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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 1:00 am

Hartland named top Indiana winery

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Hartland Winery of Ashley was named Indiana Winery of the Year at the 2018 Indy International Wine Competition.

Area wineries Country Heritage, Satek and Two EE's also received top honors.

The competition, which took place recently at Purdue University in West Lafayette, received nearly 2,000 entries from around the world.

Indiana's wine industry has been growing rapidly in the past decade, a fact reflected by the performance of Hoosier wines and wineries in this year's Indy International, says Alan Lockhart, owner of Hartland Winery, which is on DeKalb County Road 23.

“For the state of Indiana this is major kudos, and for me personally this is a confirmation from our peers that we're doing well, that we're part of the group of professionals striving to make Indiana a wine destination,” he says.

Hartland also received best-in-class honors for its 2017 Brianna Lakeside White and its 2016 Red Hybrid Blend Chalet Reserve. It took home two double gold awards, two gold awards, two silver awards and one bronze.

Two EE's Winery in Huntington was recognized with three trophies: dessert wine of the year for its 2016 Ice Wine (Vidal Blanc), Indiana wine of the year for its 2017 Valvin Muscat, and Indiana Traminette of the year for its 2017 Traminette. All three were named best in class, and the winery received three double gold awards, five gold awards, 12 silver awards and three bronze awards.

Angola's Satek Winery also took home several awards including best in class for its Concord 101 Lakes Red. The winery received two double gold awards, four gold awards, nine silver awards and one bronze.

Country Heritage Winery in LaOtto received three best-in-class awards with its 2017 Red Satin, La Crescent Ice Age White and Country Core Hard Cider getting attention. It received two double gold awards, 11 gold awards, 19 silver awards and nine bronze awards.

Go to for the full list of winners.

Jamaican offering

A new Jamaican restaurant has recently opened, bringing the flavors of the Caribbean island to Waynedale.

Pepper & Spice, 2801 Lower Huntington Road, serves up the native foods of owner Sanchez Thompson, who moved to the United States in 2015.

The menu includes Jamaican Curry, Ackee and Salt Fish, Brown Stew and oxtail. There are also fried plantains, rice and peas and Jamaican-style dumplings.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

BurgerFi chicken

BurgerFi, the fast casual restaurant chain with a location on Coldwater Road, has debuted its first grilled chicken sandwich, and a portion of the sales will go to a good cause.

The sandwich joined the menu July 2 for a limited time, with the possibility of becoming a permanent staple.

The Chicken Avocado BLT features a grilled chicken breast with fried avocado, white cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard-barbecue sauce.

One dollar from each sandwich will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, to help end childhood cancer.

“We've been testing variations of the chicken sandwich for almost a year to ensure our guests have a craveable culinary experience,” says Paul Griffin, executive chef at BurgerFi.

Free hot dog

In honor of National Hot Dog Day, Pilot Flying J is treating guests to a free hot dog July 18.

Customers can use the myPilot app that day to find an offer for a free hot dog or roller grill item waiting to be redeemed at the more than 750 Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers in North America. There is a Flying J store at 3105 Doyle Road in New Haven.

In 2017, Pilot Flying J sold 548,000 hot dogs in Indiana and nearly 10 million in the United States.

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