10 Years to Celebrate Wine at Wildcat Creek Winery

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Rain or shine, Wildcat Creek Winery is the place to go for a glass of wine or afternoon out with friends. The family-run winery proves perfect for a quick stop on your way through Lafayette or long day off.

A few minutes off Interstate 65 in Lafayette, this hidden gem is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. Its advertisements mentioning a “friendly and welcoming Hoosier farmhouse appeal” couldn’t be more true as you are instantly greeted and invited in to sample wine with names like “Prophet’s Rock” or “Aunt Millie’s” (named after owner Kathy Black’s own grandmother).

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History

Ten years ago, the owners, Kathy and Rick Black, retired and opened the winery out of their beautiful 1900s home. Every day, with the exception of Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving, they offer tastings, winery tours, and a beautiful area to relax and enjoy a glass of award-winning wine. Over the years, the owners have seen and facilitated numerous occasions including marriage proposals, bachelorette parties, and seasonal wine releases.

As a growing attraction for locals and tourists, Wildcat Creek Winery uses its influence to support the community in everything they do.  They utilize Midwestern grapes and juices and support the area by selling locally produced goods in its gift shop, located inside with the tasting room.  They also partner with nearby organizations such as Lafayette Transitional Housing for fundraisers and giving back to the area.

Wine

Because it is such a small operation it is easy to imagine a quaint family run farm, but the quality of the wine is as spectacular as the location. They’ve won many awards (including 2012 Indiana Wine of the Year) and accolades from all over.  With a list of 13 wine varieties, it may be hard to pick, but they are well known for their semi-sweet Steuben and semi-dry Chambourcin.

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Tours and Tastings

Fortunately, for us non-wine experts, they are happy to explain and show how the wine is made and walk you through its history and quality.  If you’re lucky, they’ll even recommend a few of their personal favorites out of the dozen or so varietals they create with a food pairing.

Inside features an extensive gift shop and tasting room where they hold wine tastings and sell their wine along with local products. Each tasting is done with one of Wildcat Creek Winery’s trained employees, who are able to make recommendations and add snack pairings with the wines you chose.

Upon request, tours of the area explore the tasting area, outdoor gardens, winemaking, and bottling areas, as you learn how each area contributes to the winemaking process and makes the winery great. After a brief half hour tour to get a better understanding of what Wildcat Creek Winery is, guests relax at tables lining the backyard with a glass of Wildcat Creek wine.

While we might not think of Indiana as a top spot for wineries, Wildcat Creek proves us wrong with a warm atmosphere, beautiful location, and delicious wines. A visit to Wildcat Creek is more than a stop of the interstate with wine tastings, gift shop, sitting areas, and tours.

For more information about this or other events in our area, visit HomeofPurdue.com

This blog was written by Purdue University Student, Margaret Cooper.

Weekend Update: Wine & Cheese and Wolf Park Easter Egg Hunt!

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Wildcat Creek Winery offers the latest in their “Perfectly Paired” series – this time, Perfectly Paired: Wine & Cheese! This classic combination is sure to wow the tastebuds. This Friday,

March 23rd, grab your tickets to this private event — offering a tasting of 5 wines, paired with a wide variety of local cheeses, including Fair Oaks Farms and Heritage Ridge Creamery. If you’re over 21, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this. For more information about how to tickets, pricing, and other questions, please visit their website! Tickets must be purchased in advance (either in person or overthe phone).

 

Easter comes early to Wolf Park! This Saturday, help the wolves and other animals of Wolf Park celebrate the holiday with their very own Easter Egg Hunt! Special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself! Starting at 2pm, help the Easter Bunny to hide special treats for the wolves (marshmallow peeps, eggs, sausage, cheese and more). Following this at 2:30pm is a guided tour of the entire park. Explore and learn all about the animals and programs that the park has to offer. Finally, at 3:30pm, kids ages zero to 15 will have their very own egg and candy hunt! Learn more about the event and about Wolf Park itself here.


For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Be Mine – Valentine’s 2017

Purdue Jazz Band

Purdue Jazz Band

Valentine’s Day is almost here!! If you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway there is still time to book your travel! Or if you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by, check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Heart of Art, February 10th – This is special evening has become the most important annual fund-raising event for the Art Museum. Get your tickets early as it sells out quickly! Their annual Heart of Art wine dinner event will celebrate Valentine’s Day with six fine wines from Carroll Wine and Spirits. Each wine will be paired with gourmet small plates, selected and prepared by the manager and the head chef at the Lafayette Country Club. A silent auction of fine art, wines, and special events and tours begins with a walk-around reception in the Ball Room. Guests will then be seated in the dining rooms, where the wines are poured and dinner plates served. At each new pouring, three items will be auctioned, live, by auctioneer, Dan Baker. Tickets cost $125 per person.
  • An Evening of Romance at Marriott Hall, February 11th – Celebrating a partnership with Purdue Hospitality & Tourism Management, this annual event will include dancing to live music performed by the Purdue Jazz Band. This cabaret-style event, which celebrates Valentine’s Day, recreates the atmosphere of big band dance clubs of the 1940’s – where couples came to enjoy music, dancing, food, and each other’s company.
  • Lafayette Chamber Singers Present: Valentine’s Afternoon Delight, February 12 – Savor mouthwatering sweets and the poetry and music of love as the Lafayette Chamber Singers explore the delicate, whimsical and dramatic moods of love through the centuries through the bubbly mix of classical and pop melodies. Singing starts at 3pm!

