Ron Rawlinson, Ortman wines national sales manager, introduced Ortman Family Vineyard wines in Indianapolis Saturday night at Mass Ave Wine Shop.

Ron poured Chardonnay, Cuvee Eddy, and an unreleased ’09 Sangiovese. The Saturday night group seemed to enjoy the humor, education, and the juice. Several bottles of Cuvee Eddy came off the wall after the formal tasting.

Here are a few photos I took during the evening.

The Cuvee Eddy, a near-Rhone blend, is exclusive to Mass Ave but the Chardonnay and other Ortman wines will turn up in other Indiana locations. Ortman is distributed in several midwestern states, including Indiana by Graybull wines.

It was great of Ron to pour the Sangiovese. I had tasted, and loved, the ’08 Italian grape but it’s sold out nationally. (Though, I have a couple of bottles in my private stash left.) Winemaker Matt Ortman bottled up some ’09 barrel samples that were just as good or better than the ’08.

I picked up and built the foundation of my wine knowledge by going to tastings like the Saturday night event. It’s really a great way to expand your wine knowledge and palate. Jill Ditmire, Mass Ave Shop owner, hosts regular tastings every Tuesday.

In photo: Jill and Ron with Ortman wines.

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