March 24, 2015– LOUISVILLE, KY   – Members of the American Wine Society will be in Louisville tomorrow to judge the best vino from wineries around Kentucky and Indiana.  The judging will begin at 9 AM at The Ice House on Main Street, Louisville, KY.

This is the 9th year for the Kentucky Derby Festival Wine Competition, which is part of the Festival’s annual Kentucky Proud WineFest event.  This year 130 wine varietals from 14 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.

 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.

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:

Chrisman Mill- Nicholasville, KY

Prodigy Vineyards and Winery- Frankfort, KY

StoneBrook Winery- Melbourne, KY

Wight-Meyer Vineyards & Winery-Shepherdsville, KY

Elk Creek Vineyards- Owenton, KY

Forest Edge Winery- Shepherdsville, KY

McIntyre’s Winery- Bardstown, 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

Broad Run Vineyards – Louisville, KY 

Some of the winners may be found at the tenth 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 fourth 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 Sponsor: Ashley Furniture HomeStore of Louisville. Media Sponsors: Today’s Woman and Lite 106.9.

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