  • Wildcat Creek Winery: Galentine’s Day, February 13 – Gather your gal pals and come out for a fun evening pairing Wildcat Creek Wines with Wolf’s Fine Chocolates! The event includes the following: a tasting of 6 wines paired with 6 chocolate, an exclusively designed box of Wolf’s Fine Chocolates and 20% discount on items in the retail shop.

  • Sweet On Art, February 14 – A celebration of art, music, and delicious food at Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art. Guests will enjoy a glass of wine, entrees, light hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts and chocolate while strolling through the Museum. Live jazz music by Danny Weiss. Admission Fee: $25
  • PMO Singing Valentines, February 14 – This Valentine’s Day, melt the heart of the one you love with a Singing Valentine delivered by the students of Purdue Musical Organizations! Singing Valentines are $30 and include a song, rose, cookie and personalized card. Orders begin Wednesday, January 25 and must be placed by 5pm on Thursday February 9th. Singing Valentines are preformed 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on February 14, 2017.

    Wildcat Creek Winery

    Wildcat Creek Winery

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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National Cheese Lovers Day!

Cellar 422 cheeseboardForget all the holidays you think you love. No, today is the best holiday of them all! National Cheese Lovers Day! Cheese lovers, we all can rejoice in this glorious day. Forget the 2017 dieting resolutions. Today we all can indulge in our favorite food, CHEESE!

This is a holiday that must be celebrated to its fullest. A great place in the Lafayette area to do so is at Cellar 422. This wine bar is the perfect place to compliment cheese. And lets face it, who doesn’t love wine and cheese? You just can’t go wrong.

Cellar 422 is one of the more recent additions to our thriving downtown area. This wine bar was opened by two sisters who have a passion for wine and a passion for sharing their love with others. The wine bar has a collection of different wines that you won’t be able to find at the local liquor store. They also have a great selection of Indiana crafted beers.

cellar-422-2016The menu served at Cellar 422 is one that will fill your cheese cravings! As a cheese lover, you can’t go wrong with the Cheese Board. There is always a different selection of cheese along with some yummy extras like fruit, crackers and jams. The warm Brie, served with bread, fruit and two different jams, has to be my favorite. Warm, melty cheese satisfies my cheese passion any day!

Check out Cellar 422 downtown Lafayette and cheers to National Cheese Lovers Day! For more information about other delicious restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Specialty Hand Crafted Indiana Brews & Wines

Wildcat Winery

Wildcat Winery

Specialty Hand Crafted Indiana Brews & Wines; Good Local Owners; One Great Brewing & Winery Destination!  Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 2 local breweries, Lafayette Brewing Company and People’s Brewing Company and one winery, Wildcat Creek Winery.  Come and spend the day enjoying a taste of Indiana brewed beer and wine at these three fun locations.

Lafayette Brew Co.

Lafayette Brew Co.

Located in a historic, turn-of-the-century building at 622 Main Street, the Lafayette Brewing Company has been serving fresh, handcrafted ales brewed in the Old World tradition since 1993.  Lafayette Brewing Co. ales are produced from only the finest malted barley, generous amounts of fresh hops, water and specially selected ale yeasts. The end result is a wide selection of unfiltered, unpasteurized ales in a variety of classic beer styles.  Lafayette Brewing Co. award-winning ales can be enjoyed at the peak of freshness directly from the serving tanks and make the perfect complement to the tasty pub fare in their restaurant.  Local entertainment including live music and comedic acts take place all year long offering visitors a true local experience.

People’s Brewing Company is a hidden gem in Lafayette-West Lafayette. Guests pull up to what is an old loading dock, and within its space is a fun, relaxed bar where locals and visitors enjoy a fresh brew while sharing their day’s stories.  People’s offers free tours Wednesday through Friday by appointment and Saturday and Sunday every half hour.  Taste a “sample set” of their diverse selection of beers for an overall flavor of the types of beer they brew.  People’s has also expanded their space and added an additional room for visitors to enjoy. If you can’t make it to the local tasting room, try one of their beers on tap at some of our local restaurants; Chumley’s, Black Sparrow, Bistro 501, Spurlocks and many more.

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Wildcat Winery Pix 2009.10JPGWhat is better than enjoying a glass of wine? Nothing!  Well, there may be one thing that is better; sampling multiple wines!  Local winery, Wildcat Creek Winery, offers rich, piercing wines that are available for tasting and purchasing.  When visitors arrive, they are welcomed through the beauty of the outdoor space. Luscious flowers, deep green grass, and a cute small home recreated into a winery greet you. It is almost as if one can smell the wine outside. Once guests arrive within the winery, they are welcomed by the workers to taste their locally made wines in the tasting room that hosts a large wood bar and brick fireplace. Their wines range from medium bodied reds to semi-dry, full-bodied wines. A local favorite, Lafayette Blush, is a wine that is light and fruity and perfect in the spring and summer to refresh the senses. Visitors are welcome to purchase a glass to enjoy outside in their comfortable lounge chairs overlooking the meadow and woods.  Wine tasting is a fun adventure, so do not miss this winery on your next visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette.

