Winemaker and owner at Purple Toad Winery, Allen Dossey, was named Winemaker of the Year this year at the Indy International Wine Competition. Purple Toad also brought home 16 medals for its wines, including four double gold medals. This is a prestigious award in the wine world because Indy had over 2000 entries from 40 states, as well as 11 different countries.
Purple Toad Winery is located in Paducah and has been open for eight years. Their vineyard has been around for 19 years. The winery sells over 30 varieties, specializing in sweet wines. Owners Allen and June Dossey have been very involved in the Kentucky wine industry in recent years, traveling to festivals all over the state.
If you get the chance, you’ll want to give their wines a try. You’ll be happy you did. Besides, they also have one of the neatest names and labels in the state.
Cheers to all wine lovers! May 25, 2017 is National Wine Day. You probably remember that we celebrated February 18, this year as National Drink Wine Day. Now, happily, tomorrow is another special day for all of us wine lovers.
Dionysus and Bacchus, Greek and Roman gods of grapes and wines, would be proud to discover that modern wine lovers are still enjoying the drink of the gods. While most wine lovers enjoy wine one any old day, why waste a chance to pour a glass (or more) in celebration with your favorite drinking partner?
Happy National Wine Day! Here’s to you, may you always have good friends, good wine, and good days, Salute!
The Wine Barrel Tasting for the Springs, sponsored the by McConnell Springs organization, is Saturday, March 25. Kentucky wine lovers won’t want to miss it.
Start at any of the following wineries: Springhill Winery & Plantation, Lovers Leap Vineyards & Winery, Horseshoe Bend Vineyard & Winery, Wildside Winery & Vineyard, Chrisman Mill Vineyards, Talon Winery & Vineyards, Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, Black Barn Winery, Equus Run Vineyards, Hamon Haven Winery, Prodigy Vineyards & Winery, Grimes Mill Winery, Chuckleberry Farm and Winery, McIntyre’s Winery & Berries, First Vineyard Winery and Rising Sons Winery.
Enjoy a day of wine tasting and visiting wineries of the Bluegrass, in Lexington, Frankfort, Versailles, Lawrenceburg, Bloomfield, Bardstown, Willisburg, Midway, Nicholasville and Winchester. Choose your starting place and plan your visits. Times are 11 AM to 5 PM.
Visit McConnell Springs website for directions.
Maybe we’ll see you at one of the wineries.by admin
Even though it doesn’t feel much like it today, spring is on the way. You can tell because March Madness starts today and wine events are on the calendar in Kentucky. While you’re enjoying those basketball games, enjoy a glass of Kentucky wine and toast your favorite Kentucky team. Our state’s basketball fans can choose between University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and for the first time Northern Kentucky University.
Wine loving basketball fans can also look ahead to a March wine event. On March 25th, sixteen of Central Kentucky’s wineries will open their doors for the 10th Annual Wine Barrel Tasting for the Springs, a fundraiser for McConnell Springs, the twenty-six acre natural historic park at the springs where the city of Lexington, Kentucky was named. The event is a self planned visit from 11 to 5 PM. Visitors can start at any of the participating wineries, pay the fee of $20 per person, receive a map, and choose their route to their chosen stops.
Springhill Winery & Plantation, Lovers Leap Vineyards & Winery, Horseshoe Bend Vineyard & Winery, Wildside Winery & Vineyard, Chrisman Mill Vineyards, Talon Winery & Vineyards, Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, Black Barn Winery, Equus Run Vineyards, Hamon Haven Winery, Prodigy Vineyards & Winery, Grimes Mill Winery, Chuckleberry Farm and Winery, McIntyre’s Winery & Berries, First Vineyard Winery and Rising Sons Winery are ready to open their doors to visitors. Many will have special options like food or maybe even a barrel tasting with the winemaker. A barrel tasting is a one ounce sample of wine that is still in the barrel awaiting bottling. Wine lovers get the chance to taste an early stage of their favorite wines.
For more information, go to their website (www.mcconnellsprings.org). This is a special day, a chance to take part in a worthy cause for McConnell Springs and an opportunity to visit several Kentucky wineries as they are welcoming the beginning of spring. Hope you have the opportunity to attend.
