Don’t dismiss the Indy International as just any competition. The organizers bill the competition as ‘the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States. Judges come from across the county and all wines are tasted blind. This year more than 2,500 wines were entered from 35 states and 15 countries.
"It all starts with agriculture — growing top quality grapes lead to award winning wines,” Huber said. “Southern Indiana has proven this many times with our ability to produce world class wines."
Hubers won double gold, the highest honor before the top wines are chosen, for Vignoles, Starlight White, Chamourcin, and Raspberry wines. They won gold medals for six other wines, silver for nine wines.
Several Michigan and Illinois wineries also took home medals. (See: www.indyinternational.org)
Huber’s Vignoles ($14.99) represents a movement among several Indiana winemakers to reduce residual sugar while maintaining the fresh fruit qualities of their wines. The Vignoles is an outstanding summer sipper but would also be good with creamy cheeses or salty meats like prosciutto.
Howard W. Hewitt, Crawfordsville, Ind., writes every other week for 23 Midwestern newspapers. Read his wine blog at: www.howardhewitt.net.