In Columbus, IN, amidst an expanse of fields and farmland, sits Simmons Winery. Simmons is family-run and grows many of its own grapes, eight varieties to be exact. This boutique winery offers dry to dessert wines with a wine list slightly weighted toward sweet wines. Wine tastings are five for $2, with each additional tasting priced at 50 cents.
The Chambourcin dry red is oaky, with currant and blackberry flavors. This wine is full-bodied and smooth, and would go very well with a juicy steak. The Marechal Foch (pronounced mara-shell fohsh) is a medium-bodied table red -- great for serving at potlucks or game nights. A refreshing, crisp white wine is Vidal Blanc, which is light-bodied and semi-dry.
The newly opened 450 North Brewing Company is attached to the winery. The micro-brewery boasts at least eight beers, from light to dark and from pale ale to hefeweizen. The Scarecrow is an American IPA that's bitter and has citrus notes. Its bite might frighten a few away. The Pothole Porter is rich and very dark with a coffee finish. If you're looking for something basic and sip-able, the Helles Lager is a great fit. Or try a beer flight with 5oz samples of five, six or seven beers. 450 North is also a restaurant that features brick oven pizza, pasta, sandwiches and dessert pizzas.