Studies have shown that drinking wine moderately can reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, colon cancer and even cataracts. It also pairs nicely with food and makes a lovely housewarming gift.

Mmmm, wine.
Mmmm, wine.

And if you drink locally made wine, you’re also helping out a local business. In that spirit, the Ice House and its Crushed Ice Events series will prevent “Straight from the Bottle,” a tasting of local wines, on Thursday, Sept. 18.

The event also will be an educational venture of sorts led by Ice House director Erica Schnell, who has extensive experience in the wine and spirits industry, including having started a wine distributing company in 2010. The event is part of a six-course series.

Wines from Old 502 Winery, Little Kentucky River Winery and Huber’s Orchard and Winery will be featured. Hailing from downtown Louisville, Trimble County, Ky., and Starlight, Ind., respectively, all three wineries are within driving distance and are favorites among local residents.

Old 502 Winery is the state’s only urban winery using locally grown grapes; Little Kentucky River Winery offers a peaceful setting with a true country vineyard situated along the Kentucky River; and Huber’s Orchard and Winery is Indiana’s largest estate-bottled winery with more than 65 acres of award-winning vines. Each winery offers tastings at an on-site venue.

Tickets are $20 per person. A cash bar will be available at “Straight from the Bottle” as well. The begins at 6 p.m., and the Ice House is located at 217 E. Main St. Space is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (502) 589-4700.

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Kevin Gibson
Kevin Gibson tackles the 3Rs — retail, restaurants, real estate — plus, economic development. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono. Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies. Email Kevin at [email protected]