My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Monday, April 26, 2010

Kentucky Wines

And you thought I would forget about the wine for your Kentucky Derby Party, never. Kentucky may be best known for bourbon, but there is a prospering wine industry in Kentucky that is just as unique to our culture as the Kentucky Derby.

Home to the first commercial vineyard in the U.S. Kentucky once produced more than half of the nations grapes.

There are more than 50 vineyards and winery's in Kentucky. Most would love for you to stop by for a tour and a sample. Google, Kentucky Wines and plan your tasting day.

I have certainly not visited all of the vineyards but a few of my favorites are:

Broad Run Vineyards and Winery - Louisville, Kentucky
Chrisman Mills Vineyards and Winery - Nicholasville, Kentucky
Equus Run Vineyards and Winery - Midway, Kentucky
Seven Wells Vineyard and Winery - California, Kentucky
Talon Winery and Vineyard - Lexington, Kentucky

If you are not sure about wines for your party ask your favorite liquor store person to help. They should be trained to make suggestions, but for your derby party ask for a Kentucky wine, you ask for Kentucky bourbon don't you?

Do your liquor and wine shopping early before the crowds arrive and the selection is limited. Have a wonderful party.


  1. Where the heck is California, Kentucky? I think we need to plan a "Tour of Kentucky's Wine Country" weekend!

  2. California, Ky. is located in Campbell County, Ky., in the Cincinnati metro area, on the Ky. side of the Ohio River. It dates back to the 1800's, though most of the records were lost in floods. The population in the 2000 census was 86.

    I seriously think a wine country tour is in order and soon.


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