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Feb 27

Jim Beam Changes Bourbon

Hi everybody! This is our opinion of the Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry Infused Bourbon Announcement from February. You can also read our more recent review of how it tastes.

Breaking news in the wine & spirits world today, with the reviews popping up of Jim Beam’s Red Stag.

Wild Turkey American Honey started a trend that really needs to
stop. Now adding whiskey and honey to tea when I have a cold is a long
standing family tradition to help strengthen your immune system, so we do reach for the American Honey – with tea – when we’re sick.

Image from: The Bourbon Blog

With the announcement of Red Stag, a black cherry flavor infused bourbon, Jim Beam has done something that really should not have been done. I let cans of Beam and Cola slide. I even turned a blind eye to cans of Beam and Ginger Ale as some people prefer to mix their drinks. In fact, if Beam Distillers had decided to can the Black Cherry directly into the cola they might have had a product targeted at consumers who would want to drink something like this.

Sadly, Jim Beam makes some very nice bourbon drinks, Booker’s and Basil Hayden both jump to mind. This marketing ploy needs to stop before we have as many different flavored bourbons as we do vodkas.

My friend Jeff made the following simple 5 year plan for Jim Beam to regain the trust of bourbon drinkers:

Step 1: Discontinue this line.
Step 2: Apologize to loyal bourbon drinkers
Step 3: Don’t do anything this dumb for 5 more years.

If you disagree with Beam’s direction on this, please contact Jim Beam on their website here: http://jimbeam.com/contactus.aspx

– Kevin

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Feb 27

Featured Cincinnati Wine Events: Feb 28 – March 6

March: In like a lion and out like a lamb. Are you ready?


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I'm not. Time slips away from me anymore and I worry I'm not appreciating things like I should, which brings me to Open That Bottle Night.
OTBN was created by two of my favorite wine journalists (Dorothy &
John from the Wall Street Journal) back in 2000. The goal is for you to
grab that bottle of wine you've been saving and drink it. If you keep
holding onto it for something special, nothing will ever be special
enough. Trust me on that one – I hoard our wine. It doesn't have to be
an expensive bottle, although it often is. Maybe it's just a bottle
leftover from your wedding, or a bottle with another special memory.
Whatever it is, take some time out this weekend and pop open that
bottle. Enjoy OTBN!

So, on to the weekly events. As usual, after a jam-packed week like last week, this is a slow week.

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.

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Feb 27

Repost: CityBeat Best of? Your Vote Counts

This is a repost from the end of January. Why? Because voting for CityBeat's Best of ends on Sunday, so vote soon!

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. 😉

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.

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.


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Feb 26

Wine & Shakespeare (heavy on the wine)

Saturday night, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is holding a wine tasting event at MicroWines as their 2009/2010 Season Announcement Party. CSC announces their new season and you get to try yummy, small production wines. I'm a big fan of MicroWines and a tasting there is an chance to try some unique, hard-to-find wines.

We'll be tasting

  • Hofer Gruner Veltliner Weinviertel (Vienna)
  • Domaine Barroubio Muscat Sec (Languedoc)
  • Weingut Binz Spatburgunder (Baden, Germany)
  • Sonnino Leone Rosse Toscana (Italy)

The tasting is open to everyone, but you do need to RSVP. Cost, because the wines are small production and this is a charity event, is $75/person. You can feel okay about that because a portion of the ticket price will be tax-deductible, and all proceeds go to help keep CSC happily afloat. The price includes the four-flight tasting and light bites by Funky's catering. If it matters to you, you also get the chance to hobnob with the actors.

Now, here's the really good part: each ticket enters you into the "door prize" drawing for the evening. As CSC announces each production in the upcoming 2009/2010 season, they'll draw the name of one attendee, who will receive a mini-lot of fine wines selected by MicroWines. There are seven shows, so seven winners. MicroWines is a small place, so I'm going to say your chances are pretty good.

There are two tastings: 5-7 pm and 8-10 pm. There is still room in both, but I know the early one is filling up faster. For reservations, contact Development Director Kelly Bollinger by email or phone: 513-381-2273 ext. 217. You can also fill out this form (PDF)
and fax it to 513.381.2298. As long as you RSVP, you can still pay at the door.  Kevin and I will be at the later tasting, and we'd love to see you there!

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Feb 26

Big News: BlogHer Panel

If you're in the blogosphere, and female, you know that BlogHer is sort of the end-all be-all of blogging conferences. It boasts an amazingly huge number of attendees (not all women, by the way) and a wide range of topics.


This year, I've been asked to speak on the Food Blogging in Time of Recession panel at the July BlogHer conference in Chicago. I know, I'm not a food blogger. But what's food without wine? I'll be speaking, I think, on both finding Recession Wines as well as how to be a wine (and food) blogger during a recession. It sort of cuts back on fancy dinners and such – unless you're a bit creative.

Being asked to sit on on of these panels is a big honor, and I'm thrilled to have the chance!

I'm lucky enough to grace the panel with "Crockpot Lady" Stephanie, Hetal Jannu from Show Me the Curry, Deborah Hamilton of Lunch in a Box, and Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes

Because the other bloggers on the panel are more specialized in home cooking, I'm hoping to talk about both how to find those recession wines, but also (with a little coaching from Julie at Wine Me Dine Me), I hope to offer some ways to eat out on a budget – including finding a sweet spot on a wine list. 

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