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Home Winemaking Pro: Dry Finish

The Cat’s Meow Vineyard has been the moniker for my homemade winemaking operation in Warsaw, Kentucky for the past four years. My eight cats that “patrol” the grounds were the inspiration for the name of this little vineyard. Now, what started off as a hobby for the home is now headed for the commercial realm. I started with blueberry wine, which won medals in several national competitions, and have since moved on to a variety of fruit wines, and of course, growing grapes. After planting an experimental patch of Cabernet Franc three years ago, this year 250 Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc vines were planted, with 250 more slated for next spring. My decision to go from a home winemaking operation to a commercial operation took place, in part, because of my involvement with a blossoming group of winemakers and grape growers in the region. Kentucky winemaking and grape growing dates back to the late 1700s, when the first commercial winery in the United States was formed by Jean-Jacques Dufour on the Kentucky River, just south of Lexington. For