3/21/2014 – BEST WINES IN KENTUCKIANA JUDGED NEXT WEEK

AMERICAN WINE SOCIETY IN TOWN FOR DERBY FESTIVAL WINE JUDGING

March 21, 2014– LOUISVILLE, KY   – Members of the American Wine Society will be in Louisville next week to judge the best vino from wineries around Kentucky and Indiana.  The judging will begin at 9 AM on Tuesday, March 25, at the Brown Hotel in the Louisville Room (3rd Floor).

This is the 8th year for the Kentucky Derby Festival Wine Competition, which is part of the Festival’s annual Kentucky Proud WineFest event.  This year 162 wine varietals from 19 Kentucky and Indiana wineries will participate in the competition. They will be judged in one of several different categories:  White or Red Native American, Hybrid or Vinifera, Non–Grape or Dessert wine.

The judging panel is composed of 12 experts from the American Wine Society who will use their experience to score the wines based on appearance, bouquet, taste/texture, aftertaste and overall impression.  Since the wines are judged on a points scale it is possible to have multiple gold, silver and bronze winners in a given category.

The winning wine makers will see the fruits of their labor as they promote their wine as the best in the region and tote the prestige that comes with winning the award.

Participating vineyards to be judged:

 
 
Millanova Winery- Mt. Washington, KY
Chrisman Mill- Nicholasville, KY
WhiteMoon Winery, LLC- Lebanon, KY
Prodigy Vineyards and Winery- Frankfort, KY
Broad Run Vineyards- Louisville, KY
StoneBrook Winery- Melbourne, KY
Talon Winery- Shelbyville, KY
Wight-Meyer Vineyards & Winery-Shepherdsville, KY
Elk Creek Vineyards- Owenton, KY

 

 

 

 

Generation Hill- Alexandria, KY
Rose Hill Farm Winery- Erlanger, KY
Best Vineyards-Elizabeth, IN
Purple Toad Winery- Paducah, KY
Old 502 Winery- Louisville, KY

Rising Sons Winery- Lawrenceburg, KY

Huber’s Winery- Starlight, IN
Indian Creek- Georgetown, IN
Forest Edge Winery- Shepherdsville, KY
McIntyre’s Winery- Bardstown, KY

Millanova Winery- Mt. Washington, KY
Chrisman Mill- Nicholasville, KY
WhiteMoon Winery, LLC- Lebanon, KY
Prodigy Vineyards and Winery- Frankfort, KY
Broad Run Vineyards- Louisville, KY
StoneBrook Winery- Melbourne, KY
Talon Winery- Shelbyville, KY
Wight-Meyer Vineyards & Winery-Shepherdsville, KY
Elk Creek Vineyards- Owenton, KY

 

 

 
 
Coverage Note: This event is not open to the public, but the media is welcome to attend the judging. There will be multiple photo and video opportunities of the wines and wine judging. Interviews with the wine judges and wine makers will also be available.

 

 

 

Some of the winners may be found at the ninth annual Kentucky Proud Kentucky Derby Festival WineFest set for Tuesday, April 29, and Wednesday, April 30, returning on the Belvedere at Waterfront Park for its third year.  The WineFest will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both days.  This year’s WineFest will feature 19 wineries from Kentucky and Indiana. Tickets are $40 and available online at www.kdf.org or by calling (502) 584-FEST. Sponsor: Kentucky Proud. Contributing sponsors are Today’s Woman and Lite 106.9.

The Kentucky Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

 

For more information, contact:

Derby Festival Press Office at (502) 584-FEST

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