The older we get, the more Birthdays and other life events should be celebrated. For the last five days, we celebrated my birthday, with wine of course.
We started on Friday with the delivery of a dozen rainbow roses and my all time favorite wine, a perfect Sangiovese from Barboursville, followed by a special VIP dinner on Saturday on the patio at Chrisman Mill Vineyards. Sunday was an outdoor concert at Brianza Gardens and Winery with our favorite local group, Jeff Blackburn Band. Monday, we shared a bottle of a special bottle we bought for the day, a Grande Riserva from Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery. We spent yesterday in Bullitt County on a mini-winery tour visiting Forest Edge Winery, Wight-Meyer Vineyards and Winery, Brooks Hill Winery, and MillaNova Winery.
Spending time with that special person, calls and greetings from family and friends, and doing something you love makes aging a lot more enjoyable. It’s been a fun time!
Has 2020 gotten you down? Are you missing wine festivals and visiting your favorite wineries? For wine lovers who’ve been feeling blue and need a reason to celebrate. August 28 is National Red Wine Day.
As a lover of big, dry, robust red wines, that is good news! Some favorite red wines in our house are Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Sagrantino, Cabernet Franc, and of course, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Choose a bottle, pour a glass, and relax! Enjoy a day made for Wine Lovers!by admin
2020 has not been a good year for visiting wineries. As a Kentucky wine lover who loves to visit wineries, yesterday was a momentous day. We visited our second winery of the year. While running an errand in Henry County, we visited Smith-Berry Vineyards and Winery. We enjoyed a couple of hours sitting outdoors, tasting a flight of wines, and talking to owner and winemaker, Chuck Smith.
Smith-Berry has been one of our favorite wineries for many years. Chuck makes good wine and has a variety of wines available for all wine lovers. From a crisp Pinot Grigio to a dark purple Petite Sirah, his wines will appeal to someone looking for a good dry wine. A lover of sweeter wines will enjoy a Moscato or Chambourcin. The winery also offers some sweet fruit wines like Strawberry, Blueberry, and Blackberry that offer the sensation of enjoying the fresh fruits.
Being back at a winery, enjoying the views, the wine, and the ambiance was a great way to spend a couple of hours. It’s been too long and we look forward to visiting other Kentucky wineries soon.
For the first time in months, this week was more typical for this wine lover. Typically, we visit wineries and share wines with friends regularly. We visit wineries while on trips. Sometimes a visit to the winery is just because we are nearby. But, of course, this hasn’t been happening. This week I met a friend and over wine, we enjoyed ourselves talking the afternoon away with glasses of wine. Later in the week, my husband and I stopped for some wine after a trip to the farmer’s market. And, as an end to the week we are going to a winery to enjoy an evening of wine and music on the lawn. We’re still not traveling but with the wearing of masks and social distancing, we have enjoyed a week of wining at our local winery, Brianza Gardens and Winery.by admin
On National Wine and Cheese Day, we both wanted to enjoy a nice wine with one of our favorite cheeses but we couldn’t agree on the wine. I wanted white and he wanted red, but we both wanted a Kenny’s Farmhouse Swiss Cheese. We discovered that we could enjoy what we wanted. Sauvignon Blanc from Barboursville Vineyards and Winery and Syrah from Brianza Gardens and Winery both paired nicely with our cheese choice. I’d recommend either.by admin
Wine lovers can celebrate their love for wine and cheese today with Kentucky wines and Kentucky cheese.
Kentucky is home to around 70 wineries and offers a variety of excellent wines. Some examples of excellent pairings are Cabernet Sauvignon and Extra Sharp Cheddar or Chardonnay and a Colby Jack. Of course, the best pairing is your favorite wine with the cheese you prefer.
Wine lovers know that wherever you are in the state you can find Kentucky wines by visiting the wineries or shopping one of the many wine stores that sell the state’s wines. But many may not be familiar with some of the state’s cheese makers. Three of the best are Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese in Barren County, Ed-Mar Dairy in Kenton County, and Wildcat Mountain Cheese in Laurel County. Look for these cheeses at Kentucky wineries as well as specialty food stores, or check their websites.
Enjoy the day! As you celebrate, remember it is a day for equality and freedom for all! Take care, be considerate, and be safe!
The reds, like Cabernet Sauvignon, the whites, like Sauvignon Blanc, and the blues, like Saffire and the Uppity Women. (Sorry, I just don’t like the new blue wines.) We enjoy a lovely bottle of Claret, a favorite wine of the Founding Fathers, and the nerd in me re-reads the Declaration of Independence. (I taught Political Science, after all.)
Happy Independence Day to all!by admin
Spring of 2020 has not been what Kentucky wine lovers are used to. Wineries have just begun opening up for visitors. But here’s a sign of hope that Mother Nature is still at work. Here’s a small promise of what is to come. These Vidal Blanc grapes will become wine one day.
One of the funniest things that happened at a winery visit was one of the shortest. We were at a winery in West Virginia and tasted a red wine. It was labeled simply Red Wine. My husband asked what kind of grape was used in the wine. The woman who was pouring for our tasting looked confused a second, then she said “Red”. What else is there to say!by admin
When we first started visiting wineries and doing tasting, we believed that if a 1 or 2 ounce sample tasted great, it would be a good idea to buy lots of wine to take home. Talk about naive! We were tasting at a winery in Indiana and the wine we were given in tasting glasses seemed really, really good. So when it came time to leave, we bought a mixed case of the two wines we liked. When we opened one of the bottles a couple of weeks later, it wasn’t at all what we expected. In truth, it wasn’t even good. We didn’t learn our lesson quickly and this happened again with wine from a winery in Kentucky.
The moral of this story is that when you are tasting several wines sometimes the flavors blend together. A good rule at a new winery is stay a while and drink a glass of wine. If it still tastes good, it’s safe to buy more. We finally learned our lesson!by admin