The next edition of Kentucky Life, hosted by Dave Shuffett, focuses on some food and drink unique to Kentucky. The program visits Cedar Creek Vineyards in Pulaski County; finds a Warren County historical marker that recounts Bowling Green native Duncan Hines' career; watches how cheese is made at Good Shepherd Cheese, a sheep-milk dairy in Bath County; visits Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. in Bardstown; and meets food blogger Joyce Pinson, whose blog is attracting national attention. The program airs Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8/7 p.m. CT and Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4/3 p.m. CT on KET.
More than 200 years after the first commercial vineyard in America was established along the Kentucky River in what is now Jessamine County, and almost 100 years after Prohibition put an end to what was the third-largest grape and wine production in the nation, grapes are once again growing in Kentucky soil and Kentuckyís wines are achieving international acclaim. Shuffett visits Cedar Creek Vineyards in Pulaski County and talks with several winemakers about what makes Kentucky the perfect place to grow grapes and what the resurgence of the industry means to the state.
Then, at a time when they might have begun considering a relaxing retirement, Sanford and Colleen Dotson felt what they said was a spiritual stirring to become shepherds. They bought a Bath County farm and a small flock of East Friesian sheep and began the first licensed sheep-milk dairy in Kentucky. Their Good Shepherd Cheese is based on a recipe thatís been popular in the Basque region of the Pyrenees Mountains for centuries.
The program also visits Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc., which was founded in Bardstown shortly after Prohibition ended. Today it is the largest independent family-owned and operated producer and marketer of distilled spirits in the country.
Kentucky Life also gets to know Joyce Pinson, whose grandparents ran a restaurant called Friends Drift Inn. Today, thatís the name of Pinsonís blog, which has attracted the attention of food writers and nationally famous chefs, as well as a devoted local following in the Pikeville area. She blogs about gardening and cooking, posts her recipes and those from the many Kentucky chefs with whom sheís become friends, and more. In her blog, Pinson shares her passion for locally grown food, canning and preserving the harvest, and the farm-to-table movement.
In addition, a historical marker in Warren County recounts Bowling Green native Duncan Hinesís ground-breaking career in the food and lodging industry.
Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers include Jim Piston, John Schroering, Shuffett, and Valerie Trimble.
More information about Kentucky Life, including streaming video, is available at ket.org/kentuckylife.