Situated amidst 80 acres of rolling countryside, Chateau de Pique Winery hosts wine tastings inside a fully restored, 19th-century horse barn. Glasses swirl handcrafted wines such as a bold Syrah, a rich, buttery Chardonel, Sweet Mile High, and their award winning First Class Blackberry wine. In warmer months, a 6,500-square-foot tent accommodates up to 350 guests during special events, and two satellite tasting rooms provide sips in Indianapolis and Clarksville year-round.
You’ll have no problem finding a bottle that tickles your fancy at River Bend, where wine tastings and tours are available every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. You’ll be able to savor 14 different Kentucky grape wines that have been produced on-site, ranging from classics like chardonnay and merlot to unique options like pomegranate, rhubarb, and chocolate. While sipping away in the tasting room, you’ll catch a glimpse of River Bend’s processing facility, which is lined with aging wood barrels just like your Uncle Redbeard’s boat. One of the friendly and palate-proficient staff members will gladly answer your questions about vintage varieties or the perfect pairing for your upcoming sardine-pickling event. After you've sipped, sampled, and seduced your taste buds, you will have your choice of two bottles to bring home.
This diverse home-goods store keeps pantries stocked with a large cache of Cellar Door chocolates ($1.20/truffle or $4 for a quarter-pound of bulk chocolate), coffee ($12), and cheeses ($4–$7). The store also vends furniture and home wares, such as chairs ($50–$150), candles ($10–$24), and assorted tchotchkes ($5–$20).
For more than 20 years, Juanita's Place has been supplying Louisville locals with pregame and postgame grazing grounds a stone’s throw from nearby Papa John’s Cardinal stadium and the historic Churchill Downs. Barflies can buzz mesothoraxes over to a table, pausing to admire the hand-carved, Tiger Oak bar, before indulging in half and full servings of appetizers such as mild or hot chicken wings (12 for $6.50). Breaded mushrooms facilitate the tapping-into of inner herbivores (10 for $3; 20 for $5.50), while 12-inch pepperoni or sausage pizzas satisfy bellies without exposing mouths to the jagged dangers of angular cuisine ($7). Feast on succulent, six-pound slabs of tender barbecue ribs (quarter-slab for $7, half-slab for $13, full slab for $24), only available every other Saturday. With the purchase of tasty fare, this Groupon can be used toward Juanita’s Place’s daily selection of cocktails and brews, with drink specials offered seven nights a week.
Westport Whiskey & Wine is an artisanal whiskey and wine shop offering weekly wine, beer, and whiskey tastings ($5–$35) for Louisville's libation lovers. Teach your tongue about tannins, tones, tastes, and temperaments with the knowledge of guest distillers, brewers, vintners, and ol' timey moonshiners. Upcoming tasting events at Westport Whiskey & Wine include "South American Wines Open Bottle Night" on September 23, with quality grapebloods from Antarctica's neighbor to the northwest, and "Whiskey Wednesday Bourbon Cocktail Class" on September 29, with a baroness of bourbon cocktailery offering her insight on the classic Kentucky concoction. The Open Bottle Night series is held every Thursday, and beer tastings also make regular appearances on Westport Whiskey & Wine's calendar. With this deal, you are allowed to bring along guests to help you spend its $25 value. Gather up like-minded connoisseurs of craftsman brews and warlock-wrought wines and make a reservation for a bottleside seat to a Westport Whiskey & Wine tasting.
When Simon Huber arrived in southern Indiana from Baden-Baden, Germany in 1843, he knew how to do two things particularly well: grow fruit and make wine. What started out as Simon's humble, 80-acre operation, today stretches across more than 600 acres as one of the state's oldest wineries. It remains a family business, too, with seventh-generation Hubers at the helm.
Open seven days per week, 12 months a year, the facility features u-pick fruits and veggies, a bakery, a cafe, and even a family farm park. All of this activity bustles above the wine cellar, which resides underground beneath the Huber's restored 1938 barn. There, the family transforms 18 different varieties of grapes into award-winning wines, combining modern equipment with old-world winemaking techniques.