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Mar 13

LiveBlog: Cincinnati Int’l Wine Fest 2009

Welcome to our live blog! We'll be using technology to its fullest today. Kevin will be tweeting to this page, and I'll be mobile blogging. This is a grand experiment and, well, live blogging a wine festival does have the potential to go horribly wrong.

Starting between 1 and 1:30 EST today, we'll be at the trade tasting portion of the Cincinnati Int'l Wine Festival. We'll be returning to the Special Tasting Room around 5:30 pm. From between 3 pm and 5:30, I'll put the live blog below on Standby.

Our rating scale has been converted from pretty happy faces to ASCII, assuming we remember to use it, is:

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Silly, but useful. We'll turn these live tweets and mobile blogs into our personal wine notes later. And you can refer to them as you plan our your evening at the wine festival. Even when we're not liveblogging, the technology (CoverItLive) allows you to go back and replay the event from this page pretty much whenever you want (which is also helpful if you're viewing from an RSS feed).

Please remember, Kevin & I will both have our mobile phones. For both of us (but especially me), spelling is occasionally iffy on these things. Personally, I have a heckuva time typing on my iPhone, so have patience and try not to edit us.

Cincinnati Int'l Wine Fest Live Blog Experiment (03/13/2009) 
1:22
Twitter kevingerl:  Meeker chard 17 percent malo :)
1:22
michelle:  And we're off! 2005 meeker lifes a beAch chard. :)
1:24
michelle:  Meeker pink elephant rose – dry, yummy :)
1:26
michelle:  Pine ridge 2007 chenin blanc viognier :)
1:27
michelle:  Pine ridge chard – too oaky for me :(
1:28
Twitter kevingerl:  Pine ridge dijon clones chard has solid oakiness and good round flavors
1:31
michelle:  Pine ridge fortis :)
1:34
michelle:  We gave barefoot pg a gold medal. Huh.
1:39
Twitter kevingerl:  Obrien chard has spicy finish and strong mid palate. French oak for 10 months adds a nice balance.
1:39
Twitter kevingerl:  Firelands riesling has nice granny smith baked in
1:42
michelle:  Montes alpha Pinot.Noir. South American. V. Good :)
1:42
Twitter kevingerl:  Fireland 06 riesling :) – go ohio
1:46
michelle:  Obrien chard. Excellent. :)
1:51
Twitter kevingerl:  Firelands ice wine was flown out again in about 10 plane loads in december.
1:51
Twitter kevingerl:  Firelands also has goretti imported from the umbria region of italy :V
1:52
Twitter kevingerl:  Del rio pinot gris good fruit and tart characteristics. :) very good example of pg.
1:53
michelle:  Willing to admit it. Burnett ridge makes some good wines. Particularly enjoy 3 kings cab.
1:54
michelle:  Helix pomatoa. : >
1:56
Twitter kevingerl:  Voig from del rio has more fruit loops than skittles. Warml for oregan but cool compared to rest another :)
2:00
Twitter kevingerl:  Del rio chard also has good balance in flavor. :)
2:05
Twitter kevingerl:  Winemaker white from maryhill. Hite blend. Sweet nose and spicy finish lends to a very nice blend. Would pair with spicy food. :)
2:06
Twitter kevingerl:  :V on the last one
2:08
Twitter kevingerl:  Sauv blanc has sweeter mango flavors. more rs than usual in a sauv. :V not dry or grassy
2:11
michelle:  My phone rebooted! I hate my iPhone!
2:12
Twitter kevingerl:  10 percent semillion in sauv blanc from robert hall. Grapefruit flavor comes through on finish and is a nice representation. :V
2:13
michelle:  Del rio vineyard one of my faves. Loved viognier. V. Fruit loopy. Also enjoyed the rose, which tasted almost like a sparkling. Yum. Both get a :) from me.
2:13
Twitter kevingerl:  Very different than last example and shows flexability of grape.
2:14
Twitter kevingerl:  Sip certified in 2008 for entire winery. Sip deals with more than grape growing.
2:15
michelle:  Finding it difficult to walk be type. Am obv old.
2:16
Twitter kevingerl:  07 Viogmier has dry oily characteristics. :)
2:18
Twitter kevingerl:  08 chard has good fruit showing. No new oak at all and barrell malo fermentation. :)
2:19
michelle:  Just realized that merryvale isn't here. No Antigua for me. :(
2:20
Twitter kevingerl:  08 orange muscat has low acid and good finish :V
