UPDATE: I just made a call and despite the information I was previously given, reservations are, indeed, required. There’s still room! Call 859.426.1042.
I just wanted to call out an event at the Argentine Bean on Monday evening. Monday is a fairly slow night for wine tastings, so I was afraid this one might get lost in the shuffle.
On Monday, 8/27, the Argentine Bean in Crestview Hills is hosting a Meet the Winemaker Tasting. I know little about the winemaker or the wines. From the emails I’ve exchanged with the Argentine Bean, I do know the winemaker is female, which I always find inspiring. The wines are from the premium line of the Filus Winery in Mendoza, Argentina. South America has a great legacy, and a great future, in wine, so I expect these wines will be enjoyable.
The cost for the tasting is $18/pp and includes light appetizers and bread. Reservations, surprisingly, are not required. The event lasts from 7-9 pm. Hope to see you there!
The Argentine Bean
2875 Town Center Blvd
Crestview Hills Town Center
(Next to Dillard’s on the inside of the loop)
Crestview Hills, KY
September is coming up on us rapidly. Where did the summer go? 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.
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.
Download 0824.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 – Thursday tastings. Upcoming events are listed at the end.
We attended a really great wine tasting on Friday night, and we’re going back again tomorrow. You’ll never guess where it is …
It’s at the Bigg’s Skytop Pavilion location on Beechmont. Yep, there’s a fantastic tasting and it’s in a grocery store.
Michael, the wine steward for this Bigg’s location, goes all out with his tasting. Last Friday night we tried 6 different Spanish cavas and sherries. Accompanying the wine tasting, we had chocolate covered strawberries, a fresh fruit tray, baked brie with fresh preserves, beef tenderloin with fresh herbs, haricot verts, and a few other items, all prepared by Chef James.
Michael kindly provided background notes for each wine, which is one of those things that I think takes a tasting from good to great. Michael was quite knowledgeable about each wine, and extremely helpful.
The best part? The whole shebang was only $5 per person.
I believe that tomorrow they are tasting Red Wine & Chocolates. Yum. Michael requests that you RSVP if possible, just so they can prepare enough food. Call 513.231.0606 or email. The tasting starts at 6:30. Get there on time to try some food before it disappears.
We perused the wine aisles after the tasting. While Bigg’s does sell their wine at the lowest prices (state minimum), it’s still less in Kentucky due to various state laws. But if you’re buying in Ohio, the selection at this Bigg’s was impressive.
Our quick reviews (face scale only) of the wines from last Friday are after the jump.
Since I posted on the upcoming Restaurant Week, I’ve had a couple of questions from readers. Namely, will the price go up if more restaurants participate, and does it support a charity?
I checked in with the Greater Cincinnati Independents group to get some answers.
Right now, in the inaugural edition of Restaurant Week, there are 25 restaurants participating. If more restaurants participate in the future, the price will only change by a penny. For instance, if 50 restaurants participate in 2008, the price will be $25.08. This is to acknowledge the original 25 participants. So no worries there!
I was also tipped off that different restaurants are approaching the three-course meal differently. For instance, you might not think that $25 is a deal at The Pub at Crestview Hills. However, they’ll be offering paired beer with each course, which greatly improves the value. Definitely call ahead to each restaurant to learn what they’ll be serving as their Restaurant Week prix-fixe menu.
This time around, GCI is simply promoting their message to indulge at your local, independently owned eateries. However, GCI supports several local charities, including an upcoming function in October.
The really great news is that there is a possibility that Restaurant Week might come back in the spring, at which point it will probably direct some proceeds to charity. So everyone, eat up Sept 4-8 and hopefully they’ll bring it back soon!
There’s some sad news in the Cincinnati wine scene this week. Paul Ortiz, founder of the Cincinnati Wine School and former wine director at Boca, passed away Monday at the age of 44.
Born and raised in Santa Fe, Paul settled in Cincinnati while attending UC in the mid ’80s. His first wine-related job was at Petersen’s in Mt. Adams, as a bartender. He was largely self-taught in wine, which I find inspiring. In the end he was running the Wine School and working for Vintner Select. Paul was known for his unpretentious, no-nonsense style that made wine approachable.
I only met Paul once, at the International Wine Festival shortly after he launched the Wine School. He struck me as a sweet and easygoing man. Since I began recording the Cincinnati area wine events in January, I noticed his name more and more often. Not only did his name appear for Wine School-related events, Paul was associated with any possible wine event that helped promote downtown and downtown living. Whether it was Second Sunday on Main or Art & Wine strolls at the Art Museum, Paul was involved.
There are few people in the Cincinnati food and wine industry who haven’t had some contact with Paul, even if just in passing. He was a great force in Cincinnati, not only for educating people about wine, but for promoting his adopted city. He will be missed.
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