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.
Wine lovers have a reason to celebrate today. On this day in history in 1933, the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution repealed the 18th Amendment. For those who are not history buffs, that brought an end to Prohibition of the production and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the United States.
While some wineries continued to exist during Prohibition, the only wines created were for communions. Most just closed their doors from 1919 to 1933 and were slow to begin again. Laws in Kentucky were so restrictive that the wine industry didn’t restart until the 1990s.
Oddly enough, rather than waning, the popularity of wine grew during Prohibition because a clause in an act that defined enforcement of the amendment allowed for the making of wine for personal consumption by the head of households. Wine became a homemade treat.
So wine lovers, raise a toast to the 21st Amendment whose sole purpose was to end Prohibition.by admin
You always read about Governors and wine writers choosing their favorite wines that would fill a case. Governors, of course, choose from their state’s wineries; while writers are choosing wines from anywhere to recommend to their readers. As a self-proclaimed wine lover, I’ve wanted to select twelve wines to recommend for quite a while. My Kentucky Wine Lover’s case will be a selection of reds, whites, fruits, and dessert wines from across the state.
Dry Red Wines
Dry White Wines
Sweet Dessert Wines
My suggestion whenever choosing a wine, whether to go with food or to drink alone, is the wine should be one you will enjoy. While it is true that particular wines will enhance certain foods, you are more likely to enjoy yourself if you love the wine.
Thanksgiving dinners raise a lot of questions. Is your menu the traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings, what is your budget, who are you breaking bread with, and do your guests enjoy wine are the most pressing. Traditional Thanksgiving dinners have a range of flavors and to match each course, several (maybe many) different wines are called for and this would be costly. The more people you are sharing your meal with, the costlier it becomes. Some guests might not even want wine. (Really, you know people like that?) So, deciding on the wine is not a quick choice.
I looked at suggestions I’ve made it the past and really can’t improve on them. 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 spicy style of wine for the holidays, such as Prodigy Vineyard and Winery’s Holiday Cheer, a blended wine with added spices.
Hope your Thanksgiving is a good one! Enjoy the day!
One of the best wineries in Central Virginia is very small and visitors are welcomed to an intimate tasting room with service from members of the family. Aromas of freshly baked bread fill the room as you walk in and you get to taste some of the bread along with your wines.
Gabriele Rausse Winery is set in the middle of a wooded area. One could miss finding it, if they are not careful. But take care because you certainly don’t want to miss it. Each wine you are poured in of great quality. It’s just a matter of finding the one you like to best. We love the red blend, Rosso. The flavors and aromas are perfectly suited to any Italian wine lovers tastes.
This visit as we were leaving I noticed a white called Malvasia Bianca. They were basically out of it but I was able to taste it. The wine has the aromas of tropical fruits and flowers. The flavors are tropical as well. Most wines made with Malvasia Bianca are done somewhat sweet, at the very least off dry. This one however was dry and delicious. I was able to purchase their last bottle, and opened it this week. My memories of how good the wine was were not exaggerated. Hopefully, there will be more in the future at the winery.
We made our fifth visit to Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery earlier this month and have agreed that they just get better and better with each visit. The grounds, the vineyard, the gorgeous villa tasting room, and the amazing wines combine to make Raffaldini one of the premier wineries in North Carolina. They are definitely our favorite!
We visited Virginia again this summer and spent three days visiting Barboursville: staying and relaxing at the 1804 Inn, tasting reserve wines in the Library at the tasting room, dining at the Palladio Restaurant, exploring the Octagon room, the grapes and the grounds around the vineyard, and the ruins of the Governors mansion, and finally buying wine in the gift shop before leaving. It was fabulous! Hope you enjoy a few of our photos.
Another day to celebrate wine – August 28 is National Red Wine Day. The question is what red? What is your favorite? My answer years ago was a well-made Sangiovese, but now there are many more choices to consider. Here’s a list of my favorite reds: Sangiovese (still), Barbera, Nebbiolo, Lemberger, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Norton, Tempranillo, as well as several red blends.
But, it’s Red Wine Day, not Red Wine Week, so I will have to choose. We will definitely raise a glass to toast red wines. Hope you enjoy a glass or two?by admin