Happy National Drink Wine Day! Enjoy a glass or two, or more!by admin
Finally, a holiday we can all get behind. February 18th is National Drink Wine Day. I hope all of you wine lovers out there are ready. It’s even conveniently on the weekend this year.
So shop, if you need to, or choose your favorite bottle from your wine rack. Be prepared to celebrate.
This might be my new favorite holiday. Cheers!by admin
“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, But If The White Runs Out, I’ll Drink the Red, or I’m dreaming of a wine Christmas.” For a wine lover, either will do. When I think of my list for Santa, wine is definitely on the list. I have heard that even Santa and Mrs. Clause can’t resist a glass to celebrate the holiday.
As a Kentucky wine lover, I want Santa to visit Kentucky’s wineries for my gifts.
Cabernet Franc from Lovers Leap Vineyard and Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon from Brianza Gardens and Winery, Norton Reserve from Chrisman Mill Vineyard and Winery, Lemberger from Prodigy Vineyard and Winery, Gewurztraminer from Elk Creek Vineyard and Winery, Burley from Smith-Berry Vineyard and Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon from Forest Edge Winery, Dry Traminette from Prodigy Vineyard and Winery, Norton from Wight-Meyer Vineyard and Winery, and last but not least Apple Wine from Rose Hill Vineyards.
Of course, as a wine lover, I understand Santa might have to substitute a few bottles from somewhere else, so here’s some alternates.
Sauvignon Blanc from Oliver Winery in Indiana, Sangiovese from Barboursville Vineyards and Winery in Virginia, Montepulciano from Raffaldini Vineyards in North Carolina, or McMahan American Red from Chateau Ross Vineyards and Winery in Tennessee will be great, too.by admin
This month I’ve been writing a lot, but not on my blog. The news is that work on the cookbook, Vineyard to Table – Cooking with Kentucky Wine, is going great. Denise and I met with a publisher last week and they are very interested in our book. We will be going through the peer reading and editorial board approval, but things are looking up.
Here’s a preview of what the book is like. We start with a bit of information about the history of wine, Kentucky wine, and the relationship between wine and food. Then we include the benefits of wine, cooking tips, and advice on how to choose wines. But most of the book is recipes. We have chosen eight wine varieties that are regionally grown and have ten recipes for each one.
We are really pleased with the way the book is coming along. I’ll let you know how things are proceeding and when to expect a finished book.by admin
The farm, therapy, exercises, and catching up with things that had been neglected since my accident has kept us busy this summer, but we were able to get out and visit a few wineries. Now its time to get caught up with writing and organizing some photos. Hard to believe that fall is just a few weeks away; time has certainly flown by. Let’s look at some news that Kentucky wine lovers might be interested in learning.
The Kentucky Wineries Association will be hosting its 5th Annual Wine Fest on September 9 and 10, 4 to 10, on the 9th and Noon to 10, on the 10th. The fest will be at the Bullitt County Fairgrounds. For just $25, visitors will get a wine glass and 12 tastes. Look for information at http://bestkywineries.com Look for the wineries that are on the Best Kentucky Wineries Wine Trail to be there pouring their wines.
The Northern Kentucky Wine Festival and MainStrasse Village will be October 15, from 3 to 10. Kentucky wines, artisans, food, and entertainment will delight visiting wine lovers. I will post more information as it’s available, or you can check the website of the MainStrasse Village at http://www.mainstrasse.org/
Verona Vineyards is now open on Thursdays, as well as the weekend. Wine lovers can taste some of their favorite wines and enjoy some food and events. A Taste of Behle Street by Sheli at Verona Vineyards is available at a food truck at the winery. Special events from a Thursday steak night to Sunday brunch are enjoyed by those visiting. Check their website for reservations and other events at http://www.veronavineyards.com/
Denise and I are still “cooking with wine” and have made some decisions that we think readers will be interested in. Our planned title is Vineyard to Table – Cooking with Kentucky Wines. As more news is available, we’ll let you know.
Hope your summer has been a good one and that you have been enjoying some Kentucky wine.
Wine lovers take note. February 18, 2016 is National Drink Wine Day. Enjoy a glass today.by admin