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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Living Fort Wayne Beer and Wine Tour: Two EEs Winery
May17

Living Fort Wayne Beer and Wine Tour: Two EEs Winery

Welcome to the first 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. I will be making stops at several nearby wineries while Jake Pickett will be covering our local breweries. This series stems from our love of local, our love of craft, and our love of beer and wine. Our first stop on the Beer and Wine Tour is at Two EE’s Winery in Roanoke, Indiana. Just off of Highway 24, a visit to Two EE’s is more than worth the short drive. The outside of the building makes a great first impression. The attention to design is evident in the building’s facade and it continues through to the interior. Clean lines and modern design gives the tasting room a sort of clinical feel of cleanliness, but it’s the attention to the details that welcomes you inside. The design is all part of a vision crafted by Emily and Eric, the winery’s two very talented owners. At the tasting bar you are presented with a wine list offering red, white, fruit, and dessert wines. Each wine is accompanied by a short list of notes that can be found in each taste. After selecting six of the options, the fun begins. The staff behind the bar (in this case one of the owner’s father) was knowledgeable and very friendly. He made conversation while he poured, talking about the wines, the process, and asking us about ourselves. As I tasted I scribbled notes on each, whether it was too dry, too sweet, or if the taste just didn’t agree with my palate. I had all intentions to leave with a bottle in hand and I wanted the right one. My favorite by far was the Tannat, described as dry, blackberry jam, cigar box, and quince. I am a sucker for dry red wine, and this one hit all the right spots. After our tastings we each ordered a glass to enjoy, and as we did, we took a look around.  The walls are lined with wine racks stocked full with Two EEs bottles. On various shelves a variety of wine accessories can be found, from gift bags to wineglass charms. They even had wine wipes to clean the red wine stain from your teeth or lips. Out the side door we saw the patio overlooking their vineyard. We were told that they had plans for expanding the patio, including a stage for bands to play during their Fridays Uncorked event series. Since it was a rainy spring day on our visit we didn’t get to enjoy the patio, however I’ve enjoyed it before...

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