The Kentucky Caver Quarterly Proceedings of the
Bluegrass Grotto: the North Central Kentucky Area Chapter of the National Speleological Society
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Things became a tad less studious after that. A large group adjourned to the boat dock on Lake Linville for truly excellent ribs, catfish, fries, cole slaw, and popovers. After that some folks actually wanted to go caving, and others determined to track down the Sinking Valley Winery, a few miles west of I-75 off KY 461 in Plato. That was us.

After a twenty-minute drive, we pulled up next to a small wooden building and stepped inside. Behind a high counter, a bright-eyed young woman stood with two full, opened wine-bottles and a heap of small plastic cups.

“Hi!” she greeted us four grubby caver types: “Are you ready for your wine tasting?”

Our first reaction was to glance quickly over our shoulders for a possible someone else, and say, “You talking to us?” 

I mean, wine tasting, in broad daylight, in Pulaski County?

However, the group rapidly adapted to these remarkable circumstances, and soon was quaffing small amounts of this and that in a relaxed and cheery fashion. We purchased several bottles of locally-made

wine for the upcoming Great Salpetre unofficial wine-tasting that evening, and ended up being taken on a tour of the small winery up the hill and across the road by the proprietor. That in turn led to talk about the federal bioterrorism lab that has been proposed for a site a few miles further south in the fabled karst of Sinking Valley, and thus we learned about the local petition drive to say “No” to this grand gesture of political generosity to his constituency by Congressman Hal Rogers (R-Somerset). For more information about the proposed bioterrorism lab, why it is a bad idea for this location, and how you can get a copy of the petition, go to

We were eventually shown a cave right next to the wine shop, and I was asked to contact Larry Simpson about some cave surveying that the locals were interested in. It was a real personable, strangely karsty winery, one that we all need to support in our own little ways. The Sinking Valley Winery is online, with detailed directions, at

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