Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Sarah (Pine) Verpooten
Feb03

Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Sarah (Pine) Verpooten

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne were? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city.  In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. This week, I’m pleased to introduce you to our Living Fort Wayne social media guru, Sarah Pine! What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? My role within Living Fort Wayne is to take the articles written by all our amazing LFW writers and get them out to the people through our Social Media outlets. I have been a part of the Living Fort Wayne Team since the very beginning. I was approached by the pioneers of the site, Mike King and Matt Graves, to help them with the initial steps of getting the site up and going. LivingFortWayne.com is such a fun community-based site that really gives readers an intimate glimpse into this amazing city we call home. Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc). I am not originally from Fort Wayne but after being here for four years I am now a proud homeowner which officially makes me feel like a Fort Wayne resident! I live there with my fiancé Curtis and our dog Shelby, and we are in the midst of planning our wedding for June of this year! If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why? I’m not exactly a world traveler so I don’t know if there is anywhere outside of the United States where I’d want to live. Plenty of places I’d like to visit, but not live. I would love to live in Nashville, TN if I didn’t live in Fort Wayne. I love everything that city has to offer and the people are genuinely nice. If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one ‘can’t miss’ thing you would show them or do with them in FW? I am all about a chill night that involves going out and getting some drinks with friends. I would take my friend to either JK O’Donnell’s or Deer Park which are two of my favorite local pubs. If it were during the summer I would also consider taking my friend to Two EE’s or...

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Living Fort Wayne Beer and Wine Tour: Country Heritage Winery
Jul18

Living Fort Wayne Beer and Wine Tour: Country Heritage Winery

This is the fourth stop in the Living Fort Wayne Beer and Wine Tour. Every month we will be featuring a different local brewery or winery from our region. Today, Ryan Krueckeberg shares his experience at the LaOtto winery, Country Heritage. I honestly wasn’t aware that LaOtto was a thing until I typed Country Heritage into my GPS. Just north of Fort Wayne on SR 3, Country Heritage sits amid a thriving vineyard in the middle of what I would call BFE. But I’m a downtown guy – I consider anything I can’t ride my bike to BFE. I’ve passed the place several times on my way back and forth from Kendallville, and even stopped once or twice for a bottle of red wine, but never had I taken the time to enjoy the rustic setting. Inside I was greeted with rich natural wood and warm tones. Racks of wine bottles lined the walls topped with ribbons from various wine competitions. Various wine paraphernalia was displayed for sale  in racks made of wooden crates. A cooler in the back proudly displayed cheeses and meats next to a glass-topped display with various flavors of fudge. I was honestly a little overwhelmed at first, but I just did what I do best, I headed straight for the bar. At the tasting counter I was greeted by a friendly young lady who offered up free tastings. We were given four choices from a pretty extensive list and had a fifth seasonal special called Summer Splash given to us for free. I consider myself a wine snob because I know what I like but I am by far no connoisseur. I prefer dry, aromatic wines, (most often red) but you won’t find me passing up a crisp Sauvignon Blanc on a warm summer day. I was pleased by the selection on the list, I went in expecting to dodge a bunch of semi-sweet and dessert wines but the selection of dry and semi-dry was impressive. The tasting experience went well, however it was a little slow due to the volume of people in there at the time. The service was friendly and very knowledgeable. My favorite by far was the Blueberry Merlot. Now I know some of you out there prefer the sweeter side of things, so I did bring along a couple of friends who swing that way. They tasted several sweets and semi sweets and I tasked them with picking their favorite. After much debate and a near brawl, they both settled on the Peach as their favorite, with the Honey Mead just behind it. While the setting isn’t my style and country music isn’t my thing (I’m...

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