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Feb 19

Featured Cincinnati Wine Events, Feb 20-26

After a crazy Valentine’s week, our wine events slow down a little. We’ve added Oakley Wines to the recurring wines section, as they offer a Friday evening tasting. New to our one-time listings is A Bottle or Two on Montgomery Road, which offers food and wine pairing events on the weekend.

My recommendation for the week? If you can, reserve a spot for the Malvirà wine tasting at The Party Source on Saturday. Additionally, you can join Rivertown Brewery, a new local brewery, at their Dilly Deli launch party on Tuesday evening.

Remember, all the recurring events, those dependable weekly tastings, are displayed on our calendar. The one-time events are after the jump.

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

Local Wine Tasting Event Calendar

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Feb 17

Addressing Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair has a recent article out that, quite frankly, angers me. I’ve always read – and loved – Vanity Fair. I loved everything from the ads to the articles. But I can’t explain how angry I was when I read the latest article from writer A.A. Gill.

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Read it. If you live in Cincinnati, tell me you weren’t angered by the time you got to paragraph 2. Or here – let me help:

It’s not in the nature of stoic Cincinnatians to boast, which is fortunate, really, for they have meager pickings to boast about. They could, though, if they were the bragging sort, brag about a quaint old optician’s shop that will make you a new pair of spectacles in an hour—by chance I am both shortsighted and had an hour to spare. As the nice lady gave my new lenses a polish, I asked her if she thought the eye was such a complicated and mysterious structure that it could have been created only in one inspired, farsighted moment by God and not by the blind trial and error of natural selection. “That kind of makes sense,” she smiled. But then, Galileo invented a refracting telescope and the church locked him up for pointing out that, as he learned by observing the rest of the solar system, the earth isn’t the center of the universe. Do you think that glasses might be the work of the Devil? She smiled again. “Would you like a hard or a soft case with that, sir?”

Here’s the thing. I really don’t take issue with his attitude towards the Creation Museum. I don’t agree with the place and, in truth, am a little embarrassed that it’s so close to our fair city (and my house, for that matter). But for the writer to take unwarranted pot shots at our city? Please.

From what I read in the article, my guess is that Mr. Gill got off his flight at CVG and never left Hebron. Now, Hebron is a nice little place (members of my family live there), but it’s small, albeit growing. It is not, in any way, an impressive metropolis. It’s a suburb. From there, Mr. Gill obviously drove out to Petersburg to see that museum, and that was the extent of his trip to Cincinnati.

Does he not realize that we are a gateway for all sorts of large companies, including Toyota and, of course, Procter & Gamble? That we host a tennis tournament every year? (A line from the article: Here in Nowheresville, Kentucky, tennis is considered a game for Europeans and other sexual deviants. I can’t imagine what they think of English actors.) Does he know we have award-winning chefs and bring in top-notch shows every year? We are not Nowheresville. In fact, Cincinnati has done nothing but grow and grow – expanding over the river into Northern Kentucky and north to Mason and West Chester at a rapid rate. If people weren’t coming here, we wouldn’t be growing, so obviously there is something here to like.

Katy said it best over on her blog, with a brilliant retort of a blog post. But I just wanted to mention that I love this city – I write about the wine that is available in this city and the events in this city for winos like myself. With all that, I’m still ranked 10th on the list of Top 100 wine blogs. 10th. I guess there are a lot of people out there, both in our city and out, who want to read my regionally focused wine blog. In the process, they’re learning all about Cincinnati, and Mr. Gill, they don’t seem to mind. In fact, they keep coming back for more.

Personally, I’d love to have Mr. Gill come back and enjoy his time in the Queen City, much like the New York Times did last year. I think we might surprise him.

Want to share your thoughts with Vanity Fair? letters@vf.com

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Feb 16

New Mobile Wine App

Over on my Wine & Food Pairing page, you’ll find a widget from my friend Natalie MacLean that helps you pair just about any food with any wine, beer, or spirit.
Natalie has taken that up one notch. She has just launched a new mobile application for iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as a web-based app for BlackBerry, Droid and other smartphones. The new mobile version includes all the pairings in the original widget, plus thousands of wine reviews, recipes, articles, blog posts, glossary definitions, cellar journal and winery directory. Even better, the new app is free.


Some features of the new app (as listed in the press release):

  • Find 380,000 professionally tested food and wine pairings (not generated by computer algorithm)
  • Access thousands of wine reviews by an independent journalist
  • Search the reviews by winery, price, score, region, grape, vintage, food match
  • Track your wines in your virtual cellar and add your own journal notes and scores
  • Search a directory of 10,000+ wineries to buy wine or plan a visit
  • Find thousands of tasty, tested recipes for every wine
  • Get wine savvy with articles, glossary definitions & blog posts
  • Share on Twitter, Facebook and e-mail with friends

It does look like you have to sign up for her free email newsletter to access the My Cellar portion of the mobile app. The My Cellar section lets you add bottles and your own reviews, which I assume are then hosted (privately – not shared) on Natalie’s servers.

iTunes Link / Web-based App

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Feb 12

Featured Cincinnati Wine Events: 2/13 – 2/19

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and the Valentine-themed dinners are out of control. They start tonite and roll through Sunday. I am not listing them all here. In fact, I’m pretty much just mentioning the ones that really strike my fancy for one reason or another. For a complete listing of all your romantic Valentine options, check out Cincinnati.com’s Calendar.

Tired or annoyed by Valentine’s Day? That’s okay, because this year it bumps right up against Mardi Gras. Just head down to Covington’s Mainstrasse this weekend and you’ll forget all about that other holiday.

Remember, all the recurring events, those dependable weekly tastings, are displayed on our calendar. The one-time events are after the jump.

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

Local Wine Tasting Event Calendar

Map IconFriday Interactive Wine Tasting Map

Map IconSaturday Interactive Wine Tasting Map

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Feb 11

My New Signature Wine: Bombshell Red

Every now and then, I find a wine that’s a lot of fun and will actually appeal to all of my wine friends – the snobs, the not-so-snobby, and the ones who drink because they like to drink.

Kevin Keith, of Dep’s Fine Wines, tweeted about a special last Friday on the Bombshell Red by Airfield Estates. I was instantly intrigued by the name and when I got to the store, well, the label actually sold me. (Yeah, I fell for the label.)

Bombshell Red

There was some serious wine to back up the label though. Before I rushed off with a bottle, I tried the Airfield Cabernet that was on the tasting table. It was quite good, so I was encouraged. But we tried the Bombshell Red the other night and I can promise, this is the wine I’m giving anyone who asks me to bring them a bottle.

Airfield Estates Bombshell Red 2008, Yakima Valley, Washington
$15.99 (Dep’s Fine Wine)

I admit to being a little partial. Like the wine, I’m a curvy redhead, and this is certainly a voluptuous wine. A blend of 41% Syrah, 35% Merlot, 11% Cabernet, 5% Sangiovese, 4% Malbec, and 3% Cabernet Franc, those curves come from just about everywhere. This is a fun wine, with a lot of fruit and spice on the nose that echos on the palate.  There is a bunch of upfront jammy goodness, including some blackberries and some cinnamon toast to smooth it all out. Just to balance out the wine, there is a bit of tannin on the finish. We think this table wine would pair nicely with pizza or even a dry rub BBQ.

I’m heading out to Seattle in March for a non-wine-related conference. If I have time, I plan on renting a car and heading out to Prosser to visit Airfield Estates. If that doesn’t work out, you can bet I’ll be dropping by their winery on my way to the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla this summer.

My review:

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