Romantics look hopefully on Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate their love. Some plan special evenings with their special someone, with dinner out or maybe dinner in. Others look for that special gift, maybe roses, candy, or jewelry. Wine lovers, who are also romantics, start thinking about what wine would be special enough to share with their loved one. A special wine should be one you both will enjoy, a wine that you rarely share, maybe even a bit more pricey than your usual choice. For our special romantic evening, we are toasting the day with Nebbiolo.
The Nebbiolo grape is a preeminent grape used in both Barolo and Barbaresco wines in certain regions of Italy. Nebbiolo wines have moved to other parts of the wine world. We discovered a Nebbiolo wine at Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia several years ago. This wine is one of their premium wines and has a large following for its aromas and flavors. Many descriptive words are used to describe this wine not all appealing, like roses and tar, or violets, herbs, tobacco, and prunes, but the wine is very appealing. It is one of our favorites and just the right wine to celebrate love and romance.
Whatever your choice for the day, hope you and your love have a happy and romantic day!
Happy New Year’s to all of you! Hope that 2018 will be a great year for wine lovers! There are new wines and wineries in Kentucky, and we’re looking forward to trying them out. Hoping my cooking with wine book will be ready for you soon.
Getting ready to settle down and celebrate midnight with one of the best wines made in the state of Kentucky – 3 Reds by Wight, made by Jim Wight at Wight-Meyer Winery. Hope you have a good wine chosen to enjoy toasting in the New Year!
Happy New Year from the Kentucky Wine Loverby admin
Celebrate the holidays with your favorite people and your favorite wines. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Best wishes from the Kentucky Wine Lover!by admin
It’s almost that time of the year. Christmas is on its way! Deciding what wine to put on my list is so difficult. I really do love many different wines. But if I have to choose…….
Santa, please bring me a bottle of Cabernet Franc Reserve, from Lovers Leap Vineyards and Winery.
Of course, that’s my choice today. I reserve the right to change my mind!
Since you’re a wine lover, why don’t you share. What’s on your Christmas list?by admin
All the wine experts have spent the last couple of weeks telling wine lovers which wines to choose for Thanksgiving Dinner. With the variety of foods served and the differences in our guests, my simple recommendation is choose your favorite wines. Whether your taste is red, white, or rosé, enjoying the wine is more important than obeying someone’s rules.
For those who would like a suggestion, a nice dry, or semi-dry Gewürztraminer or a Beaujolais Nouveau will enhance the flavors of that Thanksgiving turkey. For dessert, a nice sparkling wine will pair well with those favorite pumpkin and pecan pies. For the adventurous wine lovers, many wineries, including those in Kentucky, make a semi-sweet Cranberry during the fall that is really good. Brown County Winery in Nashville, Indiana makes a delicious, tart Cranberry Apple.
As you gather together with family and friends, enjoy the food, the wine and the time spent with loved ones. Remember to be thankful and take time to relax.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Kentucky Wine Lover!by admin
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.