Last week, when the weather was still cold and terrible, we decided it would boost our spirits to visit our favorite local winery. We spent a couple of hours visiting Brianza Gardens and Winery. Not only did we have some wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon, but we also got to talk with Tony about wine, upcoming events, and his recent remodel of the tasting room.
From a beautiful antique swinging door to the lovely mural on the back wall, the additional space in the tasting room is fantastic. It adds seating room and gives the winery a much roomier, welcoming space. The room also connects to the party and event space and when there is music, visitors will be able to hear the music while still visiting with friends. If you haven’t been able to visit Brianza for a while, you’re in for a treat. An afternoon there will brighten even the dreariest of dreary winter days.
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!
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Celebrate the holidays with your favorite people and your favorite wines. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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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!
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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.
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Jim Wight started making wine as a hobby and as an amateur created many wines that were enjoyed by his friends. His success led him to give professional winemaking a try. Early in the 2000s, he planted a vineyard and in 2007 opened a winery in Bullitt County. As they say, the rest is history. Jim is one of Kentucky’s best winemakers. Not only has he won many awards for his wines, but has also been a guide for some of the state’s other wineries.
Recently, Jim has created wines from some unusual hybrids. He is making a delightful white wine from a new grape called Cabernet Doré, a hybrid of Norton and Cabernet Sauvignon. What? A white? It is thought to have developed as a white grape due to a recessive white gene, likely from Sauvignon Blanc, a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. Wight’s Cabernet Doré is a smooth dry white. His other new wine is a Rosé made with the Zinthiania grape, a hybrid of Norton and Zinfandel. With notes of dried strawberries and cranberries, the wine is delicious.
A visit to Wight-Meyer Vineyard and Winery will be a treat for all wine lovers. No matter what your tastes are in wine, you will find something there you will love.
Saturday was a chilly fall day, but that didn’t stop the wine lovers that visited the festival at Brianza Gardens and Winery. There were many visitors enjoying the vendors, Browning’s Ham food truck, the music of Holly Spears, and, of course, the wonderful wine.
Festivities began early in the day, but we arrived in the late afternoon and the vendors were closing down. It was easy to tell that visitors had been enjoying themselves for hours. We were there several hours and had a great time as we always do. We chose Saturday to stop by for the food and the music that was scheduled.
We have been fans of Browning’s Ham and have visited the farm for several years, but this year he has added a food truck and brings his food to fairs, festivals, and events around the state. We had ham sliders that were delicious. We also tasted his ribs and just had to bring some home for later. If you see his big red food truck, be sure to give it a try. The food is really good!
Holly Spears is a well-known singer around Nashville, whose music includes folk, country, pop, and Christian. Her show is excellent. She has a lovely voice and performed some of our favorites, including covers of Chris Stapleton’s Traveller and Maren Morris’s My Church. Holly really puts on a good show and we are looking forward to seeing her again.
The wine is always worth a visit. The new release of Tony’s Cabernet Sauvignon is worth the trip. We also were treated to some birthday cake as Tony and Deb were celebrating Deb’s birthday. It was a really good time!
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This summer, we were introduced to Sagrantino, an amazing new wine, from Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery. This wine is typically found in the province of Umbria, located in Italy just east of Tuscany, not at a North Carolina winery. Raffaldini specializes in Italian varietals and this is a wonderful addition to their line of wines that include Vermentino, Sangiovese, and Montepulciano.
Sagrantino grapes produce a dry, bold, deep rich red wine with flavors of black cherries and spice with earthy characteristics. Our introduction was a pleasant one. We look forward to having more of this wonderful wine. If you love big red wines, give this one a try if you get the chance. You will be glad you did.
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On September 9, Kentucky put its wine on display at the 6th Annual Kentucky Wine Festival. Visitors were treated to food, vendors, live music, and wine. Prodigy Vineyards and Winery, Forest Edge Winery, Purple Toad Winery, Rising Sons Home Farm Winery, Brooks Hill Winery, and Springhill Winery were just a few of the wineries that were pouring their wines. The highlight of the day was the VIP Experience.
Visitors who chose that special experience were given tastes of the states’ wines that had recently won awards at the state competition. Those pours were accompanied by food treats to enhance their flavors. While tasting, some of the best-known figures in the Kentucky wine world shared their knowledge about the wines.
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