Overshadowing all other events this weekend is the annual Fireworks display on the river. This year, the fireworks are sponsored by WEBN, Toyota, and Cincinnati Bell. I wonder why they grabbed the third sponsor. I’m not even listing Riverfest in the events this week. However, CinWeekly has a great guide to Riverfest, including what restaurants have reservation-only parties, what transportation is available, and what roads are closed. In addition, they also cover alternative events and what to do at Riverfest all day. Check it out here.
Remember that it’s Restaurant Week! Hooray! 25 independently owned restaurants are offering 3–course meals for $25.07 per person. Some places include drinks, some do not, so call ahead to find out the menu, and if you need reservations. Restaurant Week runs September 4–8 and includes some fantastic restaurants.
Saturday, we’re going to visit several of the surrounding wineries. It should be a lovely day (fingers crossed) and a lovely drive out to Ripley, Felicity, and Bethel. Most of the local wineries, like Harmony Hill and Kinkead Ridge, close their tasting rooms at the end of summer. If you haven’t made the trip yet, it’s time to check out the vinifera offered by our local vintners. Check out our maps of local wineries in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky and plan your day. Most of the wineries are also open on Labor Day Monday.
As a side note, it’s my mother-in-law’s birthday today. Happy Birthday Louise! I don’t know if she actually reads this, but just in case …
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!
You can also click the map icons in the detailed listings to view the maps.
Our Friday Cincinnati image is courtesy of Cincy Images.
Follow the "Continue reading" jump at the bottom for Friday – Thursday tastings. Upcoming events are listed at the end.
The winemaker was a sweet woman whose name I didn’t catch. She loved to talk about her wines and encouraged questions, moving from table to table pouring glasses and chatting. We tasted two different lines from her winery, and I’ll get to those in a minute.
Things are changing at The Argentine Bean.
The Argentine Bean hasn’t been my favorite place, despite its close location and fantastic concept. I’ve always been slightly turned off by the prices and I haven’t always had great service. But this time around we had excellent service and the price was right ($18) for many oversized pours and tasty appetizers. In the past, I’ve criticized their wine prices. Knowing what the bottles actually cost, I was astounded at the mark-up of both the bottles and the glasses. They’ve been doing some work on the wine list though, and it’s gone through some drastic – but pleasant – changes.
On Tuesday, Sept 4, they’ll debut a new menu, new wine list, and updated prices – but I got a sneak peek at the Wine & Beer list. The mark-up is now standard for most restaurants and the most expensive glass of wine is a glass of Graham’s Six Grapes Port for $8.75 and an Abrazo Reserve Garnacha (Spain) for $8.25. Most of the other glasses on the list go for between $4.75 and $6.50, which is right where they should be and more in line with similar restaurants. You can buy a bottle of the Tierra Brisas Cabernet, which we tasted Monday night, for only $16. In fact, the bottle prices are incredibly reasonable. Prices do go up when you wander into the Reserve Bottle list and the Sparklers, but that’s to be expected. The wine list should appeal to many palates and nicely complement the tapas. The beer list has also been slightly revamped, and you can now get a beer for less than $5, mostly imports and microbrews.
Next Wednesday is also half-price Wine night, and my husband will be in Miami for the day for business. Since I can’t join him in Miami, I might pop by the Argentine Bean to check out the new menu and enjoy some wine at an excellent price. I look forward to frequenting the Argentine Bean on a more regular basis, with their new menu and new wine prices, and of course, their desserts. Their desserts, by the way, have always been heavenly and I would pay any price for several of them. But then – I do love desserts.
Quick wine tasting notes after the jump.
A small break from wine-related posts for a personal message to my favorite co-author…
Happy 4th Anniversary to my wonderful husband Kevin!
I’ve just gotten word of another event tomorrow night, August 30. This is a pig roast at Hoggy’s in Crescent Springs, running from 6-10 pm. I honestly don’t know the price, but I do know that the beer distributor is involved. Rumor has it that there will be free beer samples of Guinness, Smithwicks, Post Road Pumpkin Ale, and Shiner Bock. No promises, but I think it’s a pretty good guess.
2807 Town Center Blvd.
Crestview Hills, KY 41017
I just found out about an event at Go Bananas comedy club in Montgomery. There will be a comedian and wine tasting tomorrow night, Thursday, 8/30. The Wine Store will be presenting 4-6 wines followed by the comedy of Greg Hahn.
It’s our wedding anniversary, so we’ll be elsewhere, but I encourage you to go and have fun! The wine tasting begins at 6:30 pm and ticket price is $20. (I have no idea if the typical comedy-club-2-drink-minimum applies if there is a wine tasting involved.) Reservations are required, but can be made online through the Go Bananas web site.
8410 Market Place Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45242
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