Introducing Oliver Winery’s New Oliver Vine series

The intention of this blog was to always discuss all kinds of local alcohol. Being a beer guy myself this has been most of my focus while Ginny has covered wine, liquor, and beer. I made it my goal of 2014 to learn as much as I could about wine. As of January 1st, 2014 I knew extremely little. I can safely say that I now know a slight bit more. I’ve read two books on the subject and am trying to finish a 3rd but keep getting distracted.

It was into this situation that I received an email from Oliver Winery about their new series of wines and wanting to send me samples. I know well that you can’t learn about alcohol without drinking it and trying as many styles as possible so I happily accepted their offer, which included an interview with Oliver Winery president Bill Oliver. Continue on after the jump to learn more about Oliver Winery and their new Vine series.

Oliver Winery Vine

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A Night of California Wines at Final Cut Steakhouse (Hollywood Casino)

[Participation in the event reviewed below was provided to me free of charge. Samples of any  other gifts have no effect on any review written by me, except that I WILL review what is provided to me. – J]

The good folks at  Final Cut Steakhouse and the Hollywood Casino (Lawrenceburg, IN) were kind enough to host me as their guest for a California wine dinner hosted by Gallo Family last Thursday. I was intrigued for several reasons.

The first and foremost is that my wife and I desperately needed a date night. As those of you with children may know or remember, you don’t get too many romantic nights out when you have an infant daughter (bless her heart). In the immortal words of Donna from Parks and Recreation, sometimes you have to Treat Yo Self. The other (perhaps more legitimate reason) is that while I enjoy wine and drink it relatively often, I know next to nothing about it. I know I like red and don’t like white(though this will be proven incorrect later), I know I largely find bottles I like and stick with those, and I know I often pick bottles based on label art. I needed a primer and a five-course dinner paired with different wines seemed just like what I needed.

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