Last night at the Argentine Bean wine tasting, I mentioned to a group of folks that they really needed to visit Kinkead Ridge Winery before it closes the tasting room for the year. I then proceeded to rave about Kinkead Ridge because they produce some real quality vinifera. As if he heard me, Mark from Uncorked and the Dayton Daily News posted a great article today on Kinkead Ridge’s new 2005 releases, which arrive this weekend. Check it out!
Kinkead Ridge is open Saturdays through September 8 – don’t miss out!
In August, 32 of us went "naked" with unoaked chardonnay. The next iteration of Wine Blogging Wednesday will be held on Sept 12 and asks us to go native!
Obviously, folks are having fun with the themes.
Stranger to Wine Blogging Wednesday? It’s the wine blogging world’s version of a virtual tasting. A theme and host are chosen each month and everyone drinks some wine. You can review it on your blog or send your review to the host if you don’t have a blog. It’s not a requirement. In fact, the only requirement is that you drink some wine.
I’m terribly behind at announcing this, but Tyler over at Dr. Vino is hosting the September tasting and is asking us to try indigenous grapes. That means no chardonnay, no cabernet, none of the big grapes. Get creative. This isn’t as hard as it sounds. Any liquor store in our area with a decent international wine selection and friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you out. Remember that Mavrodaphne I tasted a few days ago? Mavrodaphne was the grape, it’s a Greek grape, and would have been perfect for this upcoming event. Where did I find it? Apparently the closeout rack at Liquor Direct Ft. Thomas. So you see, it’s not that hard.
I’m either going to go domestic, but avoid the Norton grape, or perhaps seek out another Greek wine. We’ll see. Spain, in particular, has over 200 different varieties of grape from which to choose. All you need is a good Spanish section at your store and you’re set.
Hope everyone joins me on Sept 12, and thanks to Dr. Vino for hosting!
Regarding tonight’s Tasting with the Winemaker:
I just made a call and despite the information I was
previously given, reservations are, indeed, required. There are still a few tables available! Call 859.426.1042.
Just didn’t want everyone showing up with no tables left …
Ladies, this one is for you.
It’s commonly repeated that women make up the largest percentage of wine buyers in the US. An August 2003 article in Wines & Vines shows the most recent numbers I could find:
According to a study conducted by Merrill Research & Associates for
the Wine Market Council, women accounted for 55% of core and marginal
wine drinkers in 1994. (Core wine drinkers are defined as those who
drink wine weekly or more often, while marginal drinkers consume wine
at least once every two or three months). By 2000 the percentage
climbed to 62% of core wine drinkers and 64% of marginal wine drinkers.
The organization is currently finishing up another study, which they
predict will show an even higher percentage of women wine drinkers.
Yet, so many women are still intimidated by wine, sticking with what
they know. One of the things I try to do with this blog is make wine
more approachable and fun for my readers and for me. I’m not the only
The Wine Divas club at the Polo Grille is a great way to learn more about wine in a relaxed and fun environment. The Polo Grille, located in Mason, is now taking reservations for the popular 3-class session. The classes are held on three Mondays and cover Basic Whites, Basic Reds, and Old World v New World. You can attend one or attend all three.
The classes are taught by Laura Myers-Landoll from Vintage Wines and Mary Horn from the Lions Group. If you pay attention to my Friday listings, you’ll note that both companies are well-represented at the Friday tastings around Cincinnati. Combined, Laura and Mary bring over 25 years of wine experience – and enthusiasm – to their instruction. Each of the three sessions includes expert instruction, wine sampling,
appetizers and other perks, such as state minimum pricing on featured wine,
discounts at the Polo Grille, and invites to special events.
A recent article in the Enquirer interviewed several previous attendees. One club member, Roberta Dorger, had this to say about the group:
…"a really good girls night out. I signed up with a group
of friends, but I also made new ones in the group. Knowing what I know
now, I’d feel completely comfortable signing up and going alone."
I’ll be going alone for at least one class. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Wine Diva Classes
Sept 10, October 8, and Nov 12
Classes cost $60/session and you must pre-register
The Polo Grille
5035 Deerfield Blvd
Deerfield Towne Center
To register, call 513.605.4700 x 19 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cincinnati Enquirer announcement article follows, as well as the original press release announcing all 10 blogs.
