Tastes like success


Three wines from the little winery that sits near the top of Houston Hill in far northwestern Jackson County recently picked up bronze medals in the state’s largest wine competition.

This year’s winners from Salt Creek Winery in the Indy International Wine Competition at West Lafayette included its 2014 American Blush Rose, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2013 Symphony, a white viniera (classic white).

The American Blush Rose is a semi-sweet wine made from a blend of grapes. It’s described as a perfect complement to lighter dishes, white meat, shellfish or Mexican food.

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The Cabernet Sauvignon is aged with French and American oak and has hints of blackcurrant, plum and licorice, making it an ideal wine for pairing with red meat, lamb, red pasta dishes and dark chocolate.

The Symphony is described as a light, crisp, dry white wine made with the winemaker’s choice of grapes.

The winery was established by Adrian and Nichole Lee in 2010 at 7603 W. County Road 925N, Freetown.

Nichole Lee said the three bronze medals mean nine of the winery’s 15 wines have captured medals in the competition, which has seen more than 36,400 gold, silver and bronze medalists awarded since it began in 1999.

Salt Creek’s 2013 Catewba is the winery’s biggest winner, capturing silver medals in 2013 and 2014. That brings the winery’s total medal count to 10.

There were 1,823 medalists in this year’s event, conducted July 29 through 31. This year’s competition featured nearly 2,100 wines from 40 states and 12 countries.

Indiana wineries won 316 medals — 31 double gold, 45 gold, 158 silver and 82 bronze — this year.

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