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Sep 20

Some Thursday Night To-Dos

Since I haven’t been able to post a Friday listing in two weeks, I haven’t been able to tell you about a couple events that are happening, well, tonight!

  • Allyn’s Cafe Monthly Wine Party: Tonight Allyn’s is featuring Chilean Wines, starting at 6:30 pm. Allyn’s is located at 3538 Columbia Parkway, 45226. 513.871.5779
  • Encore Bistro & Bar, Loveland, is hosting a 4-course tasting and cooking demonstration by Chef Paul Dagenbach. The event starts at 6:30 pm. Call ahead to make sure there are still seats available: 513.774.7072. Encore is located at 9521 Fields-Ertel Road, 45150.
  • The Opera Gala Host/Hostess committee is sponsoring a Late Night in the Amazon Happy Hour at Boi Na Braza, Downtown. 5:30 – 7:30 with tropical drinks and complimentary appetizers.
  • The Wine CART in West Chester is hosting Argentinian winemaker Luis Reginato from Luis & Tikal wineries. Call ahead at 513.860.9463 to reserve your time with Luis. Cost is $12/pp.
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Sep 19

Trying Again

What a whirlwind …
After coming home from Florida, I hardly got any posts up before Kevin’s father passed away. The past week has been absolutely surreal. I hope to get at least one post up tomorrow and the Friday listings, and return to normalcy next week.
Here’s what will help me – if you know of any upcoming wine events, please send them to me or post in the comments. I’m behind in all areas right now, but especially in those wine event listings.
Thanks for your help, and for your patience.


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Sep 13

Thanks for your understanding

My Wine Education is on hiatus through next Tuesday. We’ve had a death in the immediate family, so we’ll have no blog posts for a few days, including the Friday listing. We appreciate your understanding right now.


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Sep 11

Wine Blogging Wednesday #37: Go Native!

Kevin & I have a lot going on in our family right now. It’s a minor miracle we even remembered Wine Blogging Wednesday. Luckily I purchased the wine a couple of weeks ago and had it chilled. When we arrived home at 10:30 pm tonight from some obligations we had, we popped the cork and each had a glass. I wish we could have had this wine with food – I suspect it would have paired well with a light salad or chicken.

I had it in my head to find some sort of domestic grape for this WBW that was not Norton. (I’m not a fan of the inky Norton.) We chose, as our native grape, the CHARDONEL grape, which is native to none other than the USA – the Finger Lakes, to be exact. I’m going to cheat and just give you a quote from Appellation America:

Chardonel was developed in New York State,
to be a late-ripening, highly-productive, cold-climate varietal. A
cross of Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc, Chardonel is proving its value in
the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states. Given much of the same treatment
as Chardonnay, it adapts well to barrel fermention, and controlled lees
contact. The result is often a full-bodied dry wine, high in alcohol
and acidity, with a similar, if less pronounced character than

I was at an outlet mall in Edinburgh, Indiana, which is sort of a happy distance between Columbus (Indiana) and Indianapolis. Simmons Winery, which is located down the road in Columbus, has an enormously successful outpost in the outlet mall. It’s a really a brilliant idea, if you think about it. People from all over the IN/KY/OH area visit that outlet mall, as my mom and I did for the weekend. (Must. Shop.) Having a small tasting room in the outlet mall is great exposure and marketing.

Simmons itself is located on a 120-year old farm. Simmons farms 12.5 acres with 8 varieties of grape. The Chardonel we’re drinking this evening was grown on their farm. I’m not drinking it in Indiana, but I’m drinking it about 20 miles from the state line, and I am in the right country. Does that earn me WBW Bonus points? They’re growing mostly French-American hybrids, as a lot of midwestern wineries do, but I think there’s a little bit of vinifera thrown in for good measure. I picked up a nice Marechal Foch while I was there as well.

On to the wine.

2004 Chardonel
Simmons Winery
Columbus, Indiana

It’s more complex than you might think, although heavy on the citrus. The nose comes of with a lot of green apples – most like a jolly rancher without the sugar. The attack gives you plenty of apricots, followed by apples and just plain ol’ citrus. The wine finishes with a clean slate, literally. It’s almost like a rock might taste after being washed clean by a rushing stream. However, Kevin detected a slightly oily feeling in his mouth.  Despite the oiliness, it’s also a dry wine, and not too sweet, which is nice.

This is a fun wine, and again, I wish we’d had a chance to try it with some food, especially a simple chicken dinner. Would I buy it again? Probably not.

We’re giving it a . If anything, it was an adventure with a domestic grape I might have avoided in the past. I’m slightly more enlightened now, and isn’t that the point of Wine Blogging Wednesday?

Many thanks to Dr. Vino for hosting this month’s virtual wine adventure. Cheers …

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Sep 10

… And we’re back, sort of

There won’t be much in the line of a post today, due to catchup I need to do. That’s what happens when you’re gone for several days.

A couple of announcements before I dive into work:

I’ll be attending the Wine Divas class at the Polo Grille tonight next Monday night (sorry for the last minute change in plans). Ladies, I invite you to join me. If you can’t make it tonight, they’re offering duplicate sessions now, it’s proved so popular. You can now attend classes on the 2nd or the 3rd Monday of each month.

Also, we learned Friday night that The Napa Grille in Hyde Park is no more. It just simply closed one night. I’m quite sad about this, as it was a favorite restaurant.

Hopefully we’ve got some great posts coming up this week, if time allows: including our review of RED, possibly a review of Bella Luna, notes on the Wine Divas class, Wine Blogging Wednesday, and some thoughts on what makes a great wine store. If we’re lucky, I might be able to get Kevin to write a post on Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo.


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