For more information about these specialty breweries and winery visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Weekend Update: International Breast Cancer & Nutrition Barnyard Bash and Fifth Anniversary of Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of Wildcat Creek Winery on Saturday, September 27! The winery will be releasing their newest wine, Harvest Cranberry. See exhibits and demonstrations by local artists: Ron Burgess, Mary Thomas Firestone, Deb Achgill, & Linda Elmore. Enjoy jazz by Steve Robinett Hot Three. Buy a bottle of wine, Fair Oaks cheese and crackers and enjoy an afternoon of relaxation overlooking their pretty prairie.

10384335_948118948546960_6781324216324070590_nTractor/wagon rides, face-painting, children and family games, apple cider making, hedge apple bowling, a bounce house, a food truck, an obstacle course, hiking; where can you find all of this and more?? At the 3rd Annual International Breast Cancer & Nutrition Barnyard Bash on September 28 at Wea Creek Orchard!!Not only will there be fun activities, but visitors can enjoy performances by The Tommy Sors Band and the Harrison High School Jazz Choir.
Be entertained by cooking demonstrations by Chef Rosa of Adelino’s Old World Kitchen and a special performance from the Purdue Golduster Dance Team. Best of all, the EMT Food Truck will be serving their amazing sandwiches and sides. Their Triple M sandwich is loaded with creamy Muenster, sharp cheddar spread and homemade mac n’ cheese between savory, crispy waffles- this is a must-have!

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For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Enjoy the Rich, Bold Flavors of Wildcat Creek Winery!

Wildcat Winery Pix 2009.10JPGWine! What comes to mind when you think of wine? Do you recall the fresh scent of floral flavors that make your senses come alive? Do you simply think of a beverage you enjoy at the end of the day to unwind and savor the flavor? Or maybe you remember family trips spent wine tasting at different wineries and sharing your views and thoughts about the diverse selection of wines. Lafayette, Indiana is home to one local winery, Wildcat Creek Winery, which offers a flavor for everyone. Whether you prefer dry, sweet, semisweet, fruit wines, or otherwise, we are sure you’ll find something you will want to try.

My husband and I love visiting Wildcat Creek Winery! Upon arriving, we are welcomed through the beauty of the outdoor space.  Luscious flowers, deep green grass, and a cute small home re-purposed into a winery greet us.  It is almost as if one can smell the wine outside.  (I know, that may sound odd, but it is a peaceful place).  Once we arrive within the winery, we are always welcomed by the workers ready to provide us a free tasting of their locally made wines. The tasting room hosts a large wood bar and brick fireplace and please note the tastings are free! Their wines range from medium bodied reds to semi-dry, full-bodied wines.  My personal favorite is their Lafayette Blush, a wine that is light and fruity, perfect in the spring and summer to refresh the senses.  I always get a glass to enjoy outside in their comfortable lounge chairs overlooking the meadow and woods.

Check out these photos of Wildcat Creek Winery. They showcase the beauty of the surroundings. Unfortunately, photos will not showcase the wonderful taste of their wine.  You will have to plan a visit to this winery to enjoy the rich, bold flavors!

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For more information about Wildcat Creek Winery and other great attractions in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Wines on the Wabash & TAP for TAP Craft Brew Fest

TAP at TAF

TAP at TAF

Weekend Update! Wine & beer tasting – what could be more fun! If you are looking for an awesome Indiana weekend getaway or you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by, make sure you check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

On Friday, April 4, taste and savor wine at the Wines on the Wabash.  This memorable evening of fine wine tasting, stimulating conversation and entertaining festivities is taking place at the Purdue Memorial Union from 7-10pm. This year will showcase a prestigious selection of international and Indiana vintages. Over 200 wines, micro brew and imported beer tastings, raffle prizes, diamond chance, hors d’oeuvres and souvenir wine glass; it will be a night you won’t forget. Cost is $45 per person. Proceeds benefit programs at Wabash Center serving people with disabilities and special needs.

TAP at TAF

TAP at TAF

The weekend is stock full of tasting fun! Don’t miss The Tippecanoe Arts Federation’s premiere new event, TAP for TAF Craft Brew Fest, highlighting the growing interest in craft beers and craft or microbreweries. This Saturday, April 5, at the county parking garage located on Second Street between Columbia and South…top floor, learn about craft breweries while tasting beer that is associated by consumers with innovation and uniqueness. TAP is an annual event that brings together select Indiana breweries that are producing the finest in craft beer. Individuals attending learn to develop a palette for tasting, food parings and techniques for brewing. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet the brewers from each participating brewery and learn specific aspects of what inspired each brew.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com