Friday, April 20, was the first Tuscan dinner of the year at Chrisman Mill Vineyard and Winery. We attended and enjoyed a delicious meal, wonderful wine, and a relaxing evening. Each month, usually the third Friday, during the spring, summer, and autumn months, the vineyard is the site of an eight course Tuscan dinner. The chef, Denise Nelson, plans the menus around a theme. Friday’s theme was garlic. Garlic, a cousin of the lily, was featured in the crostini appetiser, the salad dressing, the sauces on the pastas and the meats. Each selection was delicious, especially for a garlic lover. While not expecting garlic to complement a dessert, the surprising dish of the night was a garlic infused gelato which turned out to be quite a satisfying way to end the meal. Three wines were paired with the courses, Sweet Jessamine Rose, First Vineyard Reserve, and Veneto; but diners may also choose to order a bottle of their own choosing. We chose our personal favorite, Norton Reserve.
Spring seems to be coming early to Kentucky this year, but the vines were still just beginning to develop. The vineyard offers a glimpse of what’s to come. Chrisman Mill, one of Kentucky’s oldest wineries, has continued to make changes and additions keeping the grounds lovely. They’ve created a spot that is a relaxing and enjoyable place to spend an evening. The next Tuscan Dinner is May 18. (a full schedule is on their website). The dinners are a unique experience, I recommend it completely. We’ve taken friends with us several times and everyone has always had a great evening.
Of course, the vineyard is also open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 to 5. Visitors can enjoy tastings, sharing a bottle, or being there for other special events. Their website gives their full schedule.