Kentucky wineries savor their many awards

Herald-Leader food writerAugust 19, 2010 

"Kentucky's wine industry is back," Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said about the awards Kentucky wineries received at the Indy International Wine Competition earlier this month in West Lafayette, Ind. Kentucky wineries won 32 medals, including two double golds and five golds.

Awards include:

■ Acres of Land Winery in Richmond earned double gold and best of class for its concord wine (the second year in a row that its concord won best of class at Indy), and a silver medal.

■ Jean Farris Winery of Lexington picked up gold medals for its petite sirah (which also was best of class) and cabernet sauvignon, and three bronze medals.

■ Wight-Meyer Vineyard and Winery of Shepherdsville won double gold in the French-American blush/rosé class for its diamond/ concord wine. Its diamond wine earned a gold medal and best of class in the diamond and American late-harvest categories, and its concord was a gold medal winner. The winery also brought home four silver medals.

■ Other Kentucky wineries that won medals were: Black Barn Winery of Lexington; Black Oak Vineyard of Princeton; Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery of Nicholasville; Equus Run Vineyards of Midway; Horseshoe Bend Vineyards and Winery of Willisburg; Lovers Leap Vineyards and Winery of Lawrenceburg; Purple Toad Winery of Paducah; River Valley Winery of Carrollton; StoneBrook Winery of Camp Springs; Talon Winery and Vineyard of Lexington, and Wildside Winery of Versailles.

A complete list is at Indyinternational.org/competition/2010.

In July, three Kentucky wineries won 12 medals, including four golds, from the 2010 Mid-American Wine Competition in Ankeny, Iowa.

■ Harkness Edwards Vineyards of Winchester won three medals, including gold medals for its Vat 32 viognier wine and for the wine's label in the most unique category.

■ Wight-Meyer won gold for its diamond wine and earned five medals in all, the most among Kentucky wineries.

■ Elk Creek Vineyards won a gold medal for the best series label on its Orchard Creek series and three bronze medals. Results are available at Midamericanwine.org.

Going more local

Critchfield Meats is making its traditional jam cake even more local. The bakers are using WindStone Farms' seedless blackberry jam for the holiday cake. WindStone Farms is in Paris. Call (859) 987-0739 or go to Windstonefarms.com. Critchfield market is at 2200 Nicholasville Road. Call (859) 276-4965 or go to Critchfieldmeats.com.

Enjoy it, slowly

On Sunday, the Slow Food Locust Grove Family Picnic will celebrate local food and chefs, green businesses and slow crafters.

Fresh the Movie will be shown at noon and 2 p.m. in the visitors center. The film celebrates the farmers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system.

Fresh features Will Allen, a former professional basketball player who is considered one of the most influential leaders of the food security and urban farming movement.

Admission is $5 a car, free to bikers and walkers. Historic Locust Grove is in Louisville at 561 Blankenbaker Lane, between Brownsboro and River roads.

Call (502) 897-9845 or go to Locustgrove.org.

High Bridge cookbook II

The High Bridge Homecoming Festival introduced its first cookbook in 2005, five years after the park was restored and dedicated. Now, five years later, the second From the Heart of High Bridge cookbook is out.

The book includes the history of High Bridge Park and recipes from area residents. It's $20 plus $5 for shipping and handling, and is available by mail at High Bridge Homecoming Festival, P.O. Box 145, Wilmore, Ky. 40390.

The cookbooks will be for sale at the High Bridge Homecoming Festival, which is Friday through Sunday at the park in Jessamine County. It's on the Kentucky River at the end of Ky. 29, about four miles southwest of Wilmore.

Recipes include Bobbie Jean Johnson's paprika baked chicken with stuffing, Ardath Marston's fresh apple cake, Bonnie Francois' ham loaf and Emily Turski's yummy nothing cake.

Big Green grill-off

Pit masters who have never cooked on a Big Green Egg, here's your chance. Housewarmings' third annual Mega Grill-Off will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Grillers must register in advance at (859) 231-0005 or go to Myhouseoutdoors.com.

Samples of food cooked on the Big Green Egg include slow-roasted pulled pork, smoked salmon, grilled pineapple and peaches, planked brie, grilled chicken, and mini blue cheese burgers. Housewarmings is at 2312 Palumbo Drive.

Reach Sharon Thompson at (859) 231-3321 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3321.

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