Business Briefcase: Aug. 13, 2010

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By The Staff

Talon among winning wineries

Talon Winery and Vineyard, which is based in Lexington but has a vineyard and tasting room in Shelby County, was among the Kentucky wineries that brought home 32 medals, including two double golds and five golds, at the Indy International Wine Competition this past week in West Lafayette, Ind.

Acres of Land Winery of Richmond earned double gold and Best of Class for its Concord wine (the second year in a row its Concord won Best of Class at Indy) along with a silver medal. Jean Farris Winery of Lexington picked up gold medals for its Petite Sirah (which also was Best of Class) and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as three bronze medals.

Wight-Meyer Vineyard and Winery of Shepherdsville won double gold in the French-American Blush/Rosé class for its Diamond/Concord wine. Its Diamond wine earned a gold medal and Best of Class in the Diamond and American Late Harvest categories, and its Concord was a gold medal winner. Wright-Meyer also brought home four silver medals.

Among nine other medal-winners were Black Barn Winery of Lexington, Equus Run Vineyards of Midway, Lovers Leap Vineyards and Winery of Lawrenceburg and Wildside Winery of Versailles.

“Throughout the country, wine lovers are discovering what we already know: Kentucky’s wine industry is back,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said.

More than 50 judges evaluated commercial wines from 39 states and 12 countries  at the largest scientifically organized and independent competition in the United States. A complete list of results is available at www.indyinternational.org/competition/2010/.

In July, three Kentucky wineries brought home 12 medals, including four golds, from the 2010 Mid-American Wine Competition in Ankeny, Iowa, a competition among 15 states. Among those as Elk Creek Vineyards of Owenton, which won a gold medal for the Best Series label on its Orchard Creek Series and three bronze medals.

McConnell to address Chamber

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will be the speaker at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s member luncheon to be held at Claudia Sanders Dinner House at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. Tickets are $15.  Call the chamber office to make your reservations.

Financial advice day

The HJW Career & Financial Literacy Institute is sponsoring a financial advice day at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 28 at Clay Street Baptist Church in Shelbyville. Executive Director Yolanda Bradford said the program will provide information to improve credit, advice on managing money and budgeting, homeownership and fair housing and community information. Counselors also will help those attending acquire their free credit reports. Ten families will be selected to receive 12 months free financial counseling toward homeownership.

HJW is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and HUD-approved housing counseling agency located in Shelbyville,

For more info, contact Bradford at (502) 558-0762 or hjwfinancial@bellsouth.net.

Appliance rebates

There is still about $640,000 still available in rebates on certain Energy Star-rated appliances for Kentucky buyers. Rebate forms, status and more information can be found at www.kyappliancerebates.com.

The items must be purchased in Kentucky, and the rebates are first-come first-serve.

The items eligible for rebates are selected Energy Star-rated:

Washing machines




Air conditioners

Water heaters

Heat pumps


Bits & bytes

  • The Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours will be hosted by Hornback Farms on Tuesday at 6102 Cropper Road.
  • The Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management state council and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce are now accepting applications for the seventh annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky. Interested organizations
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 11.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.80 per gallon this week. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.78, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.

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