2:27
Twitter kevingerl:  Row 11 civello :l mostly verdelho. Are better known for their pinot selection.
2:30
Twitter kevingerl:  Black box whites (pinot gris and chard) are both heavily oaked. Very little fruit comes through.
2:42
Twitter kevingerl:  07 dry chenin from dry creek vineyards. Citris and melon but very dry. :) always a favorite of mine and great for easter
2:47
Twitter kevingerl:  07 fume blanc heavy pepper flavor but unoaked sauv blanc. Might be phased out as a fume in a few years.
2:49
Twitter kevingerl:  two oceans sauv blanc :l dry style.
2:52
Twitter kevingerl:  The spanish quarter 08 chard albarino blend. Nice porch wine for suumer. :) should be great in a crowded festival tonight
2:54
Twitter kevingerl:  Artes reserve chard has nice french oak. Not my favorite style of chard, but this one is nice. :V
2:57
Twitter kevingerl:  Meranda nixon 08 chard was bottled earlier this week and is another good example of wine fron southern ohio.
2:59
Twitter kevingerl:  08 tramenette has nice sweetness and would also be another good porch wine or one to sip with a picnic.
3:00
Twitter kevingerl:  :)
3:00
Twitter kevingerl:  Time for reds for the last hour.
3:02
michelle:  Meranda Nixon local winery. Loved all 4 of their festival offerings. Recommend visiting them for dinner.
3:02
Twitter kevingerl:  miranda nixson cabernet has the sweetness that I find in s ohio reds. not bad, but overall I liked the whites they offered. :l
3:05
Twitter kevingerl:  Artesa pinot has nice light flavor for pinot. Little currant and cherry :)
3:08
Twitter kevingerl:  Artesa elements is a blend with both napa and sonoma varietals. :v
3:10
Twitter kevingerl:  artesa cab sauv has cherry, spice and a little dirt underneath. Nice balanced with mineral finish. :)
3:10
Twitter kevingerl:  booth 116 is worth the stop
3:15
Twitter kevingerl:  Dry creek zin – 12 petite syrah good chalky finish and light peppers. :v
3:20
Twitter kevingerl:  Seven daughters blend from cal is niice easy drnking red :) at booth 67
3:22
Twitter kevingerl:  santa margherita Chianti at booth 67 has nice light flavors and ould work with the pasta from kroger
3:26
Twitter kevingerl:  Row 11 3 vineyards pinot – a little bacon/earth with be good with mushroom or earthy food.
3:31
Twitter kevingerl:  Row 11 russan river 30 year old vine has nice old world style pinot flavor. Nice intensity and flavor carries thru
3:33
Twitter kevingerl:  Santa maria valley 14 days on cold soak masuration. Very rich and fruit forward from santa barbra area. :) best of the 3 but all were good.
3:36
Twitter kevingerl:  Obrien merlot 03 is fuller than a lot of merlots I have tried. :v
3:36
Twitter kevingerl:  Obrien seduction 05 – bord blend with earth tannins cherry. Great napa flavors in a balanced wine than lingers on the finish.
3:46
Twitter kevingerl:  4 vines chard has butteriness but no malo fermentation. Will also show well in the evening sessions. :)
3:49
Twitter kevingerl:  4 vines zin – sweet flavor would pair with food. :)
3:51
Twitter kevingerl:  Maverick vineyard zin – more chocolate and cinnimon flavors.
3:51
Twitter kevingerl:  Sofisticate sonoma old vine zin more fruit in comparison but still nice sweetness. :)
3:56
Twitter kevingerl:  4 vines also has 2 zin infused blends where zin replaces the expected main varietal. Both interesting playful wines.
4:01
Twitter kevingerl:  Firelands listra has nice tannins at end of tasting
4:05
Twitter kevingerl:  Fireland ice wine has sweet peach and expected thickness. Very nice end to the tasting.
6:08
Twitter kevingerl:  btw now in private room
6:08
Twitter kevingerl:  Newton unfiltered chard has rich full pear and both of us give it :)
6:11
Twitter kevingerl:  Penfolds 707 leather full bodied, very nice. :) from both
6:19
Twitter kevingerl:  Jocelyn lonen and advocate were both full and tannic with the advocate being slightly sweeter. K: :) S: :V for joceln and :) advocate
6:23
Twitter kevingerl:  lamourette sauertuers in lemon goodness. I think I still really like grape juice and sugar.
7:35
Twitter kevingerl:  shel likes penfold bin 28 for earth characteristics and used french oak.
8:17

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