The winners were DesignCincinnati by Drew Steinbrecher, who blogs on design and architecture highlights around the region, www.drew-o-rama.com/designcincinnati;
and My Wine Education by Michelle Lentz, who delivers a very tasty site
about the local and worldwide wine scene, and Cincinnati
hospitality/nightlife in general, www.wine-girl.net.
The winners beat out 60 other unique blog entries and will receive iPhones.
In the chamber member category, the winning iPhone went to Strategic
Public Relations by Kevin Dugan of FRCH Design Worldwide, who the
chamber said offers insights on the latest in PR developments and
issues locally and globally at http://prblog.typepad.com.
Chamber and CincyTech USA Name Region’s Top 10 Blogs
it comes to determining the best blogs in Cincinnati USA, the clear
consensus among the judges: A Top 10 list is not nearly enough.
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the region’s high tech initiative
– CincyTechUSA — received 154 nominations for 62 unique blog entries
in Cincinnati USA’s Best Blog Competition over the past seven days on
Cincinnati.com in a quest to name the best blog authored in Cincinnati
USA and the best blog authored by a Chamber member.
amazed by the quality, the passion and the diversity of the blogs
nominated,” said Bob Coy, president of CincyTechUSA. “Sadly, too many
top-quality blogs can’t be squeezed into one Top 10 list. And
determining the final two winners — who will receive iPhones — will
require yet another round of judging before we can make a tough, tough
decision and our announcement of the winners on Aug. 2.”
to Coy, the judges favored blogs created by a single author over blogs
written or produced by a collaboration or an organization. “We felt it
only fair to judge individual bloggers rather than pit a solitary
blogger against an entire organization with much greater resources,”
Coy said. “Even still, it was incredibly difficult to arrive at a short
list. It’s quite evident we have a vibrant and growing blogging
community in Cincinnati USA.”
Because the nomination process was
hosted and promoted by Cincinnati.com, bloggers who are employed by
Cincinnati.com, The Cincinnati Enquirer, CiN Weekly and The Cincinnati
Post could not be considered.
The top winners in the two
respective categories will be announced Thursday, Aug. 2, at the
conclusion of a Web 2.0 Bootcamp in the Chamber’s Learning Center,
Suite 300 of the Carew Tower, 441 Vine St.. They will receive the
hottest Internet gadget going: Apple iPhones. AT&T service is not
included. Pete Blackshaw — chief marketing officer of Nielsen
BuzzMetrics and a national authority on blogging, podcasts and online
video — will present “Consumer Generated Media: Blogs and Streaming
Video,” a comprehensive workshop that will cover the latest wave of
Internet business models, and how companies can leverage these
cost-effective tools to promote their products. Only four seats remain
for the Aug. 2 presentation and can be reserved by calling
513.579.3111. Cost is $175 for Chamber members; $300 for nonmembers.
The Top 10 Best Blogs In Cincinnati USA As Named By The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber And CincyTechUSA
“Building Cincinnati,” blogger Kevin LeMaster, coverage of Cincinnati development news, http://buildingcincinnati.blogspot.com
“Cincinnati Blog,” blogger Brian Griffin, political and progressive news and opinion in Cincinnati, http://cincinnati.blogspot.com/
“DesignCincinnati,” blogger Drew Steinbrecher, design and architecture highlights around the region, http://www.drew-o-rama.com/designcincinnati
Cancer Sux”, blogger Melissa McLaughlin, Melissa’s (Fort’s) inspiring
journal of her quest to beat stage-four breast cancer, http://fortscancersux.blogspot.com
Photo,” blogger Melissa Speelman, outstanding photo journal by a local
art teacher documenting her family, friends, and classroom activities, http://www.frecklephoto.com
Note Secure,” blogger Joe Long, WOXY.com staffer who has his finger
directly on the pulse of the music world in Cincinnati USA and beyond, http://www.eachnotesecure.com
McAlister,” blogger Lance McAlister, arguably the premier overall
sports blog in Cincinnati USA and the No. 1 fan site of
Pittsburgh-bound lightning bolt Valerie Abati, http://1530homer.com/pages/lancesBlog.html
“My Wine Education,” blogger Michelle Lentz, very tasty site about the local and worldwide wine scene, http://www.wine-girl.net
“Patent Baristas,” blogger Stephen Albainy-Jenie, provides pertinent information about intellectual property topics, http://patentbaristas.com
“Strategic Public Relations,” blogger Kevin Dugan, insights on the latest in PR developments and issues locally and globally, http://prblog.typepad.com
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