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Jun 29

Cincinnati Wine Events: 6/29-7/5

Fireworks from Cincy ImagesHere are the latest and greatest events for the upcoming week. Make sure to check the upcoming events section. There are several fun tastings coming up, as well as a Lobster Bake at Little Sonoma, so you’ll want to make your reservations early.

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, or if we have incorrect information, 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, happy tasting, and happy 4th of July!

Map IconFriday Interactive Wine Tasting Map

Map IconSaturday Interactive Wine Tasting Map

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

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Download 0629.pdf (An easy-to-print PDF of all the events in this blog post)

Our Friday Cincinnati image is courtesy of Cincy Images.

Follow the "Continue reading" jump at the bottom for the Friday-Thursday tastings. Upcoming events are listed at the end.

Cheers!

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Jun 27

Disney Ratatouille Wine from Costco

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I am a Disney freak. I admit this with little to no shame. I love all things Disney. Released this Friday, the movie Ratatouille is my perfect film. It’s animated, it will have enough humor geared to adults, and it’s about food & wine. Well, it’s also about a talking rat who wants to be a chef. Once you get past the rat part (a rat – couldn’t they have picked something else?), it’s a fun concept.

So when I read that Disney is releasing a wine with a Ratatouille label through Costco, I got pretty excited. Heck, I might even join Costco to get this. (Not that there’s a Costco overly close by …) I don’t know what label they are re-branding, if any, but the wine will be from the Burgundy region and retail for $12.99.

I Must Have It.

I want two bottles. One to drink and a spare in case I screw up the label remover on the first one.

July 13 Update: Oops! Disney decided to pull the wine.

 

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Jun 27

Bubble Saver

Sunday I opened two bottles of sparkling wine. Tuesday night I was still drinking them, and they hadn’t lost any of the bubbles – or the flavor.

I was amazed by this. Generally, I lose champagne after a day or two, and the bubbles decrease. This time I used a champagne stopper on each bottle. A champagne stopper has a rubber disc that fits over the top of the bottle for a tight seal. Two metal wings snap down over the bottle lips, lock into place, and fit securely.

When I opened each bottle again on Monday night, and then on Tuesday night, it opened with a satisfying “Pop!” The bubbles happily fizzed in my glass and one glass even overflowed.

I picked up two of the champagne stoppers a couple of years ago at a wine festival for free from Perrier Jouet. The third I received from Chandon as a loyalty program Christmas gift.  I can’t believe I never used one of these before – it’s not like it’s a new invention.

Search champagne stoppers at Amazon.com

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Jun 25

Barefoot Bubbly, NV

I’m co-hosting a bridal shower in a couple of weeks, and I’m responsible for picking out the wine – including a bubbly for the toast. Because I’m picking up a fair amount of wine for the event, I’m trying to pick out quality, value-priced wines. I’m also trying to find wines that appeal to a non-wine-drinking audience, without resorting to Beringer White Zinfandel.

Thus far, I know I’m bringing a couple of bottles of the Spanish Navarra region Red Guitar, which is a light and fun red. I’m also bringing some Gazela Vinho Verde, which is almost like drinking Sprite, but so much  better. I’m still in search of the perfect Sauvignon Blanc for this event (which is not necessarily MY perfect SB) that has a lot of fruity characteristics. Last night I worked on the bubbly.

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I picked up two sparklers at Party Town on Sunday: the Barefoot Bubbly from California’s Barefoot Cellars ($6.99) and the Segura Viudas Cava Brut Reserva ($7.99). I’m hanging on to the cava review until WBW. (Yep – it’s open to sparklers too folks!)

The Barefoot Bubbly was a good deal. It’s a 100% chardonnay sparkler, with a lot of fruit and flowers on the nose. The color is pale gold, with a lot of tiny bubbles. Those tiny bubbles were almost fizzy on the tongue. It has a lot of crisp pear flavors, as well as a sweetness. It’s not overwhelming though – we’ve all had overly sweet sparklers. This is a moderate sweetness that would probably complement the sweets we may have at the party. However, I did notice an almost (but not quite) sour aftertaste.

Overall, I found this sparkler to be pleasant and fun. It’s not a complex wine, but it’s not trying to be. It just might hit the spot on a hot summer afternoon. For $6.99 this is a great deal and its’ definitely a wine I would buy again.

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Jun 22

Cincinnati Wine Events: 6/22-6/28

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Here are the latest and greatest events for the upcoming week. Make sure to check the upcoming events section. There are several
fun tastings coming up, as well as a Lobster Bake at Little Sonoma, so
you’ll want to make your reservations early.

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, or if we have incorrect information, 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!

Map IconFriday Interactive Wine Tasting Map

Map IconSaturday Interactive Wine Tasting Map

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

Small_pdf_icon

Download 0622.pdf (An easy-to-print PDF of all the events in this blog post)

Our Friday Cincinnati image is courtesy of Cincy Images.

Follow the "Continue reading" jump at the bottom for Friday, 6/22 -
Thursday, 6/28 tastings. Upcoming events are listed at the end.

Cheers!

Read the rest of this entry »

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