Spring time will be here before we know it and one of my favorite things to do is go on road trips and visit wineries that are along the way. It’s a great way to check out new wines and I’m not one to turn down a chance to support small businesses either. You know just doing my part to help the economy…LOL. Here’s a trip a took a few years back that I’m hoping to visit again this year.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Purple Toad Winery in Paducah, Kentucky. Any time we take a road trip, one of the first things I do is to check and see which wineries we will pass on the way there or back home. Several came up, but the Name “Purple Toad” just sounded like it would be a cool place to visit and the reviews on Yelp were pretty good.
Purple Toad Winery is located on the edge of Paducah, Kentucky. The name “Purple Toad Winery” originated from the color of your toes when grapes were pressed the old-fashioned way. They combine modern wine making techniques with old world knowledge to produce award-winning wines. The winery is quaint and just off the beaten path. Once we arrived we were greeted by Shadow, a black labrador, who quickly made his way onto the sun porch since it was so darn hot and humid! Inside the shop there were several gifts and wine related items available for purchase. Ian, our server, was so nice and handed me a listing of all of their wines. Since I would be driving home I decided I’d limit my tastings (which are free) to just four. 😉
The four wines I tried were Grant’s Pomegranate, Sangria, Black & Blue and Lauren’s Blackberry. I immediately knew that I would be buying Grant’s Pomegranate! It had a sweet taste, but not so sweet that you felt like you were drinking kool-aid…LOL! So for my 2nd bottle I just chose something that would be a nice good-bye to Summer and chose Sangria.
Ian also showed us where they bottle up the wine as well as where the wine is fermented! It was so nice to get a behind the scenes look at the beautiful winery. After I finish my tastings, the girls and I took a stroll around the property. It was so nice to see the grapes growing on the vines and of course my 4-year-old wanted to taste them all!
So glad that we stopped at the winery and I will definitely be back the next time I’m in Paducah, KY! If you are in that area, be sure to stop by and do a tasting. You won’t be disappointed!
So what’s your favorite winery to visit? Please share and maybe I’ll get a chance to visit it on one of my many road trips! Take care and remember to drink responsibly!