Hello fellow wine lovers,
I just wanted to inform everyone that starting Thursday I will be pouring and hosting FREE wine tastings at Liquor City Bakewell in Covington KY. Thursday and Friday, November 17 and 18, from 4 -8 p.m. I will be pouring the big six grapes. The tasting will be Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.
The big six wine tasting will get you to:
If you happen to be in the Covington/Northern Kentucky area this Thursday or Friday please come and see me. Future wine tastings: November 21st & 23rd at Liquor City Bakewell.
Last night I went on the Queen City Under Ground Tour from American Legacy Tours and I was amazed. I’ve been on at least three of their tours and every time I go I learn something new about the greater Cincinnati area. This tour was focused on the Over the Rhine area where there were over 163 saloons, beer gardens, theatres, and breweries were on Vine St. in the late 1800s. The breweries would store and make their beer underground the buildings in these huge tunnels/rooms (the rooms are the sub and sub-sub basements). Some of the tunnels/rooms I was standing in were at least 20 feet high, it was amazing. They had tunnels that were underneath the streets that go in between the barreling and bottling buildings and onto other buildings.
Did you know that Cincinnati drank over two and a half times more beer than the national limit in the late 1800s? That’s a lot of beer! Besides seeing the underground breweries and historical buildings we saw where the new Christian Moerlein brewery will be located. There was a tunnel that was boarded up from the one building that led into the Christian Moerlein brewery but we didn’t get to see that tunnel. The future home of the Christian Moerlein Brewery was once the Malt and Lager house of the Kaufman Brewery that was one of the breweries during the late 1800s. Christian Moerlein Brewery was the only Cincinnati beer from that time that was exported internationally.
The tour was a great history lesson and shows how much Over the Rhine have developed in the last decade. Please note that the tour is a walking tour and to get to the tunnels you will have to go down a few flights of steps. The tour runs till the end of November every Saturday and Sunday. Please check their website for more information.
Saturday, November 12th from 7:30 – 11:00, is the eighth Taste of the World Wine and Beer Festival at the Newport Aquarium. Michelle and I have volunteered to pour in the past and I can recommend the event. This year, in addition to the regular admission ticket, a new “Top Shelf” area has been added with food and cocktail pairings from Laine Steelman and Molly Wellmann. Laine is the new head chef at the Party Source and Molly is the mixologist behind Japp’s in Over-the-Rhine.
I have enjoyed wandering through the different rooms and finding new and different drinks and cocktails. I’m not sure exactly what beverages will be available this year, but the selection of spirits (usually a couple of Party Source private barrels, tequila, and cocktails) along with the beer and wine has made it easy for everyone to find something to enjoy.
General Admission Tickets are $85 ($95 at the door)
Top Shelf Tickets are $125
All proceeds go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 513.698.2457.
Toad Hollow’s 2010 Mendocino County Chardonnay is quite good. This California Chard is crisp and fruity. At first, it smelled like peaches, but then tasted a little bit like apples and grapefruit. I thought it was the perfect sweetness and had good body.
I guess Toad Hollow was ahead of the trend of unoaked Chardonnay. Oak barrels can impart flavors that overpower the fruitiness of the grapes. So instead of fermenting and aging the wine in oak barrels, the process is done in stainless steel tanks so that the true character of the grape comes through.
So if you think you don’t like Chardonnay, try the unoaked kind. And at around $13, you can keep a couple bottles of this one on hand.
I usually write about wine and my adventures with wine. Today I’m blogging about a beer that I tried over the weekend called Back Burner Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale by Southern Tier Brewing Company.
Back Burner has a barley taste that has a variety of sweet fruit flavors. British brewers use to make special ales using the first runnings of the mash. These beers, now called barley wine, are brewed in the past tradition. The beer is dark copper in the glass, it comes in a 22oz. bottle so its good to split with a friend or drink alone. Back Burner is a seasonal imperial that is released in February from the Southern Tier Brewing Company. It’s conceived in three small batches, using voluminous amounts of barley and hops. The 22oz bottle was 9.6% alcohol.
I have tried 3 of their beers and I have enjoyed them all. I can’t wait to try more. The brewery is located in New York and doesn’t have a Cincinnati disribut0r but they do have a distributor in Northern Kentucky. I have found their beers at the Cork N’ Bottle locations and at the DEP locations. So if you’d like to try this or any beer from Southern Tier Brewing Company you’ll have to travel over to the KY side to purchase some of the great beer.
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