Last night I went to the Swiss Wine Festival, it had a little of everything. The setting was a quaint little town rested on the Ohio River and everyone was so friendly. I had a lot of fun there were local artists selling their work, great food booths, rides, some interesting contests (I entered in the grape stomping contest – lost), live music, parades, beer garden, and of course the wine pavilion.
There were over 12 wineries that participated and there were over 100 wines to choose from. Most of the wines I tasted were very sweet and overdone. (I tried a few and then I’d get something to eat or stroll through the art booths and come back to try others.) If you like sweet wines then this is your Mecca. But…with that being said there were a few wineries and wines that towered over the rest and knocked my socks off.
Buck Creek Winery http://www.buckcreekwinery.com/ was a great winery that showed potential. These guys started planting their grapes back in 1991, very young winery. Their Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Grady’s Hard Cider were all very good. In fact I bought a few bottles to take home, this is a winery worth visiting and watch blossom in the future.
French Lick Winery http://www.frenchlickwinery.com/ another great young winery that was established in 1995. I tried a variety of wines that will stand up to some California wines. Their sweet wines were not over done that didn’t linger on your pallet like others. (Their Cherry wine is divine) The dry wines were the ones that could stand up against the California Reds. The Chambourcin (a dry red hybrid) was very nice, aged in American Oak barrels that didn’t leave your mouth bitter. Honestly I bought 8 different bottles of wine from them, they know what they are doing.
The Ridge Winery http://www.theridgewinery.com/
The Black Jack – Blackberry/Apple wine – tasty
Blush – only 2% residual sugars – crisp and clean finish
Powers’ Winery http://www.powerswine.com/
White Cranberry Pinot Gris – not tart and light to the taste.
The overall experience was great, if you don’t have any plans tonight or tomorrow check it out. http://www.swisswinefestival.org/
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