Abe Martin


Abe Martin is a fictitious character who was invented in 1904 by Ken Hubbard in Brown County, Indiana; a rustic, picturesque area in rolling hills and lakes. Though the popularity of Brown County has waned somewhat over the last century, it remains an attraction for tourists throughout a five-state area encompassing Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan., looking for the food, scenery, and gifts of yesteryear. In the last decade, autos were backed up from Nashville, IN (the county seat) all the way to Columbus, IN 16 miles away, with tourists who were seeking views of the fall foliage in Brown County.

Abe was featured in newspapers all over the United States from 1904 until Hubbard’s death in 1930 although repeats of his cartoon were published for several years after his death. “Kin” Hubbard was described by Will Rogers as “America’s greatest Humorist.”

Abe was famous for his political aphorisms and quips many of which are still apropos today; such as: 

“Now and then an innocent man is sent to the Legislature;” and
“When a fellow says, “It ain’t the money but the principle of the thing,” it’s the money;” and
“We’d all like t’vote fer th’best man, but he’s never a candidate;” or,
“The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store.”

There are many memorabilia remaining in Brown County, Indiana remembering Abe, including a Public lodge in Brown County State Park, Called Abe Martin Lodge. Chateau Thomas Winery has a satellite location in Nashville. This is why we are remembering Brown County’s most famous character with a rustic series of wines, that are in tune with the “country” flavor of its location. All these wines are 99.5% base Vinifera wines combined with 0.5% fruit essence to accent the flavors of that wine. All wines are pleasantly sweet, but with a drier, soft finish, but with the fruit aromas and flavors dominating throughout.

 

The Wines

 

Peach Chardonnay

A light straw color. Generous aromas of peach jump out of the glass with citrus fruits blended into the mid-palate. There is a pleasant sweetness of complex peach that is gradually replaced by the drier Chardonnay component. The wine is medium fullness in the mouth with lasting flavors of tropical fruit cocktail.

This unusual fruit and Vinifera wine pairs well with shellfish, fish, chicken, white meats, and a variety of butter and cream-sauced dishes.

Serve chilled.

 

 

Strawberry Blush

A beautiful pink color with generous aromas of ripe strawberries, mixed berries, and citrus dominate the nose. In the mouth, there is a pleasant sweetness of strawberry, which is gradually replaced by the less-sweet grape component, with an acid finish. The flavors linger on the palate.

Pair this wine with some rich fish such as salmon and tuna, chicken, sausage, and other processed meats including ham. Aged cheeses such as Provolone, Parmesan, and white cheddar are fine accompaniments.

Serve chilled.

 

 

Blackberry Merlot

This wine has a dark color. There are generous aromas of juicy cherries, blackberries, jammy plums, and blueberries, followed by dark chocolate. On entry, there is a pleasant sweetness of blackberry, gradually replaced by a drier Merlot flavors, framed by dark spices and jam that fades to a long finish.

This unusual fruit/Vinifera combination pairs well with rich fish, like salmon and tuna, red meats such as lamb, beef, game, and barbeque. Aged cheeses such as Parmesan, cheddar, and Provolone accent this wine’s palate.

This wine may be served slightly chilled or at room temperature.