Elmwood Inn Fine Teas has created a special tea blend for Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate. In recent years, the Perryville importer and blender has designed packaged teas for historic sites such as Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill; The National Archives in College Park, Md.; Winterthur Museum in Winterthur, Del.; and Old Salem Museum and Gardens in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Elmwood owner Bruce Richardson said the tea that the Clays — Lucretia and Henry — might have enjoyed was from China, via London. The tea Richardson has created for Ashland is a blend of China black teas from the Yunnan Province. The label bears an engraving of the Ashland estate and information about the tea.
Richardson will introduce the product at an afternoon tea at The Woman’s Club of Central Kentucky, 210 North Broadway, at 2 p.m. April 25. He also will be signing his books, including The New Tea Companion, The Great Tea Rooms of Britain and The Tea Table. Each guest will receive a tin of Ashland tea. Tickets are $35. Call (859) 266-8581, Ext. 14. Tins of tea bags will be available in the Ashland gift shop starting April 25.
Barrel Tasting for McConnell Springs
Eleven wineries in Central Kentucky will be open March 28 to host tastings of upcoming offerings as part of the Barrel Tasting for the Springs, benefiting Lexington’s McConnell Springs.
A barrel tasting is a one-ounce sample of wine in its final stages before bottling and release of the finished product. The sample is not the finished product, but it might have some of the final characteristics.
Each tasting will give participants an opportunity to experience upcoming wines and discuss the sample. Each winery also will have its tasting room open for regular tastings of their released wines.
The tours start at any participating winery, and the cost is $20. Partakers will receive a commemorative wine glass and a wristband at the first winery they visit. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wineries are: Black Barn – Ashwood Cellars, 4200 Newtown Pike, Lexington; Chrisman Mill, 2385 Chrisman Mill Road, Nicholasville; Elk Creek, 150 Ky. 330, Owenton; Equus Run, 1280 Moore’s Mill Road, Midway; Horseshoe Bend plus Long Lick Farm, 1187 Lawson Lane, Willisburg; Jean Farris, 6825 Old Richmond Road, Lexington; Lovers Leap, 1180 Lanes Mill Road, Lawrenceburg; Springhill, 3205 Springhill Road, Bloomfield; Talon, 7086 Tates Creek Road, Lexington; and Wildside, 5500 Troy Pike, Versailles.
Call Dick or Annette Mathy at (859) 272-0682 or go to www.mcconnellsprings.org.
Food and entertainment
The Scott County Arts Consortium will hold its March luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Parish Hall at Church of the Holy Trinity, 209 South Broadway, Georgetown.
Entertainment will be provided by Chords of Course barbershop quartet. Cost is $10. Call (502) 867-7564. The menu includes beef stew with biscuits, coleslaw and leprechaun pistachio nut cake.
The American Dietetics Association and Bluegrass District Dietetics Association are celebrating National Nutrition Month in March. Members of the Bluegrass association will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday offering free nutritional information. Members of the University of Kentucky Student Dietetic Association will be at Sts. Peter and Paul School next Wednesday and Thursday to talk to students about healthy snacks. Nutrition information is at www.eatright.org.
Eden organic beans received high praise in the January-February issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter.
Twelve varieties of Eden organic no-salt-added beans were acclaimed for being naturally low in sodium without the refined salt added to most commercial canned beans. A touch of kombu seaweed enhances flavor without increasing sodium. The beans are sold at Liquor Barn, Roberts Health Foods, Good Foods Market & Café and Whole Foods.A A