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In the Midwest, Sweet Wines are Big Business and Majorly Misunderstood

Sweet wine’s reputation for being cheap or unsophisticated among U.S. drinkers is one of the industry’s biggest paradoxes. After all, very few people balk at a good Port or Sauternes as an after-dinner drink. Sweet and flavored wines make up more than 30% of the bottles sold in the U.S., according to NielsenIQ. Overall, sweet wine sales grew 10% over the past year, the market researcher reports, which outpaced the industry’s total growth of 5.1%. “I believe that any human being, when they are first exposed to wine, no matter what country they are from, starts with sweet wine because it is easier to drink and to understand,” says Roberto Splendore, a sales representative for Vino Indiana, a wine distributor that specializes in bringing European wines to the Midwest. A recent study by E. & J. Gallo Winery claimed that one in three wine consumers enter the category through a sweet wine. Splendore grew up in Italy, where his family still grows grapes and makes wine. After he attended culinary school, Splendore worked internationally in the food and beverage industry for nearly 40 years. He says that his experience helped him identify cultural differences in palates. For instance, he believes that Americans who live in the Midwest tend to be drawn to sweeter wines, perhaps due to predilections for popular local fare like corn and saucy barbecue. “I notice that they have less of a taste for salty food or for citrus, which pairs well with dry wine,” says Splendore. Published on September 9, 2021 by Crystal Hammon – Wine Enthusiast

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Vino Indiana Announces Sponsorship with Fort Wayne FC

Local Wine Distributor is Official Wine & Spirits Sponsor for 2020 Season

Wolcottville, IN – November 13, 2019 Vino Indiana, a distributor of fine wine and spirits throughout the State of Indiana, announced its partnership with the Fort Wayne FC, Fort Wayne’s newly formed professional soccer team, representing the highest level of competitive men’s soccer in Northeast Indiana.  Introduced in September, the Fort Wayne FC is a member of the Great Lakes Conference of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) and is expected to begin competitive play in May 2020.

As the Official Wine & Spirits Sponsor for Fort Wayne FC’s 2020 season, Vino Indiana will feature a variety of wines from local wineries Country Heritage and Two EEs plus quality imports from Italy, California, and more. Also on hand will be spirits from local suppliers Three Rivers Distillery and Edwin Coe.

“We’re excited to partner with the Fort Wayne FC for their inaugural season as part of the NPSL,” commented Chuck Hollis, CEO for Vino Indiana. “This partnership reinforces Vino Indiana’s dedication to the communities in which we serve.  Our shared vision highlights both organization’s commitment to building community. We look forward to showcasing our local and global brands to create and provide the best fan experience possible for the soccer community and beyond,” added Hollis.

“We are proud to work with leading industry experts from Fort Wayne to bring our fans the best wines and spirits on game day,” remarked Dr. Erik Magner, President and Co-Owner of the Fort Wayne FC.

To learn more about Vino Indiana, visit  Visit to find out more about the club and its upcoming 2020 season. Also, connect with the Fort Wayne FC through their social media channels on Facebook (@FortWayneFootballClub), Instagram (@FortWayneFC) and Twitter (@FortWayneFC).


About Vino Indiana

Vino Indiana is a leading distributor of fine wines and spirits throughout the State of Indiana. Founded in 2012, Vino Indiana’s product portfolio includes fine wines and liquors made in Indiana and imports worldwide, with a strong emphasis on the unique and distinct wines from Italy. We are committed to developing and nurturing relationships dedicated to our supplier, customer and end-user needs. For more information, please visit