After a long year of the pandemic, finally fully vaccinated, we had our first night out enjoying a safe evening of wine and music at Brianza Gardens and Winery for a St. Patrick’s Day Party.
The Cabernet Sauvignon was excellent, as usual and the music provided by Rucca was great.
With original songs, as well as covers, such as Tyler Childers’ White House Road, Waylon’s Can’t You See, and Adele’s Rollin the Deep, they have an eclectic playlist with something for everyone. They also did one of our personal favorites, Pistol Annie’s Hell on Heels. Of course, one of the best was a tribute to the late, great John Prine with Angel from Montgomery. Solo sets were also special, like Lauren’s version of Wayfaring Stranger and Ashley’s cover of Blue Bayou.
We had a fun night out!
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Wine lovers in Northern Kentucky or those visiting the area have something to look forward to this week. Brianza Gardens and Winery’s spring and summer hours begin on March 16. While they have been open on the weekends for a while now, wine lovers can now drop by from Tuesday to Sunday.
Brianza lovers will notice some changes in the décor that allows for a more open look as well as social distancing. Check out their calendar of events at their website, http://brianzagardensandwinery.com
Remember the old song “Our Day Will Come“. For American wine lovers, our day has come. February 18 is National Drink Wine Day, so celebrate and enjoy!
Many of us are still staying home, avoiding crowds and social distancing, but the beauty of this day is you can do all that and still salute the day. It doesn’t require travel or crowds—just wine!
For just a moment forget the weather, the pandemic, politics, and all your worries, pour a glass of your favorite wine and commemorate National Wine Day! Salud!by admin with No Comments
Happy Valentine’s Day! My favorite way to celebrate a day of love is a special someone, a special dinner, and a special wine.
The special someone is always the same; Mike and I have shared many special days for over 50 years. The special dinner has been Lasagna for many years. The special wine has changed but is almost always a favorite dry red wine. This year we will be sharing a dinner of Lasagna Supreme and a bottle of Nebbiolo from Barboursville Vineyards and Winery.
Hope you and your special someone have a great day! Celebrate your love in your own special way!by admin with No Comments
We’re still not traveling, but Eagle Creek Vineyard is just a short drive down the river from Northern Kentucky, we visited last week for an afternoon. Located on Main Street in Warsaw just a few doors away from the well-known Jewells on Main, Eagle Creek Vineyard was a nice diversion on a dreary, rainy day in February. Owners Dave and Beth Lynn have created a nice place to visit that’s made even nicer because they have good wine. Their wine list includes many of the sweeter wines such as Concord, Niagara, and Catawba, native grapes that are well known to most Kentucky wine drinkers. Purchasing juice mostly from New York, the winery also feature dry reds such as Shiraz, Malbec, and Dornfelder as well as dry whites like Sauvignon Blanc and Vignoles. Sauvignon Blanc and Dornfelder were our favorites.
My favorite dry white is Sauvignon Blanc and I’m always excited to find new offerings especially in Kentucky, this was a pleasing find. The wine offers the crisp, acidic, tart apple flavors with the herbal aromas that lovers of this wine expect. Dornfelder, a German grapes, is not often found in Kentucky. We were pleased to see the wine on their list prior to visiting, but their offering on their wine list was sweet. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived and found they had a dry Dornfelder. For those unfamiliar with this grape, the wines have a dark fruit taste with dark spicy overtones and made for lovers of a nice dry red wine.
The weather was somewhat dreary and wet, so photos of the outside were not possible, but here’s a glimpse of the tasting room which provides a cozy welcoming place to enjoy some good Kentucky wine. A visit to Eagle Creek Vineyard is a nice way to spend an afternoon.
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The only cure for the January blues is to enjoy some delightful reds. Our favorites are Cabernet Sauvignon from Brianza Gardens & Winery and Old Vine Zinfandel from Chrisman Mill Vineyards & Winery. They’ve boosted our morale through this cold, dreary month.
January is nearly over, 2020 is in the past, vaccines are available, and the future is brighter. Let’s look forward to February, Valentine’s Day, and the upcoming spring. Raise a glass to your mental health and let the red wine chase your blues away!by admin with No Comments
New Year’s Eve makes many people think of drinking bubbly at midnight to celebrate the possibilities of that new year beginning and say goodbye to the year that is ending. Midnight this year may be one of the most momentous in recent history as 2020 has been a year like no other we can recall. 2021 gives us all hope for better times. So bring on the bubbly!
Champagne is the bubbly that comes to mind, but most people have never really had Champagne. For most people this is just the generic name they give to bubbly wine. The only true Champagne comes from the Champagne Appellations in France with requirements on its making. But sparkling bubbly wines are made almost everywhere that wine is made using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Some countries have put their own customization on this popular celebratory wine.
Germany’s sparkling wine, Sekt, is not very well-known outside of the country. Until recently it wasn’t able to be purchased except in Germany. The uniqueness of Sekt is that it is made with Riesling grapes. Spanish sparkling wine, Cava, is made with Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel·lo grapes, though also sometimes with Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. Probably most wine lovers are more familiar with Prosecco, a sparkling wine made in Italy with the Glera grape. Prosecco has been around for centuries and in much of the twentieth century was a rather sweet wine. Today, Prosecco is generally a crisp aromatic wine. It is sometimes made with Perera, Bianchetta, and Verdiso, and the better known wine grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir.
New World wineries in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa are also contributing excellent sparkling wines. Names like Brut and Blanc de Blancs are on labels from California, Washington, and Oregon. Kentucky wineries Smith-Berry Vineyards and Winery and Talon Vineyards and Winery make sparkling Moscato wines that are sweeter choices.
My personal favorites tend to be Prosecco. La Vostra Prosecco, a crisp Italian sparkling wine is easier to find than some and is excellent.
Whatever your choice, raise a glass at midnight tomorrow, say goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021. “To a better year!”
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“I’m dreaming of a wine Christmas!”
Celebrating Christmas this year means a quiet evening at home enjoying a special wine. The good thing is there are so many wonderful wines. I always recommend choosing your favorite, whether it is red, white, rosé, dry, or sweet.
Some Kentucky wines I recommend: a red – Brianza’s Cabernet Sauvignon, a white – Sauvignon Blanc from Forest Edge, a rosé – Lover Leap’s Rosé, a dry – Chrisman Mill’s Old Vine Zinfandel, or a sweet – Blackberry wine from Smith-Berry.
For a perfect Christmas Eve, start a fire in the fireplace, turn on the lights on the tree, dim the lights, and share a glass (or two) with the one you love.
Merry Christmas to wine lovers everywhere!by admin with No Comments
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Brianza Gardens and Winery has a new release and it’s not wine – their new release is a Brandy.
For those unfamiliar with brandy, it is a liquor produced by distilling wine and contains a higher alcohol content that wines. Owner and winemaker, Tony Parnigoni’s new brandy is made using his Chambourcin wine, distilling a portion and blending that with the remaining wine then aging it in a Buffalo Trace barrel. He did an excellent job!
Brianza Brandy offers complex aromas and flavors. Wine lovers will find it very enjoyable. When you pour a glass, let it breathe just a bit, then enjoy the first aromas of dark spices (cloves and cinnamon) and hazelnuts. Take a sip; the first flavor you taste are those same spices. Then when you swallow, the taste is of a just picked blackberry, leaving you with a warm finish. This brandy made from Chambourcin is a pleasant addition to the Brianza list of wines.by admin with No Comments