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Aug 29

Featured Cincinnati Wine Events 8/29 – 9/4

Don’t forget to sign up for the wine tasting benefiting the
Krystal Pepper Memorial Scholarship. It’s Sept 11, 6-8 pm at the Party
Source. Pre-registration only. Sign up here.

The big deal this week is Restaurant Week, which runs 9/2 through 9/7. Take advantage of a bunch of fantastic restaurants – like Pigall’s – that are offering multi-course dinners for $28.08.

Looking for something else to do this weekend? All the local wineries are open on Saturday and Monday. Check out Henke, Harmony Hill, Meranda-Nixon, and more! Even Kinkead Ridge is open for their annual reds tasting and vineyard tour. Where are these places? Check out our local winery map.

Otherwise, it’s a very slow week due to the holiday. Remember, while some of your favorite wineries are open on Monday, many of your favorite wine shops will be closed. Call first!

Photo by Flickr user Photobunny under Creative Commons licensing

This is also the week to RSVP for some future events, including the Gourmet Sensation out in Mason, or if you don’t feel like dropping quite that much cash, try the Wine Dinner at Oceanaire. Julie and I will be getting a preview of that dinner this week, so we can let you know what’s coming. And of course, you’re running out of time to RSVP for our charity tasting at The Party Source. We’d love to have you there!

For information on what’s going on in Dayton, you can refer to Mark’s blog at Uncorked.

Tell the retailers we sent you, and have a great weekend! Go enjoy the fireworks!

Local Wine Tasting Event Calendar

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Friday, August 29
Wine C.A.R.T. Beer Tasting
6206 Mulhauser Road
Cincinnati, OH
Taste four beers with food pairing.

Thursday, September 4
The 2005 Wine Trail
, with Danny Gold
The Party Source EQ Center
95 Riviera Drive
Bellevue, KY
6-8 pm, $20 (includes $12 gift card)
Reservations required.

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Aug 28

Time is Running Out

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ll keep posting this until the seats are sold out! Come on, loyal readers, come join us!

There’s also a press release here and a lovely flyer you can download. Even if you can’t join us, please help us promote the event!


This is another benefit for the scholarship fund in memory of my
sister. But this one might be a little more to your liking, seeing as
how it’s a wine class.

Party Source has generously donated one of their excellent EQ
sessions, including the wine, the appetizers, and the expansive
knowledge of Jay Erisman. Come join us on Thurs, Sept 11, from 6-8 pm
at the EQ Center at The Party Source for a night learning about Up & Coming French Winemakers and Wine Regions, with a focus on red wines.

Cost for the event is $40 per person and 100% of your donation goes
to the scholarship fund. Isn’t that cool? There are only 28 15 13 seats still
available for this before we have to mark it as Sold Out. It’s a great
chance to learn more about French wine and help out a good cause as
well. Win/win – or perhaps, win/wine!

Tickets must be purchased online and it goes without saying (but I should say it anyway), you must be 21.

If you have any questions let me know. You can learn more about the Scholarship Fund at the official website, which is also where you can register for the tasting.


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Aug 28

Bourbon Tasting at Morton’s

Recently, Michelle and I attended the bourbon tasting at Morton’s Steakhouse in downtown Cincinnati. (It’s worth mentioning we were comp’d the tasting.) The featured bourbons were the upper end of the Jim Beam family, specifically Knob Creek, Booker’s, Basil Hayden, and Baker’s. There was a specific recipe made for each bourbon that paired with the appetizers.

Bernie Lubbers, Whiskey Professor, was brought in from Jim Beam to discuss the attributes of America’s native spirit and he did a great job of filling in historical information in an easy to digest manner. He made the lecture part of the evening light and entertaining before walking around to talk with each table personally. Adding the extra level of personal touch was a nice re-reinforcement of the overall friendly atmosphere.

Drinks included the Southern Citrus Smash, Knob Creek Mint Julep (incredibly sweet), the Booker’s Manhattan (which was amazingly potent), and the dessert-like Washington Apple martini.


The layout of the room was reception style with the appetizers in the
middle and two drink stations on either end of the room. We were lucky
enough to get a window seat using the ledge as our unofficial table and
providing a great view out onto Fountain Square.

The bar at Morton’s has a fantastic selection of
"bar bites" that provide a great end to any evening. We had the
mini-cheeseburgers, macaroni and cheese (thanks to Lauren who also had
the salad), and blue cheese french fries. Overall, a few additional
tastes to finish the evening.

Morton’s next event is a Chimay beer tasting on October 24.  They’ll be sampling Chimay Premiere (Red Cap), Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue Cap), and Chimay Cinq Cents (Gold Cap). The event is $45 and $5 of the ticket price will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Michelle and I will be in Sonoma, CA, that day, but if we were in town, we’d definitely go for the beer tasting. Morton’s has a great attention to detail and I imagine this next event will reflect that as well.

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Recipes for our bourbon drinks, and corresponding photos, are after the jump.

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Aug 26

Southern Brewers Festival

Occasionally, I like to have guest authors. My friends Carla and Tom are both travelers and beer connoisseurs. They recently attended the Southern Brewers Festival and Carla sent in her report.

It must be said that Tom and I are travelers. And if the travel destination includes the chance for great beer or wine, so much the better!  One of our favorite spots for combining great beer and travel is Big RIver Grille and Brew Works on Disney’s Boardwalk at Walt Disney World.  We go there often enough that we have our favorite server (Ursula), and the brewer there (Evan) knows us as the "smoked porter" couple. 

Our most recent beer trip is thanks to a heads up from Evan. Big River is based out of Chattanooga and in June, we did a long weekend trip there doing the touristy things like checking out the Tennessee Aquarium and also trying both Big RIver locations. We had a great time and quickly decided to go back for the big event this past weekend: the 14th annual Southern Brewers Festival, a one-day event that celebrates beer and raises money for New Kids on the Block, a Chattanooga-based group that uses puppets to educate children on diversity and other social concerns.


Big River is part of the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group and it seemed that representatives from the entire group were at the festival, including A1A Ale Works from St. Augustine, FL and the two Rock Bottom Breweries in Atlanta that are owned by Gordon Biersch. The other breweries and microbreweries weren’t all from the South (though that region was definitely well represented). The list included Abita, Atlanta Brewing Company, Barley Mob (a group of home brewers from Chattanooga), Foothills, Good People, Heiner Brau, Highland, Magic Hat, Moccasin Bend, Moon River, New Belgium, SweetWater, Terrapin, Yazoo and Yuengling.

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Aug 25

Restaurant Week: 9/2 – 9/7

Need I say more?


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