The Indiana Wine Fair
The Indiana Wine Fair is the largest event featuring Indiana wines. For each of the past ten years, Indiana's vintners have descended upon the little town of Story, Indiana, on the last Saturday of April to dole out one-ounce pours of their finest rieslings, malbecs and cabernets to an appreciative audience. This year, admission into the festival area will be limited to persons at least 21 years of age. The price is $30 at the gate if you intend to imbibe ($10 if you are a designated driver). Each guest partaking in wine will receive a Story Inn keepsake wine glass.
The Story Inn
The Story Inn and the town of Story, Indiana, are one and the same. The town was founded with the grant of a land patent from President Millard Fillmore to Dr. George Story in 1851. In its early days, Story was a logging community, and as the old growth forest began to disappear, the residents took up farming. Today, the town looks much as it did in the late 19th century. The old General Store building, which sits at the core of this little town, is now one of Indiana's most celebrated restaurants. The cottages clustered about town have been converted into overnight accommodations, as well as facilities for weddings and special events. The Story Inn is one of Indiana's true historic treasures.
Wine Judging Thursday, April 24.
On Thursday, April 24, six distinguished judges, anointed and empowered by Dr. Allen Dale ("Ole") Olson a/k/a the "Pontiff of Palate", will convene in the Old Mill building to conduct a blind tasting of upwards of 200 wines. It will be their delicious task to select the Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists in each of the following six categories: "Dry Red", "Dry White", "Sweet Red", "Sweet White", "Dessert", and "Non-Grape/Non-Traditional". We'll be announcing the medalists that evening, on this website and at www.storyinn.com. The wine which obtains the highest cumulative point total (regardless of category) will receive an additional award, the "Best of Show", and will have bragging rights to being the best wine produced in the Hoosier state. We'll be awarding another Gold, regardless of category, to the highest point wine if the fruit is Indiana grown. Thus, theoretically, it is possible for one wine to clinch three gold medals.
The Pontiff, who is infallible in such matters, will be on hand to break any ties.
Other Wine Events
For twelve years, the Story Inn has been hosting monthly wine dinners. These events typically feature a grape, winery, region or special event (i.e., the release of Beaujolais Nouveau), and is a means by which we build our venerable wine list. Each wine is expertly paired with food, much of it locally sourced or harvested. Seating at these events is limited to 30 pesons, by resevation only. Visit www.storyinn.com for more details and to book your table or room.