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May 26

Where Can I Buy Kinkead Ridge?

KinkeadridgeBecause you can Google "buy Kinkead Ridge" and come up with me as a possible hit, I get several queries on folks searching for where to buy their wines. I did not know the answer.

So I asked Nancy Bentley, one of the owners. She was kind enough to send me a link to a downloadable PDF that lists all the stores. Where can I buy Kinkead Ridge?
It’s not available in Kentucky by the way, but all over Cincinnati and northern Ohio.

Enjoy!

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May 25

Cincinnati Wine Events: 5/25 – 5/31

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It’s time to officially kick off summer! This weekend’s big event is the Taste of Cincinnati. While not specifically wine related, there is usually some good food, drink, and music to be had. Taste runs Saturday through Monday in a new location this year – on 5th Street in front of the newly redesigned Fountain Square. Here’s a downloadable guide/map of the Taste of Cincinnati vendors and layout: tasteofcincy2007.pdf.

Remember, because Monday is a holiday, a lot of businesses (including wine shops) may be closed or have special hours.

Harmony Hill and Kinkead Ridge are opening for the summer this weekend. Both wineries are open Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer months, with tastings from mid-morning until around 6 pm. Harmony Hill is having a big musical celebration this weekend (although I suspect there’s always something musical going on there) and Kinkead Ridge is releasing their summer whites.

You might also want to plan ahead for a jaunt. Next weekend, June 1 & 2, is the Ohio Wine Festival/2nd Street Festival in downtown Dayton. It’s a nifty open marketplace environment (think Findlay Market) that will be transformed into your favorite Ohio wines and vendors. The real party is Friday night, followed by the festival itself on Saturday afternoon.

As usual, it’s a big list of events, so we’ve compiled it on one
page for your reading pleasure. (For information on Dayton, you can
refer to Mark’s blog at Uncorked.) If you know of tastings or events that we missed in the Cincinnati area, please email us
and we’ll add it to the list.

You may note that the tastings in KY are mostly free, and the
tastings in Ohio charge at least .25. It’s illegal for a retailer to
give alcohol away in Ohio, so they charge you, but many times it’s a
nominal fee.

Tell them we sent you, and happy tasting!

Follow the "Continue reading" jump at the bottom for Friday, 5/25 -
Thursday, 5/31 tastings. Upcoming events that require
reservations or attracted my attention are listed at the end.

Map IconFriday Interactive Wine Tasting Map

Map IconSaturday Interactive Wine Tasting Map

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Download 0525.pdf(An easy-to-print PDF of all the events in this blog post)

You can also click the map icons in the detailed listings to view the maps.

Cheers!

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May 24

WBW #34 Announced: Washington Wines

WbwlogoThe roundup for the last Wine Blogging Wednesday was hardly posted when the next event, WBW #34, was posted.

If you’re unfamiliar with Wine Blogging Wednesday (WBW), here’s a brief description. People from all over the world get together for a themed virtual tasting. Their ratings and tasting notes are collected by that month’s "host," who posts them in a one-post roundup. Anyone can do this. If you don’t have a blog, you send your tasting notes directly to the host. If you have a blog, you write all about your experience and post it. You don’t have to run a wine/food blog either – I did this for months on my personal blog before I started My Wine Education.

June’s hostess is the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman (Catie) in Walla Walla, Washington. The theme is Washington Cabernet Sauvignon. She’ll give you extra kudos, I’m sure, if you find a wine from Walla Walla and/or if you manage to stay away from old standards like Chateau St. Michelle and Columbia Crest.

Posting date: June 13

Enjoy!

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May 24

Vote for me!

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There are all sorts of aggregators out there that list the 100 top wine blogs or some such thing. I tend to prefer the Alawine.com list, as it uses math to devise its listing. I trust that. (Plus I’m #37, which means I broke that Top 50. Yay!)

However, I find my blog listed on the LocalWineEvents.com listing. I’m #150 at the moment, primarily because I suspect it tracks the IP and I can only vote for myself once per day. It’s a popularity contest, which takes me back to high school when I never quite made prom court.

In an effort to be a prom queen this time around, go vote for me. Maybe I can at least get into the top 100.

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May 23

Ch-ch-ch-changes …

We’re undergoing some cosmetic surgery here at My Wine Education.

Graphics
I’ve changed the banner graphic and such. What I really want is some wonderful graphic designer to make me a super-cool banner for the top of the page. It needs to span the three columns and be (I think) 760 944 pixels wide. It needs to state My Wine Education at the top, possibly followed by a subhead of www.wine-girl.net. I would love it to have a lot of white – I love white on web sites, as it adds the illusion of space. It’s time to give this blog a more professional, sleek appearance. Graphic design folks can even choose the color scheme. I can easily adapt. I only mention this because I know I have at least two faithful readers
married to talented graphic designers. I’m good, but only at modifying
other stuff. I made the one you see right now (wine bar –> open), but I hate the font.

Advertising
We’ve switched over to a 3-column format in hopes to add advertising/sponsorships
(anyone interested?) to the site. I am going to aggressively go
after advertisers/sponsors. Does anyone know how to do that? Basically, it takes
a lot more of my time than you would imagine to run this blog, esp with
those Friday listings, and I am now searching for how to get something
back for it. Payment for time, or some such thing. I promise I’m not
being greedy. In addition, we’ve added a tip jar.
Just in case you’re feeling generous.

Links
Links have moved as well. With the wonderful advent of Typepad Pages, I was able to take the over-flowing wine blogs links and move them to their very own page. On that page you’ll also find all the cool tools (such as Natalie McLean’s email subscription link and CellarTracker) as well as Winery Blog links, and links to Retailers, Restaurants, and Organizations. The lists were getting too long and unwieldy and I couldn’t take it. You can reach this area of the site by clicking any of the options under Links that make us happy in the left column.

Other Changes
I’m thrilled with the new Typepad Pages option. When you click various things in the left-hand column, you no longer land at blog posts. The rating scale takes you to a permanent page with an explanation. The link for the wine trails takes you to a permanent page displaying those links.  I can update that page now without disturbing the RSS feed. I even added an About page.  When you click "About Michelle & Kevin," you are no longer taken to the generic Typepad About page.

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