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Oceanaire: Your Wine Dinner Alternative

Those winemaker dinners hosted by the Cincinnati Int'l Wine Festival are pretty darn amazing. Of course, they're also pretty darned expensive. If you're like me, you're already shelling out $65 for a tasting ticket and maybe an additional $35 for the Special Tasting room. Multiply that by 2 and it's an expensive night on the town. The wine dinners on Thursday night cost an additional $125 – $150. I have no doubt they're worth it, and I look forward to the day when I can plop down $300 to go.

This year, there is an alternative. Oceanaire is having their own winemaker dinner for a much more affordable price. Can't make it on Thursday? Oceanaire is hosting a winemaker brunch, also affordable, on Sunday.


Thursday's dinner features winemaker Greg Graziano from Graziano Wine Cellars (Mendocino, CA). The dinner includes 5 courses with 5 paired wines for $65 plus tax/tip.

Sunday's wine brunch features McNab Ridge winemaker Rich Parducci. It includes four courses with paired wines for $30 plus tax/tip.

Of course, Oceanaire's wine dinners don't help out a charity, but if pennies are pinched and you still want an affordable night out with paired wine, it might be the way to go.

Menus are after the jump.

Winemaker Dinner – Thursday night, 6:30 pm
Menu subject to change due upon availability

First Course
Red Watercress – Golden Beet Salad
Prosciutto Wrapped Nectarines, Blood Orange Vinaigrette
Chenin Blanc

Second Course
Seared New Zealand King Salmon
Fennel Chimichurri, Charred White Asparagus
St. Gregory Pinot Noir

Third Course
White Bean – Pancetta Ravioli
Sage Cream, Porcini Oil
Dolcetto Rosato

New Zealand Lamb Chop
Spiced Sherry Salsa, Braised Swiss Chard

Fourth Course
Veal Roulade   
Israeli Couscous, Figs, Dates, Spinach, Sundried Tomato
Coro Mendocino Zinfandel Blend

Fifth Course
Fruit & Cheese Plate
Red Pears, Pickled Raspberries, Stilton, Aged White Cheddar, Lavender Honey
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc

Winemaker Brunch, Sunday morning
Menu subject to change due upon availability

First Course
Oceanaire “Porkopolis” Breakfast
Housemade Goetta, Sunny Side Egg, Creamed Hashbrown
McNab Ridge French Colombard ‘07

Second Course
Fisherman’s Breakfast
Grilled New Zealand King Salmon, Baked Shrimp, Fried Oyster, Nueske’s Bacon Steak
McNab Ridge Sauvignon Blanc ‘07

Third Course
Shuckman’s Bourbon Smoked Trout Hash
Chorizo, Sweet Potato, Poached Egg, Chive Oil
Coro Mendencino Zinfandel Blend ‘04

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