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Jan 18

Cincinnati Wine Events 2008: 1/18 – 1/24

CitycellarsThis past week we enjoyed a night out at 20 Brix and an evening at Chalk Food + Wine. I highly recommend both, and the wine shop at Chalk should be open by the end of next week. 20 Brix is having regular, personal wine tastings every Tuesday night. I’ll be writing up both of these enjoyable locations next week.

Kevin and I are heading to Memphis to enjoy a long weekend away. We’ve earned it, believe me. So it’s up to all of you to visit all the great wine tastings available this weekend. Enjoy!

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 011808.pdf (An easy-to-print PDF of all the events in this blog post)

Per 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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Jan 16

WBW #41: Friuli White Wines

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For this month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday, Jack & Joanne of the Fork & Bottle are asking us to explore the world of Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia white wines.

What in the world are those? Friuli-Venezia Giulia is simply a region in Italy, similar to Napa Valley in the US or Bordeaux in France. The Friuli wines are excellent, and include everything from Tocai Friulano, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and many many more.

About two years ago, we were wandering around Microwines in Kenwood. There was a gorgeous bottle at the tasting bar, and we were taken by the taste as well. That’s how we went home with a bottle of Tocai Friulano. I read where many bloggers had a hard time finding this wine. I was thrilled that it was still sitting in my wine refrigerator. It’s great when I can find the required wine in my own cellar!

Livio Felluga Tocai Friulano, 2004
Microwines, $24

LivioLivio Felluga produces Friulano, which is the traditional wine of the region. Felluga’s wines are known for their personality and typicity. This wine is no exception. There was a limestone tinge to the nose, like clean slate. The wine was bold up front, with fruit, but it wasn’t your average fruit. More like dried pineapples and a little bit of lemon zest. I found the fruit flavors a bit exotic. There was a slight bitter finish, but not annoyingly so. I was intrigued by the smooth creaminess of this wine. We drank it as a standalone wine, but I suspect this wine would really shine when paired with perhaps a bass or trout dinner. It seemed to be a very food-friendly wine. The weight of the wine was surprising. So many whites I drink are light and easy, whereas this one seemed to have some heft to it on my tongue.
Overall, we really enjoyed the wine, although we might have appreciated it more on a sunny day as opposed to one covered in snow.
Our rating:

Our thanks to Fork & Bottle for hosting this month!

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Jan 14

Another One Bites the Dust

McFadden’s is apparently closed, with no warning. This makes me sad – now that it’s smoke-free, I rather enjoy McFadden’s. It was also a great location for drinks and snacks after the Shakespeare Company shows. Another one down. All these restaurant closings – I suppose it’s evolution.

Here is the article from the Cincinnati Business Courier:

McFadden’s Restaurant, the casual Irish-inspired pub and eatery on Seventh Street, has shut
its doors and left little indication whether it will reopen.

The restaurant’s Web site is down and its voice mail is full. The
windows are covered with tightly drawn curtains and the front of the
restaurant, the hostess area, is crowded with stacks of its dining room
chairs. There is no sign or notice posted, however.

Bar Investment Group, which opened McFadden’s in March 2005, signed a 15-year lease on the property. Debi O’Dell, general manager at Diamond Properties,
which owns the building, declined comment. She referred calls to owner
Paul Derrico at Bar Investment, but he could not be reached.

McFadden’s replaced Nick & Tony’s, which closed without warning in September 2004, less than two years after it opened.

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Jan 14

Best in the City

While it may be my birthday, congratulations are in store for two of my favorite retail shops. The February issue of Cincinnati Magazine focuses on the Best of Cincinnati with randomly made-up categories.

Liquor Direct won Best Cheap Wine, meaning best prices on wine in the city. No argument from me. Without a doubt, Liquor Direct’s wine prices beat everyone else’s by a mile. I swear they sell the wines for barely over wholesale.

The EQ Center at the Party Source won Best Cooking Class, although that honor extends to their affordable demos and wine tastings as well. We love attending these classes and always get a lot out of them.

Congratulations!

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Jan 11

Cincinnati Wine Events 2008: 1/11 – 1/17

FountainI dig my wine listings out of all sorts of spots. One of the big ones is usually the Enquirer’s Calendar. Unfortunately, not all our usual suspects have updated their bits of the calendar for the new year. Keep that in mind if the listing seems slim. In many cases, I went on the assumption of a regular tasting, but keep that in mind as you drive from one location to another.

Regular tastings do return this weekend to my Ky favorites Liquor Direct and Party Town, as well as Ohio’s Chateau Pomije and Wine World. Note that the times for Liquor Direct’s Saturday tastings have changed to 2 until 6 pm.

Friday brings a large selection of tastings this week. Do we head to
Bigg’s Skytop to meet the Spanish winemaker, to the new Blue Ash Kroger
for their Penfold’s tasting, and/or back to Liquor Direct because we’ve missed
them?

In case anyone cares, Monday is my birthday. I’m celebrating by going to the first tasting at 20 Brix in Milford on Tuesday, 1/15. I’d love to see any and all of you there! This is the first of weekly Tuesday night tastings at 20 Brix.

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. 

Small_pdf_icon

 

Download 011108.pdf (An easy-to-print PDF of all the events in this blog post)

Per 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!

Read the rest of this entry »

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