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Tonite? The Palace and The Bacchanalian Society

I made a very similar suggestion back in July, but tonite there is, yet again, a perfect coalescence
of events happening. What are you doing tonite?

First, I think you should pick up the phone and make reservations at The Palace at The Cincinnatian for a scrumptious and affordable dinner.

Since it's the third Thursday, you
can enjoy the Two for $60 option in the restaurant. You've heard me talk about these enough – you can get a
multi-course meal for two plus a bottle of wine for $60
at the Palace.
If you haven't gone yet, you should. It's a real bargain and the food
is elegant and approachable. Lately they've been theme-ing their menus, and tonite is Japanese. Summer Genetti, the pastry chef, is pretty excited about the asian-inspired half-price desserts: "creamy
coconut rice pudding with passionfruit caramel and kaffir lime
shortbread, red bean "cheesecake" with candied sweet potatoes and
toasted sesame white chocolate green tea mousse cake, curried chocolate
banana tartlet with sweet ginger cream." (our Two for $60 review)

Not up for a multi-course meal? You can enjoy the Happy Hour at the classy Cricket Lounge.
Every night from 4-7 pm you can choose from 1/2 price items on the
rather impressive bar menu. Drink specials include $2.50 Draft Beers
(including Bass and Christian Moerlein), 1/2 Price House Wines, $5
Specialty Cocktails, and daily food and drink specials.(our review)

So now that you've eaten, you're ready to drink a little. That's good,
because the Bacchanalian Society is hosting their Fall Gathering down the street at Fountain Square, from 7-10 pm. Haven't been to a Bacchanalian Society
event? Well, don't expect high-end wine, but do expect a lot of fun and
the chance to meet a lot of new people. This time around, your team (up
to 3 people) needs to bring 3 bottles of a Syrah or Shiraz. I'm expecting a lot of Australian wine to appear.

don't get your hopes up that there will be a lot of expensive wine
there. A lot of folks will buy the cheapest
wine possible and then drink to get drunk. The kind hosts and hostesses insist this is a wine tasting,
though, so please take that into consideration. When you pour your wine, remember that if you pour a huge glass and then dump it, the wine at the event disappears that much faster. There's a finite amount of wine people!

Kevin and I are participating in the host/hostessing duties this evening. Chances are you'll see us at the back table, uncorking wine at an Olympic pace. Wave hello!

There are, of course, rules to the game, which you can read after the jump.

Rules (from the Bacchanalian Society web site):

Bacchanalian Society helps charities to conduct competitive wine
tastings where even the loser gets to take something home.  The
competition is based on what we call the "
Rule of Three."  Huh?  Keep reading …


  • A
    different wine varietal (such as chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, etc.)
    is featured at each event. Teams, consisting of 1 to 3 participants,
    are admitted by bringing 3 bottles of the same featured varietal to the
    event. For example, if the featured varietal is merlot, your team could
    bring 3 bottles of the 2005 Hess Select Merlot. The wine varietal for
    the upcoming event is a French Red.

  • At
    the event, 2 of each team's 3 bottles are bagged, tagged and ranked by
    each participant. The 3rd bottle is set aside and left unopened. The
    teams that brought the 5 highest ranked wines divvy up each team's 3rd
    unopened bottle, except for the lowest ranked wine which will be
    returned to the team that brought it. If 2 or more teams bring the same
    wine, rankings can still differ depending upon the temperature of the
    wine, how long it has been open, etc.
  • Please
    remember, teams can consist of 1 to 3 participants. Thus, a group of 4
    participants, for example, will be considered 2 teams and must bring 6
    bottles of the featured varietal to enter the event. Still don't get
    it?  Just remember, the "Rule of Three," which is visually depicted above. 
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Posted by Michelle at 9:55 am in Cincinnati, Food and Drink, Local, Wine Events | Permalink | Comments (2)

2 Responses to “Tonite? The Palace and The Bacchanalian Society”

  1. I will definitely visit this place with my girlfriend.She is master of bargainer.I think she will have a great experience there. I am sure,she will choose all course meal and it will give me nice time to spend with her. I will Buy Cigars online directly from Cuba.That i can enjoy only with her because she also loves it flavor.

  2. I have been to other fall gatherings.It’s a nice place to hang out with friends.I found a box of Cuban cigars in a recent gathering.Since then I’m a big fan of Cuban cigar. I buy Cigars Online to get the best quality.

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