News & Events
So how does a small winery in the middle of Kentucky end up being the Official Wine of a Hollywood Film Festival on a resort island just outside of Los Angeles? It was as simple as a chance meeting on a plane.
For the fourth year in a row, Horseshoe Bend Vineyard and Winery, located in Willisburg, Kentucky, is the Official Wine of the Catalina Film Festival on Santa Catalina Island.
It all started when Ron Truppa, director of the festival, was sitting next to Horseshoe Bend’s publicist on a return flight during Christmas. After a phone call to winemaker Greg Karsner, the rest was history.
“I told him I admired his passion for wanting to start a film festival in the heart of Hollywood and he admired my passion for winemaking. ” Karsner says, “I offered to send him some bottles and if he liked them and wanted to use them to give me a ring. Four years later……still here!”
Truppa had already tried a variety of California Vineyards but was not satisfied. He appreciates and enjoys what he has with Horseshoe Bend, even if it is half way across the country. “We constantly communicate back and forth about the private labels they provide for us, and the Catalina Wine Mixer party that they throw every year.”
So does any of this wine being in the hands of celebrities on the West Coast have any kind of perks that go with it? But of course! Two years ago Greg was able to watch Marvel’s “The Avengers” as well as have lunch with the comic’s founder, Stan Lee. “That was an incredible experience. The nerd in me loved it!”
Who is scheduled to attend this year? Nicholas Cage and William H. Macy are slated to appear and there is a chance that Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner will also turn out to promote their new movie. And which of these celebrities would Greg Karsner most like to see? He provided a most Hollywood fashioned answer “No comment.”
The Catalina Film Festival runs from September 25-28 and benefits the Catalina Island Conservancy project. The featured movies are on Friday night (with red carpet previews!) and the weekend is packed with seminars from industry professionals.
Now that we are all defrosted, Horseshoe Bend kicks off the season with Pigapalooza Saturday May 10 followed by the first Burgers and Banjos on May 16. Beginning in June the first and third Fridays will be Burgers and Banjos and the second and fourth Saturdays will be Vine Dining. All dates are posted on our calendar so you may plan your summer visits!! We look forward to seeing you each and every one.
Basketball, Chili dogs, and Wine! If the wind subsides there will be a firepit also.
Happy Birthday Abe!
Valentine’s Day Dinner for Friday, February 14 is sold out but there are spaces on Friday. Menu is the same. Call today to reserve–859-375-0296.
Happy New Year to All!
While the vines are sleeping Horseshoe Bend Staff is busy preparing events for 2014. We begin with KWA’s Wine Trail Event, Saturday February 8 and follow that with a Valentine’s Day Dinner on February 14. Menu for Valentine’s Day revolves around your choice of smoked tenderloin or smoked salmon. Price for this event is $45 per couple plus wine. Call the Winery before February 11 to reserve your spot (859-375-0296) as reservations are necessary.
March Madness with Conference Tournaments and the NCAA and then takes us to the annual McConnell Springs Barrel Tasting on the last Saturday of the month.
April 1 is Jester Day and we celebrate through the first weekend in April. Strawberry Fool anyone?
May is Derby and the return of Friday night burger events. Watch for postings and email blasts announcing these events.
The vines are awakening and we are here to provide their TLC.
The Breast Cancer Benefit went so well and there are donations to Markey and Brown Breast Cancer Centers as a result. With harvest being over and the wine a-making, it is time for a brief relax to enjoy the fall season. The last of the leaves are beautiful. We are lighting the firepit frequently so you may even sit outside and just enjoy the view.
The grapes are in, the grapes are in. Harvest is complete! Hooray! Now we plan to close out October with a Breast Cancer Benefit Dinner October 26. Wear costumes if you like and together we will ‘Scare for the Cure.’ Dinner is from 5:30 to 8:30. There will be tasty tidbits to begin the evening and Chef Joe from Lexington is working his magic for us on a pork loin, harvest veggies, and his special recipe for dessert. Price is $30 per person plus wine and tax. A portion of the profits will be divided between Markey and Brown Breast Cancer Centers.
Where did May go? Hard to accept that it is June and school is out for the summer. Now it is time to kick back and spend some of those lazy, hazy, crazy days under the pergola. Music, wine and you. What a good combo!
Derby Week is here. Horseshoe Bend will be at Derbyfest on the waterfront Today, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday evening is Taste of the Oaks at the Galt House to benefit Easter Seals. Friday is Derby Winefest at the Bullit County Fairgrounds from 2 until 10pm. Here there will be music and food and of course vino! And I still have to pick my horse.
After a very busy Barrel Tasting and Jester Week, we are now deep into Spring and all its wonder and beauty.
Tiptoe through the Redbuds April 13 and 14. Picnic under the trees, under the umbrella, or under the pergola. Picnic lunches available with 24 hour notice. Call 859-375-0296 to reserve.
Wildflower Walk Sunday Afternoon April 21 Renowned naturalist Sue Massek will guide you through the Horseshoe Bend Trails explaining the growth of the Wildflowers. Sturdy shoes are strongly recommended. $5 per person, maximum of 20 people. Call 859-375-0296 to reserve.
Ready for Derby? Pick your horse while sipping under the pergola. Pick your wines for the big race!