It’s been a while since I’ve had down time. Between driving, sightseeing, searching for a place to stay for the night, and trying to keep up on posting photos on Instagram and Facebook, my wine blogging has been neglected… I have visited some wineries on the trip, and collected some bottles that have been tucked in underneath my car bed for many thousands of miles across the U.S.
I visited Wildside Winery in Kentucky about midway through the trip, on August 15, 2018. I was on my way into Lexington, and saw the sign on the side of the highway – sometimes you just have to make an impromptu stop.
While I was there, I bought a bottle of the Chambourcin, a grape we don’t see in the Pacific Northwest. I pulled it out to drink, and was impressed with how well it held up to rattling around in my car for the last month and a half. Yea, yea, all you purists out there who store all your wine in perfect temperature conditions and without shaking them up as they roll along thousands of miles of bumpy roads are probably cringing as you read this…
It’s a medium bodied red with notes of cherry and a bit of earth, slightly bolder than the Oregon Pinot Noirs I enjoy so much. Unlike many mid-western wines, this one is bone-dry with almost no residual sugar. Certainly a great purchase for $15!