Wednesday, March 06, 2013

A digression on Bullitt County wineries.

I'm delighted for Steve Coomes. See what I mean? Remove "Bullitt County" and replace with "Southern Indiana," and it's exactly what this blogging beer guy has been saying for at least five years, maybe more.

To understand why a portion of my craft beer time is spent advocating for local wineries, consider that for me, rooting for the underdog is a genetic necessity.

So is a chronic inability to refrain from informing those possessing misguided views, in the loudest possible terms, that they're off base. In terms of locally made wine, they need to give these wineries a chance. They need only visit the winery, tell winery staff that sweet wines aren't to their taste, and ask for samples of drier wines.

But it's deeper than this with me. I remember when the only good beer we could get came from far away, and how much I wanted it to be from here, instead. Now that the Louisville metro area (and the extended region) has plenty of good beer made close by, there remain substantial numbers of beer drinkers continuing to insist that for a beer to be good, it must come from far, far away.

Bullshit. We make great beer hereabouts, and great wine, too. The very least I expect of alleged experts is to acknowledge it, for the best and simplest reason of all: I'm telling the truth.

Take it away, Steve. Great article, indeed.


Bullitt County winery tour surprises cynic and signals promise for burgeoning industry

The drive up to Brooks Hill Winery is one of the area’s most scenic. Ascending the winding two-lane, rock-walled stretch happens quickly and makes your ears pop. At the top of the knob the view opens; several hundred feet below is the convergence of Bullitt and Jefferson Counties, an impressive vista that’s worth the drive by itself.
The grounds at Brooks Hill Winery.
But you don’t make the drive just for lookin’, you drive about 10 minutes beyond the southern edge of Metro Louisville to taste wine, quality wine made right here in Kentucky.
My guide on this Bullitt County winery tour is Tom Kohler, a full-time CPA, amateur winemaker and studied oenophile who’s nudged me for months to join him on a visit to all four Bullitt County wineries.

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