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May 29

Featured Cincinnati Wine Events: May 30 – June 5

Well, the Featured Events are back, but I'm not. This week I've been
swamped with a dozen presentations to put together for upcoming events.
If you want to see me present on social media (and learn where all my
time goes), you can check out a list of what I'm doing next.

However, next week is Winery Week
here at My Wine Education. Each day I'll cover the latest from Harmony
Hill, Meranda-Nixon and Kinkead Ridge, based on our visits on Memorial
Day Monday. If our plans hold out, we'll be heading to Chateau Thomas
in Indiana tomorrow, so we can tell you all about that as well.


I added a couple of recurring events to the Events Calendar: Friday tastings at Mama Vita's (4-11 pm, $5), and Friday tastings at Mesh (5-7 pm, $20).  Other recently added recurring events include Tuesdays at Party Town (6-7 pm, free) and Wednesday Pizzas at City Cellars (5:30-7:30 pm). 

There aren't that many one-time, special events this week, but what I found, I listed after the jump. If I missed something – something local to Cincinnati that is
let me know! Enjoy!

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

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May 25

Party Town Adds a Tasting

We're about to brave the possibly inclement weather and head to Kinkead Ridge, Meranda-Nixon, and Harmony Hill for the day. Cross your fingers that the rain holds off for us.

Before we leave, I want to tell everyone about a new tasting that Party Town has added. It's on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 6-7 pm. This is in addition to their popular Saturday/Sunday tastings and their Friday night beer events.

I was told that soon, these Tuesday night tastings will become wine and food pairing events. They're starting off small, gauging interest. Since I know we all want these to evolve into pairing events, please go!

As always, wine tastings at Party Town are free!

Party Town is located at 6823 Burlington Pike, Florence, KY‎, right off Turfway Road. I'll see you there!

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May 22

Featured Cincinnati Wine Events: May 23-29

Oh my goodness! The Featured Events are back! I even updated the events calendar! I only got through about half of June though, so please send me any events you run across and I'll make sure to add them immediately.

The thing I noticed most is a decrease in one-time events and an uptick in weekly events. This is partially because The Party Source is trying to happily monopolize your week, with a Toast to Tuesdays! (cocktails, starting in June), Wine'd Up Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursdays (beer & burgers), and Sunday Sips (wine)), and classes on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays. I miss the classes spread out through the week, but I like the lower cost – albeit more informal – options they're offering for the summer.

Of course, this weekend there is Taste of Cincinnati. It's the end-all be-all of Cincinnati food festivals and worth your time. I prefer to go on Sunday or Monday afternoons, as there seem to be less people. That said, this year we've got tickets for the Saturday night Reds game, so we're hitting Taste beforehand. If you see us, give us a shout! I guarantee you can find me by the Mecklenburg Gardens creme puffs – yum!

Don't forget that the Ohio wineries officially kick-off their summer tasting season this weekend. We like to start at Kinkead Ridge in Ripley, detour off to Meranda-Nixon and Lakeside Vineyards, then finish the day with music and a picnic at Harmony Hill in Bethel. We've even got a map of all the local wineries. Make sure to double-check with the individual winery web sites to verify tasting room hours.

Finally, if you're a fan of Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, he'll be participating in the Dancing FOR the Stars benefit on Saturday night. He'll be dancing with a friend of mine, Doreen Beatrice. When I taught lindy hop and swing, I rented studio space from Doreen. I still regularly dance at her Step N Out Studio in Covington, so I just wanted to plug the event to support her and Jean-Robert! Good luck Doreen!  Tickets are still available for the benefit at Music Hall and cost $50.

Other cool events this week include the following:

Saturday, May 23

Taste the HYPE Young Professional Event
Free beer and wine sampling with food and Taste of Cincinnati souvenir mug.
Music by Rusty Griswolds.

Fountain Square
7 pm – 11 pm
$40/couple, $25/single
Registration recommended.

Wednesday, May 27

ABCDEs of Wine Tasting
Taste and rate wines ranging from $10-$30 to find the winners. Paired with food.
The Wine Store
9905 Montgomery Road
6:30 pm
Cincinnati, OH 45242
$40/couple, $25/single
Reservations required.

Thursday, May 28

Cooking Series @ Vito's Cafe: Cooking with the Chefs
Includes demonstration, tasting, and wine pairing with each course
Vito's Cafe
654 Highland Avenue
Fort Thomas, KY 41075
6 pm
$90 for three classes / $40 per class
Reservations required.

Friday, May 29

Fashion Friday with Cincy Chic & Tino Vino
Wine, women and fashion from local designers and boutiques.
Tino Vino Vintners
3665 Erie Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45208
6 – 9 pm
For more information: 513.721.2445 or Cincy Chic

Cool Wine and Hot Jazz
Wine tasting, snacks, music, and more. Benefits Ault Park.
Ault Park
3600 Observatory Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45208
$30 pp, 6:30-9:30 pm
Registration required.

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May 22

Our Own Sin City

Before there was Las Vegas, there was Newport, Ky. No kidding. From spending WAY too much time at York Street Cafe in my life, I knew a lot of the history of that building (speakeasy, hidden safes, etc), but I hadn't realized how real it all was, and how rampant, throughout Newport.

Gangsters everywhere, post-prohibition. Gambling, prostitution, alcohol, casino robberies, murder and tommy guns … it was all in Newport. 

We got to take the Newport Gangsters tour last night. I loved it!  I knew the history of Prohibition and beer in this area from an article I once wrote. It was nice to see what happened in Newport after Prohibition was repealed and the bootleggers, um, expanded.

I had fun with my new camera. Newport has some great buildings. You can visit the Flickr set or watch the slideshow below.

The tour costs $15 and the proceeds benefit a great local charity where our kids are sent to teach for a week at schools in the Caribbean. It's another great cause. The guys that are running the tour are obviously having a great time – and they're sort of overflowing with facts from their research. In fact, I think their research sort of scares them a little. They talked to a lot of people – a lot of the still living (and still local) gangsters and club owners/partygoers from the era. 

It's worth a few hours of your time. Right now, this weekend is your only chance to experience the fun tour, although they're debating on continuing through the summer, as well as looking into a Haunted Newport Ghost Tour. Go show your support – it's a short walk to and from Newport from Taste of Cincinnat and the tour lasts 90 minutes.

You'll never look at Newport the same way.

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May 21

Tweeting for a Great Cause

This doesn't have a lot to do with wine. But it does have to do with Taste of Cincinnati, which is how I'm justifying the post. Truthfully, I'm a sucker for a great cause and that's why it's here.

I originally posted this on Bub.blicio.us, a Silicon Valley-based technology blog for which I'm a contributing writer.

The latest national news out of Cincinnati is what's being billed as The World's Largest Tweet-Up. I'm not sure if that's accurate on a number of levels, but it doesn't matter. It's good marketing for a good cause, and a great example of a non-profit using social media to raise awareness.


Last July, musician Katie Reider passed away at age 30 from a rare form of cancer that attacked the left side of her face. It left her blind in one eye and unable to do what she did best – sing. Katie was a local musician for us, but she'd been on the national scene as well, and was one of those artists spotlighted on WB shows like Dawson's Creek.

500Kin365.org, was created in May of 2008 with the help of Katie Reider's loyal fanbase to reconnect and introduce 500,000 people to Katie Reider, her music and her story over the next year, as she continued to undergo treatment. The site took off, and the goal is to introduce 500,000 people to her music. Two sets of Katie's songs can be downloaded for only $1 each on the site and 100% of the proceeds to go help pay off the family's exorbitant medical bills.

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