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Mar 13

Game Plan for the Rest of the Week

Alright folks, as you know, my Benefit got moved to THIS Friday. While in some ways this has completely disrupted my schedule (anyone want VIP tix to the BlackFinn Grand Opening?), it also gave me time to complete some Benefit-related items that I hadn’t accomplished by last Friday. I also got to play in the snow a little on Saturday, which was fun and relaxing.

However, it has pretty much disrupted this Thursday and Friday. That means  – No Friday Post.

I will, however, make it up to you. The way I see it, you shouldn’t be anywhere tomorrow night other than at my Benefit (bidding on some excellent wine baskets) or at home relaxing with some wine. So why post alternatives for Friday and encourage you to go somewhere else? I will have an Event Post though, and I’ll post it out on Monday, covering Monday – Thursday. The following Friday we’ll be back to our normal schedule.

Rest assured, I know this weekend is the run-up to St. Patrick’s Day, and some of you may want to start early. In that case, I humbly direct you to all things Cincinnati-St.Patty’s at CinWeekly.

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Mar 12

A Wine Shop at Findlay Market!

It’s about time, yes?
Due to my own time constraints, I’m pretty much going to cut and paste pieces from their press release. But the message is the same. It’s a good place for a wine shop.

Beginning March 29, Market
Wines will open its doors to offer the perfect accompaniment to your
purchases.  Owner Michael Maxwell decided the time was right for
Findlay Market to support an independent wine shop. Maxwell plans on stocking a little
bit of everything, including organic wines and especially those that
pair well with food.  Maxwell
is also considering stocking kosher wines and those produced through
the biodynamic process. 

Market Wines is located at 128 W.
Elder St., directly across from the main Market building.  Hours
of operation are  Tuesday,  Wednesday and Thursday from 9-5,
Friday from 9-6, Saturday from 8-6 and closed Sunday and Monday. 
The phone number is  513-744-9888.  In addition to fine wines,
Market Wines will also stock a selection of micro-brewed and imported
beers and wine accessories.  The shop will also hold monthly wine

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Posted by Michelle at 12:26 pm in Cincinnati, Wine Shops | Permalink | Comments (2)
Mar 11

Wine in Ky Groceries?

I’m always getting forwards and online petitions from folks. I tend to just delete them.

But one of them caught my eye today, as I’m sure my friend who sent it intended. I verified it before publishing (as all good bloggers do), so now I’m sharing.

For a while, I’ve been following the story of trying to get wine into Ky grocery stores, similar to Ohio. Having lived in Ohio for a good deal of time, I was accustomed to this. When I moved to Ky, I learned that it’s sort of a pain to go put all my groceries in the car, esp in the summer heat, and run back to the separate liquor store to buy wine. My methods changed – I started shopping at the larger stores, such as Party Town and Party Source, and making trips specifically geared towards wine and liquor.

As you can read in this article from the Louisville Courier-Journal, these types of stores aren’t at all happy with the bill. Based on my personal example, I understand why. It would definitely hurt their business. However, I know that I can always get better prices at Party Source than I can the Kroger Liquor Store. I also know that Liquor Direct, Party Town, and Party Source all have much better and broader selections in just about everything than my local Kroger liquor store. So why go to Kroger?

The argument being used by the Food & Wine Coalition is a bit weak. They say it will help sell Ky Wines. I’m not so sure about that and I think they need to change their tact. I admit that in stores like Remke, where there is a Kentucky-Proud area of the store with local products, Ky wine would get a nice feature. But I can’t exactly see that happening in Kroger or other larger chain stores.

But if this bill does past, grocery stores would get a big boost. Women are the fastest growing segment of the wine-buying market. Who does most of the grocery shopping in a family? Right, the girls. Grocery stores know that gearing the right wines towards women in their store is a boon – once you’re buying dinner, why not pick up a bottle of that Mad Housewife Cab to go with your steak?

There are other reasons, but I suspect that’s at the heart of it.

For me, well, it would occasionally just be convenient to drive right down the street and still pay less than the high prices usually (but not always) found at the local Cork and Bottle.

More information on how you can help make this happen is after the jump.

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Mar 11

Restaurants Come and Restaurants Go

Sometimes its a carousel around here, the way we gain restaurants and then lose them. In this case, we have lost, as of yesterday, Mike & Jimmy’s Chophouse in Crestview Hills.

We are gaining John Phillip’s in the same location.

I never actually had more than bourbon and appetizers at Mike & Jimmy’s. There’s a reason for that. I have friends who were not very thrilled with the place, had poor to amazingly poor service, and so forth. So despite being just around the corner from us, we never got around to eating there.

As usual in situations like this, we’re not given an explanation for the closing. But I’m pretty excited about what is going into the location and plans on opening as soon as April.

The new restaurant is co-owned by locals John Whalen and Phillip Liles. Whalen has worked in the local restaurant business for years and Liles is a long-time Newport police captain. Whalen intends on being on-site and hands-on in the new restaurant. He’s worked at both The Conservatory and The Waterfront. But the items on his resume that intrigue me are his recent stint as the GM for the Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar in Hyde Park and that he opened The Syndicate in Newport back in 1995 and ran it for 10 years. (I loved that place.)

With his presence actually in the restaurant and his history with some great locations, I have high hopes for John Phillip’s. I can’t wait to find out more about the head chef and what they plan on doing with their wine list. (John Phillip’s should probably look into joining GC Independents.)

Also: I noticed as I was driving past the other day that there is a big Dewey’s Pizza sign on the former Nothing But Noodles in Crestview Hills. That makes me quite happy!

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Mar 10

Restaurant Week Extended!

Looks like the Greater Cincinnati Independent Restaurants weren’t too happy about the snow on Friday and Saturday. Like me, they had to reschedule some things.

The great news – Restaurant Week has been extended until March 14! This means you get a few extra days to take advantage of the great 3-course meals available for $25.08.  Enjoy!

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Posted by Michelle at 1:45 pm in Dinner and Drinks | Permalink | Comments (1)

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