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Sep 28

Cincinnati Wine Events 9/28- 10/4

EdenparkAs 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!

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

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Download 0928.pdf (An easy-to-print PDF of all the events in this blog post)

As usual, the Friday photo is brought to you from the talented folks at Cincy Images.

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

Cheers!

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Sep 27

Vote for Kinkead Ridge

There are so many popularity contests in the wine world. This one is a video contest sponsored by Wine Spectator. Our own Kinkead Ridge has made the finals with their video/photo montage about the winery: "The Romance of the Vineyard." Check it out here, and don’t forget to vote for them!

I also noticed that Chateau Pomije in O’Bryonville just got in a limited number of reds from Kinkead Ridge. Folks, these wines are excellent – we tried them at the beginning of September. Hopefully Tim will still have a Cabernet Sauvignon by the time I make it to O’Bryonville. Kevin dropped our bottle last night and it is now staining the floor red in his office. Smells pretty good though.

Go vote for Kinkead Ridge!

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Sep 26

A Little Bit of Ice

I just wrapped up, I hope, another article for Taste Cincinnati magazine – this time the topic was Icewine. As I was making phone calls and talking to people, I learned something. Cincinnati is seriously missing out. Folks, icewine is the best wine you’re not drinking. It’s a top seller up north, but around here it’s hard to come by.

It’s a catch-22 though. You’re not drinking it because it’s hard to find. But it’s hard to find because you’re not asking for it. So go ask the folks at your local wine store for some icewine. If it’s expensive, ask for Ohio ice wine. With Ohio icewine from vintners such as Firelands, Debonne, or St. Joseph, you’re getting Canadian quality at half the price. Remember, northern Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie, has the same microclimate as Ontario, where most of the world’s icewine is made. Ohio icewine is winning international awards. So go ask for it!

That said, I’m about to talk about Canadian icewine. Kevin and I travel to Ontario, and Niagara-on-the-Lake, around once a year. It’s one of my favorite places to visit, year round. I think the Niagara Parkway, paralleling the Niagara River, is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I’ve been. I find the wineries extremely friendly and approachable, and until recently, affordable. (Of course, now the CA dollar and the US dollar have equaled out.) While we’re in Canada, we usually buy a slew of icewine and one of my favorites, gamay noir. (Photos from our 01/07 trip are here, and an overview of the trip is here.)

Peller
As I researched the article, I needed a little inspiration, so we broke out a bottle of Peller Estates 2004 Vidal icewine.

Icewine is fascinating, mostly for the process in which it is made. I go into it in detail in the article, so I’m not going to dive into it much here. But it’s interesting to note, as you’re sipping on icewine, that the grapes were probably picked in the dead of night at temperatures around 15 degrees F and then immediately pressed so as to not lose the chill. There’s a lot of love and labor that goes into this particular dessert wine.

The Peller icewine was light but sweet (of course). It wasn’t syrupy, but more palate cleansing with citrus notes. The acidity nicely balanced out the probable residual sugar of around 20. It was fresh like a sorbet, slightly lemony, with a lovely natural, fresh flavor.

Although we visited Peller, we purchased a chardonnay icewine on that visit. This is the more traditional Vidal Blanc grape. I believe we actually picked up this bottle (it was only a 200 mL) at the Duty Free shop before crossing back over the bridge. If I’m not mistaken, it came in a 2-pack with a blueberry icewine we gave to my mother-in-law, who loves her blueberry wine.

Our review:

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Posted by Michelle at 1:01 pm in Tastings, Wine Notes | Permalink | Comments ()
Sep 25

Organized Wine

I fully admit that things aren’t going to be back to normal around here for another week. But for the next couple days, I’m going to try to get one little post in per day, plus the Friday event listing. After that, the relatives will go home, the services will be over, and we can find our new normal. So, on with the first of these little posts:

I’m leading a book club session at an upcoming conference on the book "Everything is Miscellaneous." It got me thinking about how I organize – or more appropriately, would like to organize – my wine. We don’t have a wine cellar, instead, wine is in three small temperature controlled coolers and then shoved into every available spot in our house. I do, however, tag our wine. Each bottle has a hanging tag that lists the type of wine on the front. On the back it lists the drink by date, where it was purchased, and how much we paid. In addition to the haphazard physical organization of my wine, I have most of my bottles logged into CellarTracker. Like most of these online wine organization tools, it lets me view my bottles by vintage, purchase location, varietal, and so on. CellarTracker does not yet use tagging, although I read somewhere that tagging is a coming upgrade. (Don’t quote me on that though.)

I started wondering how everyone else organizes their wine and it led me to Donna M’s blog. Donna is an information architect and compulsive organizer. However, if I had the space, I would organize my wines exactly as Donna has – by varietal, then vintage, and then with all the other information on my hanging tags.  I don’t see this as a complicated organization scheme. Where it runs into difficulty is the same place that most physical organization schemes run into difficulty – when you add a new bottle. There may not be room for that bottle between 1996 and 1998 Cabernets. Then what? Years and years ago I worked at a video store. When new releases came in, we had to move every single movie just to fit in the new one. It is the bane of the alphabetical and physical world. The advantage CellarTracker has over physicality is that it also allows me to note where I stored the wine and sort by storage location as well.

Just some thoughts as my professional world and wine world overlap yet again.

Cross-posted to the Write Tech blog.

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Sep 21

Cincinnati Wine Events 9/21- 9/27

Cincinnati Wine Events 9/21–9/27

ChickendanceAnd we’re back! With this list we have some sort of normalcy returning to our lives. Thank goodness. The last two weeks, between Florida and death, have been rather surreal.

Overshadowing all other events this weekend is the annual Oktoberfest celebration downtown on 5th Street, which happens on Saturday and Sunday. As usual with these big events, I direct you to CinWeekly for all the latest Oktoberfest information. Also this weekend is Tha Blast, also covered by CinWeekly.

This weekend we’re heading to Chicago to deal with some family-related things, so we’ll miss the great events going on this weekend. You’ll have to let us know how all these fun events go off!

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. 

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Download 0921.pdf (An easy-to-print PDF of all the events in this blog post)

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

Cheers!

Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Michelle at 12:01 am in Cincinnati, Weekly Cincinnati Wine Events | Permalink | Comments ()

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