Wine and Flights. The life I want to live…
The life I long to experience and live out my fantasies of constant travel and wine tasting from one coast to the other. To take flights from Napa to Naples to experience all the wine countries and cultures have to offer all while somehow increasing my bank account, shopping at the finest European stores, and grooming my pet unicorn during my “downtime”. Sounds good doesn’t it? Well one day I hope for most of these fantasies to come true (especially the unicorn). But until then, I’ll have my wine and flights in the comforts of my current budget here at home and Louvino is the place to get my fix.
With 2 locations in Louisville, one in Fischerville, IN, one in Cincinnati and another opening soon in Indianapolis; it is clear that Louvino’s unique Flight listing and culinary specialties deserved to be shared throughout the Midwest. The restaurant specializes in small plates which are mostly seasonal and of course wine, with over 60 selections and their popular flights. I have had the pleasure of indulging in both the food and flights and have a couple of favorites that I would like to share.
Anyone who knows me knows that my absolute favorite food is fries. Seafood is a close second, but Fries will always be my true love. Like the high school sweetheart of my food life. That being said, I have had my share of fries from too many places to count and prepared in numerous ways. Cajun, extra crispy, thick cut, shoestring, I have had them all. Believe me when I tell you Louvino’s Duck Fat fries with white truffle aoli are what will get their creator into heaven. Perfectly fresh cut, fried to absolute perfection with the exact right amount of salt but not too overpowering, they are a perfect fit for the aoli dip accompaniment. Flavor is absolutely no stranger to another popular dish which are the sea scallops. Seared to perfect every time I have had them (which at last count was 5); the maple mustard pairing was a perfect sauce to compliment one of my seafood favorites.
As good as small plate choices are, the wine and fights were the real start of my show. Flights come in either red or white with also a couple of choices for a Rose’ flight. My choice of the white wine flight was the Jennifer Lawrence. Obviously and aptly named for the successful hometown actress, the flight consisted of 3 bubbly and beautiful well-rounded white wines. Set in an attractive wooden fight casing with 3 nicely poured glasses in a row, it made for a very fun, refreshing tasting. The first in the flight was a Dom J. Laurend Cremant, Blanquette de Limoux from France. Bold and beautiful without an overpowering bubbly taste. 2nd in Flight was the Anna de Codorniu Cava Brute Rose’ from Spain. A wonderfully blended Rose’ where its Spanish influence is not lost. Lastly was a Prosecco (which is becoming a new favorite for myself). Sweet, full of life, and lively it was the perfect end to the indulging trio.
My next adventure was to try the reds and why not choose another Louisville namesake and go with the Flight of King Louis XVI. All old-world red wine selections including one Spanish and two Italian wines. The Spanish wine “ La Roja Alta” 2008, was full bodied and semi-sweet with a lingering finish that I enjoyed. The 2012 Domenico Clerico from Piedmont Italy was a nice middle pallet refresher while the 2014 Paitin Barbaresco also from Piedmont made for a nice dry finish but bold with a tinge of a sweet finish.
I would have to go Louvino at least 4 more times to get even halfway through the extensive wine list, not to mention their specialty drinks and craft beers. But is 3 or 4 or 8 more visits I am willing to make. One of my favorite places in Louisville (both the Highlands and Douglas Hills Locations) it will always be my “go to” for endless variety, atmosphere, and flavor.
- Karrie Kimbrough, Foodie Review