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Epicurean Kentuckian: Cheers to Boathouse Winery

A Wine-Lovers Guide to Columbia, KY: 'Overall, my experience at Boat House Winery encompassed the future I have wanted for Columbia for a long time. Here is a place where tourists and locals alike can gather, try something new, and simply enjoy the incredible hospitality (and wine!) that South Central Kentucky has to offer. Whether you know about the tannins or simply know about having a good time, there is a place for you at Boat House Winery.' - HEATHER LAUREN JACKSON
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By Heather Lauren Jackson
Guest/Personal Commentary

This summer, celebrating my graduation from Vanderbilt, I visited six new countries. I hopped alongside kangaroos in Sydney, ate pasta in Rome, and stood before the remains of the Wall in Berlin. My experience was amazing, and I am honored to have been able to see so much beyond my own backyard. However, after logging over 50 hours in planes and 10 hours on trains, I was very excited to return home for some much needed R&B (Rest & Betty's Breakfast).


There's something stirring here, in Columbia, KY

Now to a casual observer, not a lot has changed in Columbia over the past couple of years, but if you look a bit closer there's something stirring here. Empty storefronts have been replaced with budding businesses; the Farmer's Market has tripled in size, and I seem to be noticing far more out-of-towners than normal. It looks to me that the culprit is the same one that occasionally convinces you to dance and also follows you to the tailgates: alcohol.


'I know how not to chill reds . . . and that it's Mur-Low. . .

Unfortunately, I don't actually know a whole lot about wine. I know not to chill reds, to pair Cabernet Sauvignon with steak, and that it's Mur-Low, not Mur-Lot. Other than that, I just know what tastes good. And geeze, the wines at Boat House Winery sure do taste good.

Eager to hand in $4 to tast six different wines from Bloomfield-based winery

Being the 22-year-old that I am, I was eager to hand in my $4 to taste six different wines from the Bloomfield-based winery. Yes, that's right. These are not wines from such foreign lands as France or, heaven forbid, California. These are wines made right here in our great state of Kentucky. The realization that you can make great wine in Kentucky really had me questioning why I went to France in the first place (I later realized it was for the cheese, which pairs really well with wine).

Fell madly in love with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend

After admitting I didn't know much about wine, my friendly hostess (who I may or may not share a large portion of DNA with) walked me through the wine list and helped me choose some tastings based on flavors I preferred. Of these, I fell madly in love with the Kentucky Roots, which is a Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend that's aged in an oak barrel (all Kentuckians know that things aged in barrels are better things). I also had the distinct privilege of indulging in some of the Wineshines, or wines fortified with brandy. Wineshines are quite wonderful because they contain all the snobbiness and deliciousness of drinking wine with the distinct advantage of being almost 50 proof. If my memory serves me correctly (which I hope it does, I didn't have that many glasses), they come in such flavors as pomegranate, blackberry, and mango.

Experience encompassed the future writer always wanted for Columbia

Overall, my experience at Boat House Winery encompassed the future I have wanted for Columbia for a long time. Here is a place where tourists and locals alike can gather, try something new, and simply enjoy the incredible hospitality (and wine!) that South Central Kentucky has to offer. Whether you know about the tannins or simply know about having a good time, there is a place for you at Boat House Winery. - Heather Lauren Jackson The writer, Heather Lauren Jackson, is the daughter of Trish Zatkoff, manager of The Boat House Winery. She was valedictorian of 2013 class at Adair County High School and is a 2017 graduate of Vanderbilt University. 2013 graduate of Adair County High School

The Boat House Winery, 808 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY. Phone 270-384-1044. The Boat House Winery, 808 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY. OWNER IS James E. O'Daniel. Hours are 11am-6opmCT, Tue-Wed-Thu and 11am-9pmCT, Fri & Sat. Headquarters, Bloomfield, KY. Manager, Trish Zatkoff


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Epicurean Kentuckian: Cheers to Boat House Winery



2017-07-30 - 808 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Eli Jackson (c).
The 2013 graduate of Adair County High School, and 2013 graduate of Vanderbilt University, is back from travels to six countries and has discovered some more than subtle changes in Columbia, KY - a big one on the food and wine scene. She writes: "After spending a week in France, I have been calling myself a wine connoisseur. I sniff and swirl my wine, and I always comment on the tannins. If you don't know what tannins are, that's okay. I don't either. I just always comment on them. So when I noticed the large illuminated sign for "Boat House Winery" filling the void of where the old Prescription Shoppe used to be, I was more than ready to show off my wine knowledge and stop in. Oh, and my mom works there. That was my other reason for stopping in."

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