Wine lovers prepare for tomorrow – it’s your day! February 18th is National Drink Wine Day. Grab your favorite bottle, pour a glass, and toast one of the world’s oldest natural drinks. Cheers!by admin with No Comments
Valentine’s Day celebrates love! What a wonderful concept in a world where so many disagreements cause so much conflict. As early as the Middle Ages, lovers have been taking this day to honor their love. Through the years expressions of love have changed, from letters and cards to flowers and candy, a night out or a quiet celebration at home.
Wineries are offering special events such as a Chocolate Lovers Date Night at Brianza Gardens and Winery or the Valentine’s Murder Mystery Dinner at Prodigy Vineyards and Winery. Check the websites of your favorite local wineries for their events.
Wine lovers looking for a special Valentine’s wine to share with their love have many choices from Champagne, a chocolate flavored wine for sweet wine lovers, a dry wine in a chocolate glass, or a dry red wine paired with dark chocolate. Choose a wine you love to celebrate your love and enjoy the day!
Here’s a copy of the Press Release for the event. Thanks to Annette Mathy, Event Coordinator.
Join us for the 12th annual “Wine Barrel Tasting for the Springs” on Saturday, March 30th 11AM-5PM. Participants will travel on their own to 13 different wineries to sample wine that is ready for bottling. They may have the opportunity to meet the winemakers and discuss their favorite subject. Fee: $20. Proceeds benefit McConnell Springs, the site of the naming of Lexington in 1775. For more information and a list of wineries, visit mcconnellsprings.org. or call 859.272.0682. Sponsored by the Friends of McConnell Springs. This is a rain or shine event.
Mark the date on your calendars. It is a fun day for all Kentucky wine lovers. The wineries are all ready to welcome visitors and there are always some fun activities planned. This is also a time when spring is beginning to be felt in the state and of course at the vineyards. It’s a great weekend for visiting wineries.
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Yes, I realize that doesn’t sound like it’s wine related; and it’s not, except we had some really good wine on the way there and the way home. We visited Forest Edge Winery, in southern Bullitt County. An excellent start and end to a great weekend visiting Nashville, Tennessee.
While in Nashville, we did a little bar hopping on Broadway and visited the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. Our stops at Tootsie’s and Old Red were both enjoyable; and along with the regular exhibits that make the museum a must see, there were special exhibits on the Outlaws, Emmylou Harris, and Little Big Town.
But the highlight of our visit was the concert honoring Willie Nelson. Over twenty well-known entertainers were there to pay tribute to Willie, with performances by greats, such as: Kris Kristofferson, Chris Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Vince Gill, Norah Jones, Lyle Lovett, Dave Matthews, Jimmy Buffett, Willie’s sons Lukas and Micah, Jamey Johnson and many more. Several were joined on the stage by Willie himself. The finale was the entire ensemble on stage to perform On the Road Again, but that wasn’t all. The all-star line up followed that up by Will the Circle be Unbroken, I’ll Fly Away, and Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die. It was an amazing concert!
For those wine lovers who are country music fans, like we are, keep an eye out. The show was taped and will be shown on A & E sometime this year. I can’t wait to see it again!
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Several of the wineries that we visit now opened after the publication of A Wine Lover’s Odyssey Across Kentucky. I have written about them here on the blog. One of our favorites is Forest Edge Winery. Just south of Louisville, in southern Bullitt County is a lovely tasting room just off I-65. The wines are all exceptional and there is something for every wine lover. We visited both on our way to Nashville and on our way home. It was a good way to relax along the way.
Butch Meyer, the winemaker, was there during one of our visits and we had the opportunity to chat with him about wine as well as drink some of his best wines. My choice was his Sauvignon Blanc, easily the best made in Kentucky. My husband had a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon one of the best in the state.
They had made some changes since we visited last summer and have moved the wine production to another building. This left room for a new space devoted to gatherings of wine lovers. As a destination or as a relaxing stop on your way somewhere, I recommend a visit! You’ll love it!
Earlier this month, a visit to Cave Valley Winery was the first step to completing my New Year’s resolution of visiting more wineries in the state. While driving to Nashville, we looked at Kentucky’s winery map for wineries we might pass. Just off I-65, at Park Mammoth Resort in Park City, visitors can stop for a taste of some Kentucky wine.
The winery is located at the lodge at the resort which sits on top of a hill overlooking cave country. Known for golf and shooting sports, the winery is the newest addition at the lodge. There’s also a Bistro, but since it was January, wasn’t open when we stopped by.
They offer wines from Wight-Meyer Vineyards and Winery along side of some made by Cave Valley Winery, it was an interesting first visit.
As a Kentucky wine lover, my resolution is simple this year — visit more Kentucky wineries. Since interviewing all the owners and wine makers for my book A Wine Lover’s Odyssey Across Kentucky, the state has had a winery boom. The book featured the 32 wineries in the state in 2011 that had tasting rooms and regular hours for visitors. My premise was that most people would be more likely to visit those wineries rather than plan and call ahead. Boy, has that number changed!
Looking at the most recent Kentucky winery guide which we picked up at the end of 2018, there are around 70 wineries in the state now. Most of them have tasting rooms. So my resolution will be challenging. I will let you know how we are doing!by admin with No Comments
As the year is nearing its end, one can’t help but look back over the year and consider the highlights. For a wine lover, this naturally means wine news. 2018 was a good year for wine lovers in Kentucky. For me, it meant the discovery of a new place to shop for wine. Joining Louisville, Lexington became home to a Total Wine store at Lexington Green. For those who have never heard of them, these stores are opening around the nation and provide wine lovers (plus those who love spirits and beer as well) with a way to shop for their drinking needs. The choices are amazing with more wines from around the world than most stores have and the prices are quite reasonable. Even better news, Lexington will be opening a second Total Wine at Hamburg in the next few months.
On a personal tasting note, early last summer we visited a winery we had not visited for a few years. We spent some enjoyable time at Brooks Hill Winery and discovered a very special wine that has become a favorite. They make a medium body red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Lemberger grapes, with flavors of spice and dark berries. We love it!
Looking forward to 2019 and more great Kentucky wine.
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