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Jan 26

Las Vegas Las Vegas

I'm off to Las Vegas tomorrow morning. I'm going for business. I'll be presenting at the ASTD TechKnowledge conference on Creative Commons licensing (although the session has a deceptively different name) and a mini-workshop on using Twitter.

By the way, if you're curious in these things, I offer classes here in Cincinnati as well. Just express interest.

Don't worry about the wine blog either. I've got several posts lined up and scheduled so that you're not without your wine information – you'll never know I'm gone. Kevin might even pop in with a Beer Guy post while I'm gone.

But there's something for you in my Vegas trip as well.

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Photo by Michelle, Downtown Las Vegas, 02/07

I'm a firm believer in killing two birds with one stone. So while I'm in the city that truly never sleeps, I'm going to interview some of the cocktail and wine superstars. And that's where I need your help.

On Wednesday morning, I'm interviewing Patricia Richards, who is the lead mixologist for Wynn Resorts. It's unusual for a woman to have achieved this role. I suspect it's her mixing that is also responsible for the Best Bellini I've Ever Had. Nothing can compare to the Bellini I had at the Wynn two years ago, so I'm eager to find out her secrets.

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Patricia Richards. Photo provided by the Wynn

Additionally, I'm heading over to my favorite Vegas restaurant that's out of my price range: Aureole by Charlie Palmer. About 6 years ago, Kevin took me there as an early birthday dinner. I love the place – the wine servers "fly" on bungie cords up the wine tower to retrieve bottles. I wonder if they'll let me fly. Regardless, I'm set up to interview their Master Sommelier on Wednesday afternoon. I'm quite excited.

So my questions to you: What Do You Want to Know? Do you have questions about cocktails or mixology? Lay 'em on me. I'll ask Patricia. Questions about wine, buying wine for a fancy restaurant, buying wine IN a fancy restaurant? I can't wait to hear them.

It's up to you, folks. Help me out by posting interview questions in the comments.

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Posted by Michelle at 7:00 am in Cocktails, Food and Drink, Special Events, Travel | Permalink | Comments (1)
Jan 24

City Beat Best of? Your Vote Counts

Vote for me

It's silly, and it probably doesn't matter much in the scheme of things, but I like to think my efforts here mean a little. ;-)

You can now vote for the City Beat Best of the City Awards. My blog, among others, is listed as potential best blog. I really wish they'd broken it out into categories, but they didn't.

All you need to vote is an email address. Go to CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati page and read the instructions. Once you get to the survey, you can vote on your favorite liquor stores, wine shops, and restaurants, as well as just about everything else. (Again, I wonder why they only have one category for blogs.) It's a fun survey. You can fill out as much or as little as you wish. The BLOG category is listed under PUBLIC EYE.

Do I think I'll win? Not in a million years. All my favorite blogs  – and closest friends – are nominated too. The competition is stiff. But at least I'm in the mix, yes? You have until March 1 to vote, so you know I'll be mentioning this again.

We appreciate your vote here at My Wine Education. Everyone knows, a blog is nothing without its readers.

Cheers,
Michelle

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Jan 23

Featured Cincinnati Wine Events: Jan 24 – Jan 30, 2009 – UPDATED

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It's
another slow week, but maybe slightly less cold.
I was wrong!  I've just discovered some dinners and things, so I've updated the postings below. Again, many of the
one-time events this week are hosted by The Party Source.

There are two events at the end of the week I'd like the point out. City Cellars is hosting their first wine dinner. At $35 per person, it's a steal. Also, the
Bacchanalian Society Winter Gathering is this week, at the beautiful Phoenix downtown. Kevin will be working the event, hopefully pouring wine or
uncorking bottles. Me? I'm in Las Vegas all next week, so expect fewer
posts to the wine blog.

Remember, these are just one-time events of which I'm aware. Regular (recurring) events are always listed on the calendar. The calendar is up to date.
Any wine-related events I'm currently aware of are on the
calendar. If I missed something – something local to Cincinnati that is
- let me know!

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

Local Wine Tasting Event Calendar

Map IconFriday Interactive Wine Tasting Map

Map IconSaturday Interactive Wine Tasting Map

Photo Credit: Winter on Fountain Square, taken by me, 12/08

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Jan 23

Losing Pigall’s … and Jean-Robert

This makes me so sad. I know it's not wine related, but I thought it was worth sharing.

Pigalls

As many people know, there has been some tension between Jean-Robert de Cavel and his partners Martin & Marilyn Wade over the last year. Well, it looks like it's just too much. Jean-Robert at Pigall's, the flagship restaurant, will close on Feb 28 and Jean-Robert will leave the restaurant group.

There is this:

The partnership’s name has been changed from the Jean-Robert Restaurant Group to the Relish Restaurant Group, the Wades said.

None of the other establishments in the group, including Twist Lounge,
next to Pigall’s, will close. JeanRo Bistro downtown, Lavomatic in
Over-the-Rhine, Greenup Café and Chalk Food + Wine in Covington all
will remain open, the Wades said.

Of course, I'm not sure how the quality will be affected – and the morale of the employees. Everyone loved Chef Jean-Robert and I know he was inspiring to many of those who worked for him. Differences with the Wades have sent several of my favorite employees packing from those restaurants in the last year.

Compounding the sadness, Mobile gave Jean-Robert at Pigall's a 4-star rating last week. It's the 5th year for that rating, and the only restaurant in the tri-state area to acheive it.

Thanks to Julie for the tip!

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Jan 21

Inauguration Libation

George Bush wasn't exactly a fan of fine wine, and his staff tended to serve the wrong (read: super expensive) wine at the wrong time (read: economic collapse). The Obamas, on the other hand, enjoy a nice glass of wine. In fact, their Chicago home reportedly has a wine cellar that holds up to 1,000 bottles.

According to Forbes, the Inaugural Luncheon served a 2007 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc (est $30) and a 2005 Goldeneye Pinot Noir (est $50). Duckhorn is also responsible for Goldeneye.

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The one that surprised me, however, was a NV Korbel Natural Sparkling Wine (est $14). Really, I think they could have stretched their wings a little on that sparkler. Even staying domestic, they could have gone for a reasonably priced Chandon, Domaine Carneros, or Gloria Ferrer and still easily stayed under $50 a bottle. Personally, I don't like to skimp on my bubbly.

Thanks to the economy, sales of wine are dropping like flies. Obviously, Kevin & I can't support the wine-economy alone. But the wine industry is hoping that having wine drinkers in the White House will make a positive impresssion on those of you hesitant to spend your money on wine.

"I can't help but think that after eight years of no wine drinkers in
the White House that (Obama) will have a felicitous effect on
Americans' drinking habits," John Gillespie, head of the Wine Market
Council, told the 2009 Wine Market Council Research Conference in New
York.

 

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