations spirits.
The new service applies to customers who place their adult beverage orders at one of Indianapolis's 7 stores including
  • 7245 US 31 S
  • 3221 W 86th St
  • 10617 E Washington St
  • 7325 N Keystone Ave
  • 10735 Pendleton Pike
  • 4545 Lafayette Rd
  • 4650 S Emerson Ave
*Interesting data from Nielsen released this week and shared by Wine America, when it comes to wine sales nationwide.
The week ending May 2 was the strongest for wine sales since March 21, with increased sales of 35.8% (compared with 15.4% for normal consumer goods) over the same period in 2019. Since the March 7 beginning of Covid-fueled pantry stocking, wine sales have grown 27.5% vs. last year. The number of households buying wine has stabilized, but still remains about 15% above last year's levels.
Prices paid for wine have also gone up, apparently due to "trading up", but also fewer discount promotions from stores and less price shopping among consumers. The $20-25 category is the most popular, followed by $11-15, then $15-20.
*Vintage Indiana plans to hold a "Harvest" Wine Festival in Military Park on Saturday October 17th from Noon to 6pm.
I'm still finding and enjoying NEW local art all over town. You can see these and other store front windows in the up and coming East 10th Street arts corridor near downtown.
Installation artist extraordinaire Jamie Pawlus captures our heart and soul with her blue toned message of I MISS YOU. Emily Gabel gives us hope with her DREAM ON painting.

Jamie Pawlus window
photo courtesy of Jill A. Ditmire

Emily Gabel window
photo courtesy of Jill A. Ditmire

See these and others safely from your car or socially distanced on foot. Check out the entire line up on the Inspire 10th Street FACEBOOK page. #indykeepscreating #10eastarts

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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