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June 18, 2007 | Michelle Lentz

Interestingly, and something I only learned this year, is that Kentucky had one of the first commercial grape-growing ventures when the Ky Vineyard Society was officially formed in 1799. Yep - Ky. Then all those fields went to tobacco, and now they're being converted back into vineyards. Who knew?

June 19, 2007 | Ryan Fujiu

Yeah, I would have never thought that Southern states would be good for growing grapes, but i guess they are. I would be interested in trying some wine from Virginia or Kentucky...

June 19, 2007 | Jessica Diamond

Interesting article Ryan. Its like a history lesson on wine in the U.S, how fun. Not to sound like a snob, but I don't know about Virginia or Kentucky wine. They should probably stick to nascar.

June 20, 2007 | Michelle Lentz

We recently judged the Kentucky Wine Festival competition. We were surprised at the quality of the vinifera. Granted, there are still a lot of blueberry, blackberry, etc wines in Ky, but the vinifera selection is improving. We particularly enjoyed the Elk Creek sangiovese, and Talon had some Traminette that we liked as well. The real story, though, is in the Ohio wines right across the river. Kinkead Ridge, in particular, creates some excellent vinifera wines. I used to judge wines based on state, but not anymore. Kinkead Ridge taught me a lesson that their wines are every bit as good as California or Washington. I'm impressed with all the states now getting into the winemaking business. It's a labor of love for each winemaker, no matter what state or what fruit.

June 21, 2007 | Steve Rindle

Michelle, I agree with you. I've had great wines from places where you would never think would be good grape growing territory, and terrible wines from Oakville and Rutherford; places where you would think only produce great wine. Diamondgirl; the nascar thing is funny, but come on, southern states can produce good wine too.

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