There’s good news and bad news for fans of Chrisman Mill Vineyard and Winery. The bad news is that the tasting room at the vineyard is closed for the season. We have to wait for spring to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and beautiful views. The good news is that Denise and Chris Nelson have opened a new shop in Nicholasville, called The Vintage Gourmet. Visitors can stop in, taste the wine, buy a bottle, or shop in the uniquely stocked gift shop. Gift items range from gourmet foods, such as pastas and sauces, to wine related objects. I found a wine glass case for my phone there. All my wine lover friends want one too now.
The new shop is easy to get to, but not as easy to find. It is located on Nicholasville Road before the turn into Nicholasville, the number is 2205. If you are traveling south, it is located on the right hand side of the road. For those who like landmark directions, it is next to an Enterprise office.
Wine lovers may miss the vineyard, but hopefully the winter will be short. The new shop is great. You will love it.by admin
No visit to Brown County is complete without a visit to Brown County Winery. Our favorites there are their Old Barrel Port and their Black Raspberry Encore. Both are stronger than wines and are sweeter. They are perfect for sipping with dessert, after dinner, or as a nightcap.
Since our visit last year, there were some additions to the winery. A deck was added that gives visitors a chance to relax and enjoy a bottle of wine outside. Unfortunately, we were there on a rainy, dreary day and didn’t sit outside. We enjoyed a chance to shop in the gift area of the tasting room and catch glimpses of the wine making process.
You can also stop in at the tasting room in downtown Nashville.
We made our annual trip to Nashville, Indiana, and enjoyed ourselves, but the weather was not that good. Much of the time we were there, it was raining. Anyone who has visited that lovely town knows that walking along the streets and visiting shops is one of the reasons for your trip. It was interesting to see all of the visitors scurrying from one shop to another. Everyone did seem to be enjoying themselves. We did.
One of our favorite times was our trip to Oliver Winery just a short trip north of Bloomington. While the day was dreary outside with the beautiful views slightly damp, inside was warm and cozy. The wine was excellent as always. Bill Olivers’s Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorites. It has the flavors of citrus and melon and a crisp finish. Mike’s favorite is the full fruit flavors of the Shiraz. This year, I also enjoyed a new Blackberry cider.
We took a break from the rainy weather, and enjoyed some wine in the barrel room. What better way to spend a wet day!
Mike and I wish you, your families, and your friends a wonderful holiday. We’ll be snuggling in front of a roaring fire, enjoying the tree, and having some excellent Kentucky wine. Pour a glass of your favorite and lift a glass – here’s to a great season with loved ones and peace on earth!
Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Have a bottle of your favorite wine, whether a red or a white, and enjoy the company and the food.
Thanksgiving is a good time to relax and reflect on all those who make life so special. Have a great day!by admin
Visitors to Prodigy are in for a treat. Last month the old tasting room was closed and visitors now can enjoy tastings at the vineyard. The new tasting room is large with various amenities that many will find pleasing. The gift shop, while larger, offers the same unique, fun, wine-related items. A raised stage for entertainment, a fireplace surrounded by comfortable seating, more seating, and a larger tasting bar are all very welcoming for those visitors who find their way there when visiting the state’s capital. Wine lovers, who have made Prodigy one of their favorites, will be pleased to find that the Prodigy tasting room is still a great place to relax and enjoy some of the best wine in the state.
Last weekend, Brianza welcomed visitors to an event that had it all — great wine, delicious food, good music, gracious hosts, and a great atmosphere. Local food vendors shared cheese and beer cheese during the day. During the early evening, we were treated to a sausage on a baguette, with a wonderful Marinara sauce. Both the sausage and the Marinara are made for the winery locally, using Tony’s special recipes. Of course, there was wine. Brianza features both white and red wines, offering dry and sweeter tastes. Rucca, a local duo, performed a wide variety of songs, from Johnny Cash and June Carter to the Indigo Girls.
A lot of wine lovers are finding their way to Brianza. Though only open for a few months, the winery has created a well-deserved reputation for themselves. This is definitely a place to visit over and over.
Visitors to the KentuckyWineLover know about the new book I’ve been working on for the last few months. The last couple of months have been hectic with lots of experimentation and cooking with wine. Denise Nelson and I have been working on the book and trying out recipes and making decisions about what we want to include. Hopefully, we’ll have some news soon about what’s included and when you can expect a release.by admin
Fall is the time for festivals in Kentucky, celebrating everything from ham to apples. Wine lovers will find celebrations of wine as well.
Bullitt County will once again host a wine festival on September 25 &26, at the Bullitt County fairgrounds. Go to www.bestkywineries.com for details about hours and times.
The Northern Kentucky Wine Festival will be held at MainStrasse in Covington on October 17. Visit http://www.mainstrasse.org/ for information about the upcoming festival.
In Lexington, on October 24, wineries from the state will also pour tastes at the Incredible Food Show held in Lexington Center next to Rupp Arena.
Many of the wineries host their own events. Check out the website of your favorite winery to look for their event or go to the Kentucky wine page at kentuckywine.com
Festivals are a fun way to try wines from many wineries so you can choose which ones to visit.by admin
Central Virginia’s wineries are some of the finest in the state. Keswick Vineyards is one of the best. Located on the historic Edgewood Estate, the vineyard covers 40 acres. The drive to the tasting room winding through the vineyard in lovely and inviting, making visitors enthusiastic to try the wine. We have always found our visit to be enjoyable and the wine to be special.
Our favorite wine this visit is Trevillian Red, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petit Verdot. The wine is a superb big red with fruity aromas and flavors of dark fruits and coffee.
You will want to plan a visit if you’re in Virginia. The trip is worth it. The vineyards, the tasting room, and the wine make the visit one to remember.