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Feb 21

Texas Twitters: Thursday

Twitter updates from Michelle (shels):

  • One of my readers sent me a fantastic list of things to do and places to eat in Austin & San Antonio. Thanks Michael!
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Feb 18

Ohio Wineries: Even Closer to Home

Ohio wineries are coming to you.


March 21st at Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park you can try any number of our local goodies, including

  • Henke
  • Harmony Hill
  • Kinkead Ridge
  • Vinoklet
  • Burnett Ridge
  • Valley
  • Meranda-Nixon
  • Meier’s
  • Woodstone Creek

Nicholas Longworth (think Longworth Hall in Mt Adams) was the first to grow grapes in the area, inadvertently creating the Ohio River Valley appellation. The session at Krohn conservatory provides a historical context for our thriving wine area and includes tastings from 9 different local wineries. Your admission price of $35 also includes a Tiffany’s wine glass and a tour of Krohn Conservatory. RSVP by March 17th to 513.421.5707.

While we’re on the subject of local wineries, congratulations to Henke! The fun winery over on the west side was recently mentioned in a USA Today article on urban wineries. Cincinnati has a lot of urban wineries. In addition to Henke, Woodstone Creek, Burnett Ridge,and Vinoklet would all fall into the Urban Wine category as well. Back in June, I had a great time tasting at Henke, although I can’t seem to find the relevant blog post at the moment. I’m glad they’re getting a little extra publicity.

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Feb 15

Cincinnati Wine Events 2008: 2/15 – 2/21

MusichallHappy President’s Day! Happy Leap Year! Alright, there are no real holidays coming up. Think of it as a break, following on the heels of Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. For Kevin and I, this is the last week before we take off for Texas. We’re presenting on technology at the ASTD TechKnowledge conference in San Antonio. That also means that this is the last Friday post for a couple of weeks. We’ll be gone on the 22nd and we won’t make it back in time for me to get a post out on the 29th. So pay attention to those upcoming events. Now they’re important!

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. 


Download 021508.pdf (An easy-to-print PDF of all the events in this blog post)

Per usual, the Friday image comes from our friends at CincyImages.

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


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Feb 14

What? It’s Valentine’s Day?

On Tuesday night when Kevin said, "Is Valentine’s Day this week?", I was pretty sure that I wasn’t getting the necklace I want from Tiffany’s and that a dozen roses were probably out of the question.

In fact, we’re spending a fairly low key Valentine’s Day (or, you know, THURSDAY) evening at the Party Source’s Smooth Wines for Your Valentine tasting class at the EQ Center.

I would think that all of our area restaurants would be having Valentine’s Day specials, but I just wanted to call out a few. If you’re lucky, you can still get reservations.

I think the Henke Winery event, which includes dinner and paired wines for $89.95/couple, is an incredible deal. If we didn’t already have plans, I’d jump on that one.

Remember, you can also take a few moments to do a standard wine tasting, which can be romantic. Cork-N-Bottle always has Thursday night tastings, but I advise swinging by MicroWines in Kenwood to get a little more of the appropriate atmosphere.

Not part of a couple? It’s perfectly fine this Valentine’s Day. The event at the new Chalk is probably right up your alley. If you’re of the female persuasion, then pop by the always fun Tino Vino for a pure girls’ night. Enjoy!


318 Greenup Street
Covington, KY
Love Stinks: Singles Dining Event
Tasting Menu: $49
Wine Pairings: $29
Communal Seating Available
Reservations recommended.

Henke Winery
3077 Harrison Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45211
Valentine’s Day Wine & Dine
4–10 pm, $89.95/couple
Reservations required.

Jean-Robert @ Pigall’s
127 West 4th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Pigall’s has one heck of a menu planned.
$125/pp, $50 wine/pp

The Party Source
95 Riviera Drive
Bellevue, KY 41073
Smooth Wines for your Valentine
6–8 pm, $30
Reservations required.

The Polo Grille
8035 Deerfield Blvd
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Wine & Dine Your Valentine
All bottled wine 30-40% off
Special Valentine’s Menu from Chef Thom
Make reservations through OpenTable

Tino Vino
3665 Erie Ave.,
Cincinnati, OH 45208
513.871.8466 (VINO)
Love Yourself! Valentine’s Day Girls’ Night Out:
Representatives from Pure Romance, designer jewelry, purse vendors
Special prices on wine & appetizers
No admission fee. Reservations are not required.

The Wine Store 
9905 Montgomery Road
Montgomery, OH 45242
Thursday Wine Tasting: Ultra premium Cab Sauv from California
7 pm, $60
Reservations required by Jan 22.

Wine C.A.R.T
6206 Mulhauser Road
West Chester, OH 45069
Wine Murder Mystery Dinner
6–9 pm, $75/pp
Reservations required.

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Feb 13

WBW #42: Just Seven Words

Wbw7wordsIt’s time again for Wine Blogging Wednesday. Andrew at Spittoon has suggested that we drink any Italian Red and then write the tasting note in Just Seven Words. Andrew was inspired by a program on digital radio BBC 6.

I did a little research on using Just Seven Words to express a thought. It’s currently a popular idea, thanks to Michael Pollan’s new book "In Defense of Food." On the cover he distills his entire thesis in just seven words: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

This has inspired any number of "Can you say it in just 7 words?" contests. The one I enjoyed the most was the NY Times contest run by blogger Tara Parker-Pope. She asked readers to distill sage wisdom in Just Seven Words using the 3-2-3 haiku like approach. Parker-Pope ended up with all sorts of fun entries, including

  • Seek wisdom. Think for yourself. Avoid maxims.
  • Know thyself. But not completely. Need surprises. (My personal favorite.)
  • Wear clothes. Not too many. Mostly spandex.
  • Eat pie. Very good pie. Not often.

And the contest winner:

  • Ate plants. A big heap. Still hungry.

LacourtAfter playing around with several 3-2-3 combinations, I ended up with 3-3-1. I also had some fun with a thesaurus, in search of the perfect finishing word. Cheers to hoping a haiku-inspired entry isn’t cheating.

Chocolate, berries delight.
Passing time, leathery.

Oh? The wine you ask?
2001 Michele Chiarlo Barbera D’Asti
Superiore La Court

Piedmont, Italy

Cork-n-Bottle: $19.97

Our overall rating:

Our thanks to Andrew for hosting an original Wine Blogging Wednesday. It’s fun to challenge the creative juices in different ways.

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