It all started with California cabernets. Elkhart businessman Carl Tiedemann began collecting wines several years ago after some health issues led his doctor to advise him that he should only drink red wine.
Close friends steered him toward various wines and winemakers from the Napa Valley area and eventually connections were made.
“As my friendships grew, so did my inventory of wines,” Carl said. “As the wines I began to buy became collector’s items and I started buying more expensive cabernets, I found that my wine knowledge needed to grow. So I started educating myself by reading all the magazines and books that I could find on wines and by talking to people and furthering my relationships with folks in California.”
Eventually Carl’s personal wine collection grew from 60 cases to well over 2,500 bottles that required their own cellar.
He continued to educate himself and became so interested in the process of making wine that he decided to help sell his Napa Valley friends’ wines in Indiana.
It was a natural next step for Carl to consider the role of vintner and he teamed up with his favorite Napa Valley winemakers: Sean Larkin of Larkin Wines, Kent Humphrey of Eric Kent Wine Cellars and Bruce Devlin of Three Clicks Wines, to create his own wines. He launched Tiedemann Wines, an Elkhart wine distribution company in fall 2010.
Today Carl makes makes five wines in Napa Valley — a sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir under the Glenwood Cellars label and the Tiedemann Signature Series Red under the Tiedemann label.
Carl’s wines are distributed locally by fine dining establishments, country clubs and local spirit stores that buy wine from Tiedemann Wines and sell directly to the public. Carl also sells his wines in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. Tiedemann Wines also brings in hundreds of other boutique wines from all over the world that are distributed exclusively in Indiana.
Each week Carl shares his wine adventures, educational stories on wine, wine reviews and information on upcoming wine tasting events in the blog TiedemannOnWines.com. These blogs will be shared on Flavor 574, along with special video interviews with other local wine experts and connoisseurs.
Carl hopes to teach everyone how wine can be interesting, adventurous and memorable.