Friday, September 11, 2009


So I am on vacation, and while I am “reviewing” a few 2006 Bordeaux reds while I am away from the store, last night my wife and I joined my assistant, Shannon, her mom, Susan, and good friend and co-worker Christina for the Kermit Lynch Wine Dinner at Turfway Park Racing Club last night. Hosted by the folks at Turfway, alongside our friends at Heidelberg Distributing, and winemaker Bruce Neyers serving as our guide for the evening, we ventured into a gourmand’s decadence with a champagne and appetizer reception and a seven-course meal that left all of the guests feeling unbelievably euphoric. Couple the dinner with an evening of horse racing (and horse track betting) and you have what was an extremely unique experience.

The event is part of a series of special events being held by Turfway in honor of their 50th anniversary in the region. It is a great facility, and much to our surprise, has an unbelievably talented chef in the name of Peter Haubi. Classically-trained, chef Peter showed off his old-world skills by turning out one incredible French-inspired dish after another, all paired up with some phenomenal wines from the Kermit Lynch portfolio. From the Veuve-Fourny Brut NV through the Clos Ste. Magdeline Cassis Blanc and Domaine Rousset Crozes-Hermitage, to the Domaine du Durban Muscat de Beaume de Venise – it was an amazing peek at what the Kermit Lynch portfolio has to offer.

Now, I have blogged about Kermit Lynch wines before, and with good reason. The wines Kermit represents are small-production, family-operated wineries, many of which have been in business for over a century (or two). I have always felt that the French section in our store was incomplete, at least until we were finally able to add the wines of Kermit Lynch to our shelves. The value and the quality found in these wines are second-to-none.

I don’t want to drone on about how amazing each sip and each morsel was, because I don’t want to gloat. If you were fortunate enough to attend last night, you know what I mean when I say it was an incredible event, and the folks at Turfway should be proud of the impeccable job they did. If you missed it, you should take a day and go visit Turfway Horse Park, or check out and look for more culinary events like last night. There are not just about horse racing.

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