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Louisville caviar is catching on

Dec. 26, 2005 at 10:11 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- In blind taste tests, people are reportedly choosing $17 an ounce caviar from Louisville, Ky., over imported caviar going for $200 per ounce.

The taste test results reported to the Louisville Courier-Journal by a local gourmet shop only prove what Lewis Shuckman has been saying for 10 years: "Caviar doesn't have to be expensive to be good."

Shuckman harvests his caviar from spoonbill paddlefish caught at Lake Cumberland and processes it Shuckman's Fish Co. and Smokery in Louisville.

Gourmet retailers say the domestic caviar industry is where the domestic wine industry was 30 years ago, the newspaper said. Now, California wines are just as respected as some imports.

Shuckman's caviar has been featured on the Food Network by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, on "Good Morning America," and written about in several publications including the New York Times.

John Hale of Louisville's Lotsa Pasta gourmet shop said he put Shuckman's caviar up against imports in blind taste tests and most of his customers liked the local product better.

"I liked it better," he said.

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