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 with No Comments
Valentine’s Day brings to mind thoughts of love and romance. If you’re a wine lover, thoughts of sharing a bottle of wine with your love one will not be far behind.
Many wine experts are recommending rosé as the perfect wine for romance. Some say reds are best. Here’s my advice — choose your favorite wine. Make it a special one that you only have on special days. Whether the wine is red, white, or rosé doesn’t matter. What matters is the person you are sharing it with!
Have a wonderful, romantic Valentine’s Day with that special person!by admin with No Comments
Since the 1970s, when the movie Deliverance was released, an experience that occurs off the beaten path makes people think of dueling banjos and feel uneasy. Well, everyone who has visited a vineyard and winery knows that they are often in remote (let’s not say godforsaken) areas. When you visit a lot of wineries, your chances of arriving at the boondocks is inevitable. We’ve had a few trips to the back of beyond and heard the banjos.
Years ago, we were driving around Virginia touring wineries. We found a winery that appealed to us that was near the city of Lynchburg. (As a side note, I’m glad we went as the winery closed a couple of years later.) Being near a city does not always assure a suburban atmosphere. As we were following directions, we drove further and further into what appeared the middle of nowhere. And, of course, all of a sudden we needed a rest stop. We found what might graciously be called a service station. Our arrival aroused a lot of attention from those standing around. Being somewhat desperate, while my husband pumped gas, I went inside to ask about the facilities. That’s when the banjos began dueling in my head. As the three people behind the counter (who all would have been at home in a Grizzly Adams episode) watched me walk in, I bravely asked if they had a restroom. The answer was a resounding “out back”. Not the answer I was hoping for but as I said – desperate times. Though it seemed unlikely at the time, we made it to the winery and had a really nice time.
Our next most notable Deliverance experience was in Kentucky and was truly the fault of Google maps. Everyone has gotten used to relying on Google or GPS to find places. Heads up, this is not always a good idea. While we were visiting wineries across Kentucky for the book I was writing, we got directions for a winery outside of Morehead. The directions were a bit odd because it sent us to the winery one way and home from the winery another, but we thought there must be a good reason. Hardly, the directions to the winery seemed to be designed to make sure we heard the banjos. Carefully following the steps led us off the paved highway to a gravel road. As we drove, the road seemed to get more isolated with no sign of human habitation. Then all of a sudden we saw what looked like a junkyard with what might be a garage. What seemed like about ten mountain men walked towards the road and monitored our car as we drove past. Making sure the doors were locked, we continued on our way. We finally reached the winery, tasted wine, asked questions, and took photographs. We left the winery using the other directions and almost immediately reached a highway that led through rows of homes.
The moral of the story is that when you’re a wine lover and the trip results in finding wine, the journey is worth it, even when the background music is dueling banjos.
Stay tuned for another wine adventure next week.
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Have you ever visited a winery and had such an unusual experience that it seems surreal, like the first time you realize that you really do need to eat before tasting wines or when you got lost because the Google directions were all wrong? As a wine lover that has been visiting wineries for over twenty-five years, the stories are endless. I’m adding a new category called Adventures in Wining. The tales will be funny, odd, surprising, or maybe all three. Look for the first installment tomorrow.
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Has the winter blues got you down? For those who live close to Boone County, I have just the cure. Verona Vineyards is open from Thursday through Sunday. The wine and the atmosphere will cheer you up.
For those who enjoy sweeter wines, the winery is offering a Pinot Grigio. This is an Italian grape that makes a lovely wine. The wine has a light straw color, with floral aromas, and flavors of tropical fruits. I would recommend it to anyone who likes their wine on the sweet side. For those who enjoy a bolder, dryer red, Verona Vineyard’s Cabernet Franc is lovely with flavors of dark cherries, with just a hint of chocolate.
They are also offering a new wine for them, a Petit Verdot. This wine is newly bottled and while it is enjoyable now, it will get better as it ages. Look for fruit and strawberry flavors with bold tannins.
Last weekend, we stopped by for a couple of hours, tasted some wine and relaxed. We were pleased to chat with Dan (the owner and winemaker) for a while and got some hints about some new wines coming soon and the possibility of another off-site tasting room. I’ll let you know when this happens.
Verona Vineyards also offer events during the winter months. Go to their website (check the links) to find dates and times.by admin with No Comments
As 2016 winds down, cuddle with a loved one and your favorite Kentucky wine. 2016 brought a lot of changes, not all of them good, but let’s raise a toast for a better 2017! Hope to have some book news for you soon! Also, look forward to sharing some wine news!
Hope your new year is a great one!
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Hope all you wine lovers have a red and white Christmas, not a blue one.
Best wishes from the Kentucky Wine Lover!
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“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 with No Comments
Wine lovers visiting Central Virginia should plan a trip to Gabrielle Rausse Winery. The wines have been around for quite some time, but the tasting room has only been open a couple of years. The setting is lovely amid the trees on a Virginia side road, but you won’t find lots of signs leading to the winery, visitors might even have trouble finding the tasting room. The small sign hanging from a piece of construction equipment that leads you to the drive is easy to miss. Once you find the winery, however, you will consider yourself lucky that you kept looking. The wine is superb. The bread served while tasting and the atmosphere are excellent.
We’ve been two times and enjoyed ourselves very much. Wine lovers will find the wine to be worth the trip. I recommend a visit.
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 with No Comments