Uncorked with Caylor Dog Days of Summer event provides perfect place to sip back and relax

Uncorked with Caylor Dog Days of Summer event provides perfect place to sip back and relax

People were full of smiles at the Uncorked with Caylor Dog Days of Summer event on Wednesday, August 10, and it wasn’t just because of the wine. Friends and family gathered in the basement of Running Vines Winery under twinkling lights to learn about the art of wine pairing while simultaneously make some lasting memories. 

Aftermath Cidery & Winery and Running Vines Winery Dog Days of Summer 2022

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Aftermath Cidery & Winery and Running Vines Winery Dog Days of Summer 2022Aftermath Cidery & Winery and Running Vines Winery Dog Days of Summer 2022Aftermath Cidery & Winery and Running Vines Winery Dog Days of Summer 2022Aftermath Cidery & Winery and Running Vines Winery Dog Days of Summer 2022

Nicki Caylor, owner of Running Vines Winery and Aftermath Cidery & Winery, decided to start holding her Uncorked with Caylor wine pairing events when she noticed that a lot of her friends and guests had biases towards certain wines. She wanted to come up with a fun, casual way to help people break out of their tastebud comfort zones.  

“A lot of people came into the wine room when we first opened only liking sweet wine or only liking dry, and I wanted to show them that there’s so much more to a wine as you experience it and how it changes when you’re eating different food. Italian food and wine just go hand-in-hand. It’s all about the experience and everything that you’re feeling and going through at that moment as well as what you’re eating to really change how a wine tastes,” said Caylor. 

Since Caylor started holding these events seven years ago, they have grown into a really popular and positive event in the Northwest Indiana community. She now holds them every second Wednesday of the month. 

“Seven years ago, when we first started this event, we would only have five or six people that would come. Now it’s sold out every month with 65 participants,” said Caylor. 

Along with the wine, what Caylor loves most about her Uncorked events is that she gets the opportunity to talk to her customers in a way that she doesn’t normally get to. She can mingle with them in a more intimate setting and really get to know them. Each month she chooses a different table to sit at so that she’s not talking to the same people each time. 

“It’s good to get to know my guests and show my appreciation to them because that’s why we’re here,” said Caylor. 

Caylor encourages everyone to come have some fun and learn how to get the most out of their wine-drinking experience. Tickets for the event go on sale every third Monday of the month at 8 a.m. 

“It sells out pretty quick but it’s a good time. We love when we see new faces come. We have our loyal and true that come every single month, but it’s fun to get other people in the mix,” said Caylor. 

There were plenty of new faces to add to the night’s fun, but what really made the event stand out is that Vernon Brown, owner of Duneland Distillery, was in attendance. He and Caylor often team up their businesses to help raise money for different charities and organizations. At the event, the two announced their latest collaboration. 

Caylor made a wine for Brown, and then Brown took that wine and turned it into a new brandy. For every bottle of the new brandy that is sold, the businesses will be giving back money to assist veterans. 

“We’re growing together and just helping out the community. That’s basically what we’re all about. We live very blessed lives, so we try to make other people’s lives better as well,” said Brown. 

The Uncorked with Caylor event truly brought everyone together to celebrate how incredible and impactful wine can be. The event's success symbolizes how far Caylor has come since opening her business, and no one is as proud of her as the friends she’s made along the way. 

“When I first opened seven years ago, we were only making 1000 gallons of wine a year. Now, we employ almost 70 people and we’re making over 15,000 gallons of wine and cider a year. So, it’s awesome to see my little dream blossom,” said Caylor. 

To learn more about Running Vines Winery and Aftermath Cidery, visit the websites at https://www.runningvines.com/home and https://www.aftermathcidery.com/aftermathcidery.