Visitors to the KentuckyWineLover know about the new book I’ve been working on for the last few months. The last couple of months have been hectic with lots of experimentation and cooking with wine. Denise Nelson and I have been working on the book and trying out recipes and making decisions about what we want to include. Hopefully, we’ll have some news soon about what’s included and when you can expect a release.by admin
Fall is the time for festivals in Kentucky, celebrating everything from ham to apples. Wine lovers will find celebrations of wine as well.
Bullitt County will once again host a wine festival on September 25 &26, at the Bullitt County fairgrounds. Go to www.bestkywineries.com for details about hours and times.
The Northern Kentucky Wine Festival will be held at MainStrasse in Covington on October 17. Visit http://www.mainstrasse.org/ for information about the upcoming festival.
In Lexington, on October 24, wineries from the state will also pour tastes at the Incredible Food Show held in Lexington Center next to Rupp Arena.
Many of the wineries host their own events. Check out the website of your favorite winery to look for their event or go to the Kentucky wine page at kentuckywine.com
Festivals are a fun way to try wines from many wineries so you can choose which ones to visit.by admin
Central Virginia’s wineries are some of the finest in the state. Keswick Vineyards is one of the best. Located on the historic Edgewood Estate, the vineyard covers 40 acres. The drive to the tasting room winding through the vineyard in lovely and inviting, making visitors enthusiastic to try the wine. We have always found our visit to be enjoyable and the wine to be special.
Our favorite wine this visit is Trevillian Red, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petit Verdot. The wine is a superb big red with fruity aromas and flavors of dark fruits and coffee.
You will want to plan a visit if you’re in Virginia. The trip is worth it. The vineyards, the tasting room, and the wine make the visit one to remember.
Our visit to Virginia this summer included a visit to Jefferson Vineyards, located just a couple of miles from the grounds of Monticello. With gorgeous views in every direction the winery and tasting room is open to the public every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, and many visitors find their way there every day.
We have visited there many times over the years and always enjoy ourselves. One of their most memorable wines is their blended red, Meritage. The 2012 vintage, is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. The wine has flavors of bright fruits but with an earthy finish. Lovers of big reds will find this wine to be superior.
Last week, we opened a bottle of white we purchased there, a Petit Manseng. The Petit Manseng grape, mostly grown in Southwest France, has found its way to the eastern American vineyards and many wineries are offering this flavorful white wine. Jefferson’s Petit Manseng is one of the best I’ve tried. Aromas of lemon zest, almond, and honeysuckle are followed by flavors of grilled pineapples. The wine is delightful.
If you’re visiting central Virginia, you won’t want to miss a stop at Jefferson Vineyards.