Spotlight on ROY Estate

March 9, 2012 11:32 am

Shirley Roy, proprietor of ROY Estate, will be one of the many vintners to participate in the 2012 Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala. She joins LCF for a second year and will be serving her award winning wines at the auction.

ROY Estate got its start in 1999 after Shirley and her husband, Charles, purchased a southern Napa Valley property with the goal of beginning their own winery. Both originally from the East Coast and having spent more than 20 years in owning and operating  executive suites in New Jersey, a winery in California was a new adventure. The two worked with renowned winemaker Helen Turley to design the vineyard to plant cabernet, merlot and petit verdot.

The 17 acre vineyard produce wines that are estate grown and the motto at ROY Estate’s is to make the best wines possible.

One of the best in the business Phillippe Melka, Food & Wine Magazine “Winemaker of the Year” in 2005, joined ROY Estate as winemaker in April 2005. Melka concentrates on creating a Proprietary Red blend and a cabernet sauvignon.

ROY Estate’s 2007 Proprietary Blend, a dry table wine, received four out of four stars from Food & Wine Magazine Wine Guide 2011.

This varietal has been rated a prestigious 94 points by such wine publications as Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

ROY Estate’s reds will be served for guests to swirl, sip and enjoy at the 2012 Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala, May 3, 2012. Visit the ‘KY Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala’ section of this site for more information about the auction.  To learn more about ROY Estate, go to www.royestate.com 

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Spotlight on Revana Family Vineyard

March 2, 2012 11:40 am

“Wine is one of nature’s most welcome and wholesome of gifts.”- Dr. Madaiah Revana

Revana Family Vineyard wines were sip and swirled by guests at the 2010 Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala. Dr. Madaiah Revana served as the vintner chair in 2010.

Two years ago, LCF was honored to have Dr. Madaiah Revana, proprietor of Revana Family Vineyard serve as the 2010 Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala Vintner Chair. Dr. Revana devoted much of his time and energy to make the 2010 event a success. We appreciate his generosity and continued support.

LCF will welcome back Dr. Revana to the Bluegrass this May for his participation in the 2012 Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala. Dr. Revana will bring along his world class wines, including his Revana Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

In 1997, while visiting the Napa Valley, Dr. Revana discovered a small parcel of prime vineyard land just north of the town of St. Helena. He immediately sensed the property’s potential. The area was already known for producing some of the world’s most sought after Cabernet Sauvignon, and the property’s gravelly soils, sloped pitch, and excellent exposures seemed perfect for growing grapes. Studies of the soil composition confirmed that it was an ideal location for premium Bordeaux varieties. His next step was to build a team that could implement his vision.

Guests at the 2012 Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala will not only get to swirl the Revana wines but taste varietals from Dr. Revana’s Oregon vineyards, Alexana Winery. Pinot Noirs and Rieslings from the Willamette Valley in Oregon will accompany his famous Napa Valley varietals.

Visit the ‘Wine Auction’ section of this site for more information about the auction.  To learn more about Revana Family Vineyard, go to http://www.revanawine.com

Spotlight on Domaine Serene

February 17, 2012 12:52 pm

Domaine Serene “Yamhill Cuvee” Pinot Noir

Making the trip to Lexington this May for the 2012 Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala is Ken and Grace Evenstad, proprietors of Domaine Serene.

Originally from Minnesota, the Evanstad couple now calls the Dundee Hills region of Oregon home. After many years as wine enthusiasts, the two decided to pursue the dream of owning a vineyard. In 1989, the two purchased 150 acres in Oregon with the goal to plant, grow and produce a world class pinot noir.

Domaine Serene, named after Ken and Grace’s daughter Serene, has become known as one of the best producers of Oregon’s pinot noirs. In 2008, the “Evenstad Reserve” Pinot Noir was named “Best of Tasting” in the Wall Street Journal.  In 2011, the “Grace Vineyard,” a 2008 Pinot Noir received 97 points from Wine Spectator Magazine, the highest score ever given to an Oregon wine. In fall of 2011, the same vintage was named one of the Top 100 Wines of 2011 by Wine Spectator Magazine.

The Evenstad’s will bring their highly regarded Domaine Serene pinot noir varietals to the 2012 Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala for guests to swirl and sip. The Lexington Cancer Foundation is honored to have Ken and Grace join in the festivities this year!

Visit the ‘KY Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala’ section of this site for more information about the auction.  To learn more about Domaine Serene, go to www.domaineserene.com

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