If you haven’t purchased your wine festival tickets yet, head on over to Winefestival.com. The Cincinnati Wine Festival is one of the best in the nation and draws high-end distributors and winemakers. You shouldn’t miss it.
Additionally, the Wine Festival organizers have put the wine tasting floor plan online for you to download. It’s a bit hard to find on their site, but you can download it through this link.
Dilly Cafe is having its own series of events starting this Saturday, where you can meet 3 winemakers in 9 days. For more information, visit their web site or call 513.561.5233.
Saturday, March 3, Free tasting with McNab Ridge Winery and Owner/Winemaker Rich Parducci
1:00 to 4:00 pm, $10 per person
No reservation needed
Thursday, March 8, 6:30 pm
Winery dinner with Austria’s Höpler Winery and Owner/Winemaker Christof Höpler
$40 per person, all inclusive
Sunday, March 11, 11 am
Winemaker’s Brunch with Graziano Family of Wines and Owner/Winemaker Gregory Graziano$50 per person, all inclusive
Not all of the Wine Festival sponsored winery dinners are sold out just yet, and this year five of the dinners are featuring Vintner Select, which is a local and excellent wine distributor. In attendance at each of the dinners to talk about the highlighted wines will be a special guest from the winery or specific wine portfolio (Spain or Italy), as well as a Vintner Select representative. All of the dinners start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at different restaurants around the city. Ticket prices range from $125 to $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations for each dinner are required. For more information on the menus and to make reservations, click here.
March 8 Winery Dinners and corresponding wine speakers include:
Here are a few decent red wines. And they all just happen to be under $10.
2010 Finca Flichman Misterio Malbec
This Argentine Malbec is dark black/purple in color. Very aromatic with grape and raspberry smells. Medium-bodied and smooth with tastes of rich fruit and oak spices. A little earthy, fairly robust tannins. Started in 1873, Finca Flichman is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina.
Cline 2009 Zinfandel
This California Zinfandel is Ruby red in color. The smell reminded me of a fountain Cherry Coke from Frisch’s (I get a craving for one of these every once in a while). The taste is dark berry fruit, somewhat tart with a little bit of spice. Firm and nicely balanced with a long finish. I would not normally buy a Zinfandel but this one was a gift…and a pretty good wine that I would pick up again.
Walker Red Wine Napa Valley (2007 Vinted)
A blend of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Pinkish-red in color. Semi-dry with medium body, easy to drink. I tasted dark fruit with a little vanilla. This is a wine from the Aldi delivery I received back in December and a definite bargain. This one surprised me. Not my favorite but a fairly decent wine.
If you’re planning a trip to Bourbon Country, there are some good tips and resources listed here - including a few bourbon trails and events -courtesy of Wine Spectator.
Do you have any great tips to share?
Last April Tony and I went to a Cabernet Sauvignon wine tasting and we decided to purchase one of the high end cabs after tasting them. The 2007 Oakville East Exposure Cabernet Sauvignon was our big purchase. It was cost about $65 a bottle and we decided to open it sometime in 2012 and for an occasion. Last night we opened it on Valentines day to celebrate my new job (a great way to celebrate).
Oakville East Exposure Winery sits on the land slide from the Vaca mountain range and it borders the eastern side of Napa Valley. It receives the perfect amount of morning sun that continues through out the day that gives the perfect ripening and maturing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the blend of grapes comes from 6 different micro vineyards that are planted on the side of the mountain. The rich iron soils, the organic green farming methods, and the sun exposure are the perfect base for this Cabernet Sauvignon. Of course the Cab is filled into 80% new French Oak Barrels and aged in natural cool caves formed in the mountain. Seriously you couldn’t ask for better conditions for a wine.
The 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petite Verdot give the perfect blended wine. This wine you want to decant for at least an hour or two before drinking. The smell of cedar and oak fills the glass as you pour. Then after swirling to release the alcohol vapors you can smell the rich fruit of plums, strawberries, blueberries. I could taste a hint of coffee and cream. It was the perfect blend of fruit, oak, cream, and smoke. For the price I believe that I will splurge and pick up a couple more bottles and save them. Oakville East Exposure 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best wines I have ever tasted.
That’s the first line on the back of the Middle Sister Goodie Two-Shoes Pinot Noir. This extremely cute bottle of wine was a birthday gift from a friend and I just got around to drinking it this past weekend.
I am not a middle sister, nor am I a goodie two-shoes (hold all comments, please), but I guess you don’t have to be to appreciate this California Pinot Noir. It was yummy. I have to admit, I was skeptical at first. I’ve often found that these sweet, charming bottles are all about the label and not so much about the wine…but this one was different.
Upon opening the bottle, I smelled strawberries with a touch of vanilla. That ripe berry carried through to the taste, with a chocolate-like flavor on the finish. This is a medium-bodied wine, a mix of sweet and rich, but not too bold.
I drank this wine with pizza, but it also pairs well with typical grilling fare.
I had to check out the website, of course, and all of the Middle Sister wine names and labels are adorable, like Drama Queen Pinot Grigio, Sweet & Sassy Moscato and Forever Cool Merlot. And each “girl” has her own depiction. There are fun facts, quizzes and apps, and you can buy things like t-shirts, aprons and tote bags that resemble the wine labels. Love it!
Oh, and they give back to the community. A dime a bottle goes toward causes women care about, such as Dress For Success and Wine, Women & Shoes.
As I said, I got this as a gift but I believe the Pinot Noir is around $10. www.middlesisterwines.com.
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