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Mar 14

Wine Festival!

I should have mentioned this weeks ago. I’ve been distracted, so my apologies.

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is March 28 & 29. They have three Grand Tastings, so I’m going to recommend you attend the Friday evening or Saturday afternoon.

In my experience, Friday evening is crowded, but not uncomfortably so. Saturday afternoon is never as crowded as the two evening events. Plus, you can have a nice post-tasting dinner downtown to sober up if you didn’t spit/dump and just drank it all down.
I have found Saturday night to just be a madhouse, with too many people and not enough wine. Seriously. Everything is running low.

This year, there is also a "Special Tasting Room." One hour before each event, you can attend the Special Tasting of High-End Wines. It’s an extra $35 for each 7 pours. I’m kind of irked about this. I liked it when it was all mixed in together – equal opportunity and all. But, the money goes to charity so I can’t complain too much. (I just need to figure out how to make my charity a beneficiary.)

There are also wine maker dinners. They are selling out quickly, but are well worth your time. Those run $125/ticket and all start promptly at 6:30.

Times and prices of all the wine maker dinners, as well as the Grand Tasting event information/prices, are after the jump.  Tickets to both the wine maker dinners and the Grand Tastings are available online.

Grand Tastings

Friday Evening 6:30 – 9:00 PM
$65.00 prior to event, $70.00 at the door
$100 for Grand Tasting ticket and Special Tasting ticket

Saturday Afternoon 2:30 – 4:30 PM
$55.00 prior to event, $60.00 at the door\
$90.00 for Grand Tasting ticket and Special Tasting ticket

Saturday Evening 6:30 – 9:00 PM
$65.00 prior to event, $70.00 at the door
$100 for Grand Tasting Ticket and Special Tasting ticket

WineMaker Dinners

Carlo and Johnny’s – SOLD OUT
Alexander Valley Vineyards

DaVeed’s at 934
Sefried Estate

Meeker Vineyard

Honey-SOLD OUT – Corporate Sponsor
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Graziano Family of Wines

Jags- SOLD OUT – Corporate Sponsor
Burnet Ridge

Jean Robert at Pigalls – SOLD OUT
Wines of France

Jeff Ruby’s – SOLD OUT
An Italian Affair

Morton’s, The Steakhouse
Morgan Winery

Orchids, featuring Honorary Chair, Stephanie Gallo
E&J Gallo

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