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