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.
Most wine lovers in Kentucky have heard of Chrisman Mill. Opening in the late 1990s, it is one of the states oldest wineries. Today the vineyards are home to not only the Chrisman Mill Winery, but also the Hummingbird Ridge Distillery and Fuego Grill. Under the ownership of Chris and Denise Nelson, the vineyard is being readied to reopen in early July under all new protective health measures to keep visitors safe and allow them to enjoy all the winery, the distillery, and the grill.
Visitors to Chrisman Mill are familiar with the wine making and distilling skills of Dr. Chris Nelson, a well-known pediatrician in Lexington. But most are probably not aware that he is indeed a man of many talents. This is a work of art created by Chris of a subject near to his heart, a metal sculpture is of an old Zinfandel vine. Chris’s Old Vine Zinfandel wine has become a favorite with visitors, the wine maker, and the Kentucky Wine Lover.
For all Kentucky wine lovers who have been languishing at home for the last couple of months just longing for a visit to your favorite Kentucky winery, your wishes are coming true.
Kentucky’s wineries are beginning to open or are making plans to very soon. Northern Kentucky’s Brianza Gardens and Winery opened today. In Bullitt County, Brooks Hill Winery, Forest Edge Winery, and Wight-Meyer Vineyards and Winery opened yesterday. So did Purple Toad in Paducah. Other wineries, such as Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery and Grimes Mill Winery are making plans to open on the weekend of July 3. Most of the other wineries will be opened or opening soon. Just check out their websites.
You might find some new hours, social distancing rules, masks, and changes in tastings, but most importantly, you’ll find their wine. Go and enjoy!by admin
The Chrisman Mill Vineyard and Winery, Hummingbird Ridge Distillery, and Fuego Grill, like all restaurants and wineries in Kentucky, have been closed during this pandemic. However, they are doing pickups and deliveries to the local region near their Nicholasville location.
As you know from earlier posts, we are from Northern Kentucky. But, this weekend was Mother’s Day and after being cooped up for so long with only trips to the grocery and pharmacy it was time to finally do something. Since we needed things from Whole Foods and Total Wine, it seemed the perfect time to get carry out dinners. Altogether we picked up dinners for six people. It was well worth the wait and the drive.
Not only can you get an assortment of excellent wines, and a really good Hummingtail Rum by the bottle, you can order from a full menu from Fuego Grill. You can also order a local farmers gift box from the winery. Our choices included entrees like Beef Short Ribs, Pork Tenderloin, and Wood Fired Steak, sides such as grilled vegetables, garlic potatoes, and Haricot Verts, choice of salads, appetizers like Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, and to top off the dinner, desserts like Chef Dee’s famous Bread Pudding, Hummingbird Cake and an amazing Caramel Cheesecake. Everyone enjoyed their dinner.
So, until the state is open again, you might consider an order. Be sure and visit when they open up. You will be glad you did!by admin
Mother’s Day is Sunday. Mothers have been staying at home and not entertaining. Many Mothers have been drinking. Wine sales have risen around the country. For those wondering what would Mom want – think wine. Kentucky’s wineries are doing curb side sales and shipping their wines across the state. Many of our wineries are also offering specials as well.
For instance, Fuego’s, the restaurant at Chrisman Mill Vineyard and Winery, has specials on their menu for the weekend. Jester’s Winery has a special Mother’s Day menu along with their wines. Brianza Gardens and Winery has a special spa package for Moms and their continued curbside sales. Other wineries are also offering special wines, foods, or packages. Check the websites of the wineries near you to make your selections.
Moms deserve the best. Kentucky wineries offer some of the best selections around. You can choose from Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Chambourcin, Norton, Riesling, Vidal Blanc, and a variety of fruit wines like Blackberry, Peach, Blueberry. Some even have Sangria or Chocolate flavored wines. There is something for every Mother in the Commonwealth.
Happy Mother’s Day! Here’s to you, Mom – Salute!by admin
Enjoyed a wonderful bottle of Il Falco by Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery to celebrate North Carolina wine month. This wine is a dry red made with the Sagrantino grape. Sagrantino is noted for flavors of dried plumbs, and dried cherries. This varietal is blended with Montepulciano and Petit Verdot to give this full-bodied wine a fruity character with a complex aroma.
Sagrantino is a varietal that is fairly unknown due to the limited acreage around the world. It is indigenous to the region of Umbria in Central Italy. Even though there has been a growth in the number of producers, there are still only around 2500 acres in the world.by admin
Wine lovers, like me, are missing visiting wineries quite a bit. However, the wineries are making sure their wines are available to pick up. We stopped by our local winery and picked up some of our favorite Cabernet Sauvignon from Brianza Gardens and Winery recently and enjoyed a bottle last night.
For this vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon, owner and winemaker, Tony Parnigoni, got grapes from Washington State. The grapes came from the Horse Heaven Vineyard. The wine is one of the best Cabernet Sauvignons that I’ve ever tasted. Many winemakers will tell you that the wine is made in the vineyard. That may be one of the reasons this wine is so good. For several years, my favorite Sauvignon Blanc is from Chateau St. Michelle’s Horse Heaven Vineyard. Obviously, the vineyard’s terroir produces excellent grapes.
The other reason for the wine being so good is the expertise of the winemaker. Tony’s wines are all exceptional. While stuck at home, call and pick up your favorite wine and be sure to visit as soon as they open up.by admin
Like most other public events, unfortunately the Barrel Tasting at the Bluegrass Wineries hosted by McConnell Springs has been cancelled.
Wineries are not open for tastings. However, most wineries are still selling their wines in a drive thru, pick up mode. Check with your local wineries to find out if they are doing so.
Let’s do our part, follow all guidelines to prevent further spread of the virus, be kind and considerate of others, and raise a toast to better times and the successful end of this pandemic.
On March 28, 2020, join other wine lovers in Kentucky for the 13th Annual Wine Barrel Tasting for the Springs. For $20 per person, start at any of the participating wineries and go to as few or as many as you want.
Chenault Winery in Richmond, 1922 House Vineyards & Winery, Chrisman Mill Vineyards, and First Vineyard Winery in Nicholasville, Equus Run Vineyards in Midway, Grimes Mill Winery, Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, and Talon Winery & Vineyards in Lexington, Hamon Haven Winery and Harkness Edwards Vineyards in Winchester, Lovers Leap Vineyards & Winery and Rising Sons Winery in Lawrenceburg, Wildside Winery in Versailles and Prodigy Vineyards and Winery in Frankfort are the participating wineries this year.
Barrel tastings (check out my blog entry on tastings) are a great way to enjoy wine and to meet and talk about wine with the wine makers. McConnell Springs is an organization that works to preserve the state’s history and the founding of Lexington. Kentucky will be welcoming spring, we hope, with an excellent day. They’re all excellent reasons to plan your trip. Hope to run into you at one of the wineries!