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Guest Post: Kentucky’s Jean Farris Winery

While Kevin & I are in Alaska, we've asked some friends and
colleagues to post on their wine loves, wine experiences and more. For
this post we welcome Shannan Boyer, a local parenting blogger and one of the driving forces behind Cincinnati Women Bloggers – also one of my close friends! Thanks Shannan!


Every summer our family packs up the car and heads down to
Somerset, KY for a little boating on Lake Cumberland.  The drive down is about 2.5 hours long, giving us plenty of
time to play car games and check out the scenery.  On our drive one of the things I’ve often noticed and have
always been curious about were the road signs posted along I-75 for local

Well this past weekend we headed down for our first trip of
the summer and this time, rather than driving straight through to Somerset, we
decided to be a little adventurous. We decided to pull off outside of Lexington
and visit Jean Farris, a cute vineyard located
off the very scenic Richmond Road.

Not having heard of Jean Farris, we had no idea what to
expect as we drove down Richmond Road. When we finally arrived, we couldn’t
believe how beautiful it was.  The
drive up to the main building was lined with rows and rows of grapes.  It was like nothing we’d ever seen

While normally my husband and I would have sampled a few of
the wines before buying,  the
bistro was not open at the time we arrived, so we went with our guts and purchased
a bottle of their Riesling ($16).

From the label:

Cold fermented to
preserve the bright tropical fruits and citrus notes. This lightly sweet
Germanic white has a delicate balance, and soft floral notes.

Keep in mind I am no Michelle Lentz (ed. note: I think Shannan is doing just fine!), but I have to say that
this was one amazing Riesling. I found it to have a sweet taste and could
definitely identify the citrus notes.  The wine was smooth and I really
enjoyed the fact that it didn’t have a dry aftertaste.  If
you like dry wines, this would not be the wine for you.
This wine was
extremely easy to drink, and in fact, my husband and I finished the entire
bottle in less than an hour – a feat for me – as usually I am a
VERY slow wine drinker.

We are heading back down to Lake Cumberland soon and
I will definitely be picking up a few bottles of their Riesling to have at
home. Overall if I was using Michelle’s rating system, I would
give Jean Farris’ Riesling a giant smiley face.

A local parenting
blogger, Shannan Boyer resides in northern Kentucky with her husband and two
young boys. When she’s not blogging about her family’s many adventures on her
blog Mommy
, she and her family are likely to be found out exploring and
enjoying all that greater Cincinnati has to offer.

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Posted by Michelle at 8:30 am in Guest Writers, Local Wineries, Tastings, Travel, Wineries | Permalink | Comments (6)

6 Responses to “Guest Post: Kentucky’s Jean Farris Winery”

  1. I have also wondered about those places. I’ve seen them advertised on my day trips and wondered if they were decent places to stop.
    That’s a fairly close overnight trip to make to the lake AND to a nice vineyard! Sounds like a good idea!

  2. nice post, Shannan!
    My friends asked me to go to Elk Creek Vineyard (but not to see Darius Rucker). I’m nervous since I’m not a wine drinker!

  3. Beth says:

    Wow I want to see the place that you have you have discussed in your blog. Being a wine lover will enjoy the place the very much as I enjoyed your blog. Keep it up the good work.

  4. Andi – I am not a big wine drinker but find that I usually like sweeter whites. I would just ask the people at Elk Creek to make a recommendation. I am sure they help people like you and I all the time!
    Let me know what it’s like. It’s another Vineyard on our way to Lake Cumberland and I’ve thought about stopping there too.

  5. Laura says:

    Great post, Shannan! You’re making me thirsty. I’m going to have to stop and pick something up at this winery on my way to parents house in Corbin, KY at some point. Sounds like a worthwhile stop!

  6. The educational post helped me very much! Bookmarked your blog, very interesting categories just about everywhere that I read here! I really appreciate the information, thank you.

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