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Feb 12

Barrel Stamp: Ohio Bonded Winery #2

Barrelstamp
One of my favorite local wineries, Harmony Hill, has issued a strange request. I’ll let Bill tell you this great little story, followed by the request at the end.

During the summer of 2007, a local gentleman visitor
brought to the winery a brass barrel stamp that he had kept as a family
heirloom (a barrel stamp was used in the early days as a method of identifying
the winery that had filled the barrel with wine, was placed over the head of the
barrel and set over a flame to burn the stamp into the oak).

We only
remember marveling at this piece of history and realizing that it was
from Ohio Bonded Winery #2. Neither Patti nor I can recall the winery name,
nor the name of the gentleman. It was one of those crazy days at the winery when
visitors are lined up at the tasting bar, so by the time we had a chance to
speak with this gentleman at length, he had disappeared.

I have searched for months through the Ohio Division
of Liquor Control and Federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms licensing divisions
to try to find this gentleman, to no avail. Unfortunately, all winery records
prior to prohibition were destroyed.

The significance of that piece at this time
is related to an upcoming March event, during which (for the first time ever)
the City of Cincinnati Park Board is sponsoring a wine event at Krohn
Conservatory with a presentation about the History of the Ohio River Valley wine
appellation. That piece is significant, since as Ohio Bonded Winery #2, that
would have been only the second winery to be established after The
Longworth wineries in the mid 1800s. As many of you already know, Nicholas
Longworth started this nations wine history when he planted 3000
acres of Catawba along the shores of the Ohio River, east of Cincinnati, and is
still to this day considered "The Father of the American Wine
Industry."

The request: If any winery visitor has any recollection of this
gentleman’s visit to Harmony Hill, or knows anything about this piece, please contact us as soon as possible.

I will keep everyone posted as I find out more about the Krohn Conservatory Event. It sounds quite fun, and I do love the conservatory. If anyone knows anything about this barrel stamp from Ohio Winery #2, please get in touch.

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Feb 08

Cincinnati Wine Events 2008: 2/8 – 2/14

Heartwineglass

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s amazing the number of restaurants offering dinner specials with some percentage off wine bottles. Just do a search on Cin Weekly’s Events, because I can’t possibly cover them all here.

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 020808.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!

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Feb 05

Chalk

It takes real confidence, I think, to name a restaurant Chalk. It’s not the most appetizing of names, really. And while I don’t usually mind identifying a slight chalky flavor in my wine, I can’t say I’m searching for it in my food. Lucky for us, Chalk far surpasses its name.

Chalk

I’ve read reviews from other bloggers who aren’t so thrilled with Chalk. I think they go in expecting Pho Paris and well, it’s not. Chalk is whimsical and fun. The menu is happily filled with gourmet takes on comfort food. Chalk is upscale food that you can eat in jeans and Converse – it doesn’t require a little black dress and heels.

I’ve now been to Chalk twice, and both times the experience was excellent. We had a full evening out, complete with dinner, drinks, and a table for 5 on the second day the restaurant was in operation. I later returned with a girlfriend and we had drinks (and more drinks) and snacks. Both times, we had great service. In fact, both occasions (but especially on the first), our servers went out of their way to figure out what I could eat and what I couldn’t due to my nut allergy. On our first visit, our server Molly actually found out what desserts I could eat before I even asked. Considering that nuts can kill me, that’s the kind of service I appreciate.

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Feb 04

Writer’s Strike, Writer’s Block, and Twin Peaks

Twinpeaks
As I’m sure everyone knows by now, television is suffering from a writer’s strike. Therefore, our Tivo is suffering from emptiness. It was time to break into our slightly overflowing DVD collection.

We pulled out Twin Peaks. I missed Twin Peaks the first time around. I was off at high school football games and basketball games and generally didn’t care who killed Laura Palmer. Kevin however, always a film aficionado, was a fan of David Lynch and thus we have the DVD collection – from both seasons to the prequel film.

What does Twin Peaks have to do with wine? Well, not much, except it was the perfect accompaniment to a bottle I popped open on Saturday night. You may have noticed I’ve been suffering from a bit of writer’s block lately. So when I saw a bottle of Writer’s Block Pinot Noir 2006 on the tasting table at Liquor Direct this weekend, I had to try it.

Writersblock
Writer’s Block Pinot Noir has some big berries in it, but it’s still a quiet wine. It’s tangy, with cherries and brown sugar. It nicely complimented a white chocolate/chocolate mousse pastry on which I was munching. The wine had hints of cinnamon and butterscotch, and a bit tannic.

It’s an easy to drink wine, and for the price it’s complex and fun. It’s the sort I’d like to take with me to parties and share with my friends. And it’s just subtle enough to accompany the "over-the-top-ness" of Twin Peaks.
My rating:

Writer’s Block Pinot Noir 2006 by Steele Wines
Mendocino County, CA, 2006
Purchased at Liquor Direct Covington, $12.49

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Feb 01

Cincinnati Wine Events 2008: 2/1 – 2/7

45299668.CockandBullHappy Mardi Gras! This week brings us Fat Tuesday. I recommend checking out CinWeekly or CityBeat for listings of Mardi Gras celebrations both this weekend and Tuesday. Me? I just do wine. The Liquor Cabinet and Party Town are both celebrating Mardi Gras this weekend and including rum and vodka from New Orleans in their tastings.

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 020108.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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