Wineries from Paducah, Lexington, Versailles and rural Warren County took top honors at the inaugural Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition last month in Louisville.
The Paducah Peach wine from Purple Toad Winery in Paducah won the Commissioner's Cup as the best sweet wine and earned one of two double gold honors awarded in the competition. The 2009 reserve chambourcin from Wildside Winery of Versailles was named best dry red.
The 2012 Taste of the Sun vidal blanc from Harkness Edwards Vineyards of Lexington was named best dry white. Black raspberry wine from Reid's Livery Winery of Alvaton took the Commissioner's Cup for best boutique wine.
The Commissioner's Cup awards were presented to the best of the gold medal-winning wines that were made of at least 75 percent Kentucky fruit.
Elk Creek Vineyards earned the only other double gold medal awarded in the competition for its Kentucky blue riesling. Gold medals went to Purple Toad (three), Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery of Shepherdsville (three), Wildside (three), Brooks Hill Winery of Brooks (two), Baker-Bird Winery of Augusta, Harkness Edwards Vineyards of Winchester, Old 502 Winery of Louisville, Reid's Livery Winery, Rising Sons Home Farm Winery of Lawrenceburg, Springhill Winery of Bloomfield, and Talon Winery of Lexington. Go to Competition. kentuckywine.com.
Classes with Phil Dunn
Before cooking instructor Phil Dunn takes a working vacation to Italy, he's offering a series of classes. They are held at Architectural Kitchens & Baths, 345 Lafayette Avenue. Classes, at $50, begin at 6 p.m. Call (859) 533-3553 or email Phildunn1948@gmail.com.
Dates and topics are:
Friday: Basic sweet yeast dough and variations.
Monday: Entree pies for easy entertaining.
Thursday: Quiches and tarts.
Sept. 4: Tomatoes.
Sept. 7: Pasta.
Sept. 10: Classic comfort foods.
Local vendors at the mall
Local food vendors will be at the Williams-Sonoma store at Fayette Mall on Sunday. Featured at the Artisan Market, from 2 to 6 p.m., are Caffe Marco; The Weekly Juicery; The Pretentious Beer Glass Co., which makes hand-blown beer glasses; and Richard McAlister from Marksbury Farm Market. Call (859) 272-5856.
West Sixth in festival
West Sixth Brewery, 501 West Sixth Street, will participate in the first CANvitational canned craft beer festival in Indianapolis on Sept. 28.
The Sun King Brewery's CANvitational will feature more than 30 craft breweries at Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza. Tickets, available online at Canvitational.com, are $50 for general admission and $75 for early entry.
Each brewery was selected because of the quality of beer it produces, and the festival will feature breweries that can the beers. For decades, the beer bottle was seen as the premier container; however, because of breweries like those participating in the CANvitational, a canning renaissance has put pint cans, tall boys and the 12-ounce standard back on the map in a new light, according to Sun King owner Clay Robinson. Go to Sunkingbrewing.com or Westsixth.com.
Cooking star in Louisville
Damaris Phillips, a cooking instructor in Louisville, won her own cooking show as the newest Food Network Star.
Phillips is a Jefferson Community and Technical College graduate with a degree in culinary arts. Her concept is a show called Eat Date Love where she teaches bachelors how to cook Southern food to impress their dates. Go to Foodnetwork.com.