Sharon Thompson: Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest plans another corker

swthompson@herald-leader.comMay 15, 2014 

Sharon Thompson


Local wineries continue to grow in number, and Saturday's Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest in Nicholasville offers an opportunity to taste wine from several regional wineries without traveling all over the state.

Participating wineries are: StoneBrook Winery, Camp Springs; Rose Hill Farm, Butler; Lover's Leap, Lawrenceburg; Elk Creek Vineyards, Owenton; Whitemoon Winery, Lebanon; Eddy Grove, Princeton; and two from Indiana, Indian Creek in Georgetown and Best Vineyards in Elizabeth.

The event also includes Kentucky Proud foods, arts and crafts, and live music.

Tickets for the wine tent are $30. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Go to

On Friday, there will be a wine and tapas party at Euro Wine and Tapas Bar, 102 South Main Street, Nicholasville. Seatings are at 6 and 8:15 p.m. The cost is $40. Wine will be served by wine educator Jordan Painter, and Euro owner Charlie Hensley will prepare the menu, which features spinach- strawberry salad; smoked Gouda with bacon-stuffed mushrooms; slow-roasted pork shoulder on garlic mashed potatoes; and pots de crème with brownies. Call (859) 885-3139 or go to


First Watch Daytime Café's third Lexington restaurant is open at 2251 War Admiral Way, off Sir Barton Way and Winchester Road. The menu features French toast, crepes, pancakes, and omelets for breakfast, and sandwiches and salads for lunch. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Call (859) 263-4737 or go to

The First Watch chain, based in University Park, Fla., opened its first Lexington restaurant, at 3071 Richmond Road, in September 2012 and its second, at 1080 South Broadway, in August. The chain had been in Cincinnati for years but is in the midst of an expansion into Kentucky.

Special events

Smithtown Seafood and West Sixth Brewing, 501 West Sixth Street, will have a "Tanks to Table" beer dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday. Chef Jonathan Sanning will prepare a four-course menu with a fresh catch of the week, scallops, clams and oysters sourced by his Florida fishmonger, Kelly Probst. Just-harvested asparagus and greens from Bluegrass-area farmers will be used in side dishes.

The cost is $45, which includes West Sixth Brewing beers and a firkin specially created for the main course. Call (859) 303-4100 or go to

Unlimited Spirit, 404 Southland Drive, will have a craft beer tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Featured are beers from Highland Brewing Co. in Asheville, N.C. Call (859) 309-2903.

Wildside Winery, 5500 Troy Pike in Versailles, is having a concert Friday to benefit Woodford County's Relay for Life. Open mic starts at 7 p.m., followed by a performance by Johnny Cash tribute artist Ralph Curtis at 8. Tickets are $5. Food will be provided by Furlong's Crazy 'Bout Cajun. Call (859) 879-3982 or go to

Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will have a blind tasting dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Five courses of side-by-side dishes using local, sustainable produce next to large-scale or commodity meats will be served. Diners vote on which tastes best in each course. Results will be given at the end of the dinner. The cost is $55. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to

Farmers market report

Shelley's Hand-Snapped Asparagus farm stand is open on Old Frankfort Pike at Hedden Road. Varieties include purple passion, Martha Washington and Jersey knight. The cost is $5 a pound. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 619-4996.

Bluegrass Farmers' Market will have spring greens, plants, Kobe beef, pork, lamb, eggs, baked goods, and herb seasonings on Saturday. Locations are the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog:

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