Kevin bringing you a round up of this part years Cincinnati International Wine Festival. Once again, it was a good time to get a chance to meet a large number of interesting people from around the world and talk about something that we all love: wine. The quick summary follows, then the full review after the jump.
Highlight of the event: Finding a large number of Chardonnay wines that are attempting a balanced flavor with just enough oak and butter without overwhelming either flavor. Meeker Winery, Pine Ridge, and the Newton Red Label were nice examples of this style.
Lowlight of the event: A separate tasting area for "Special Wine Tasting"? $35 dollars for 7 pours in a room an hour before the tasting seems both excessive and goes against the spirit that all wine should be enjoyed by anyone. It’s the basic idea of the room that hits my sensibilities as I was unable to actually peruse the tasting area prior to the Friday afternoon tasting.
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Begin forwarded message:
> From: “Gerl, Kevin”
> Kevin here with a few favorite things from this year’s festival: >
> Tgic importers (booth 101) They do a great job of walking through
> the levels of syrah and malbec. I’m not sure if the high-end wines
> will be available, but ask anyway. >
> > Pine ridge (83) djion clone chard and pinot noir are fantastic >
> > Mh usa (43) pinot meunier is a nice example of how a bubbly can be
> made still. >
> > Meeker (87) great all around. >
> > Four vines (145) nice for zin lovers 4 different styles of the same
> grape. >
> > Cutting edge (10-11) great spanish inporter >
> > Rhr (21) great R3 and late harvet zin >
> > That’s my quick notes. >
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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!
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Follow the "Continue reading" jump at the bottom for Friday – Thursday tastings. Upcoming events are listed at the end.
The days are numbered. The Cincinnati Wine Festival is this weekend. Hundreds of wine, hundreds of people, and you with your tasting glass. How on earth do you survive it?
I have my own tips for Wine Festival Survival. I polled a large group of wine bloggers on Twitter and discovered that my tips are everyone else’s as well. These tips are geared for people who are heading to the Festival to try new wines, learn new things, and not get generally hammered.
So, from the collected wisdom of the Wine Blogging Twitosphere and in no particular order, here some ways to survive tasting hundreds of wines:
To help you prepare and get into the spirit, here are some of our posts from the Wine Festival in years past:
Wine Competitions Wine Book Club (WBC) Wine Judging Reviews Readings Whiskey Watch France Games Weblogs Wine Clubs Books RIP Repost WBW #65 Wine Glossary Wine Maps TasteCamp Web/Tech Marketing Uncategorized Legislation Recipes Florida Recession Wine Meet the Winemaker Greatest Hits Drink Pink! (BCRF) Holiday Current Affairs Television Spirits Photos Wine Shop Wednesday Contests Scotch & Whiskey History Disney Wine Tech Food and Wine Pairings Mad Men Monday Guest Writers Pop Culture Food and Drink Wine Blogs Knowledge Entertainment Dinner and Drinks Life Charity Benefits News Beer-Guy.net Special Events Beer WBW Local Wineries Cocktails Wine Shops Restaurants Travel Wineries Wine Notes Wine Events Weekly Cincinnati Wine Events Wine Misc Local Tastings Cincinnati