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Oct 24

Southeastern Australia Pinot Noir

By: Cresta

I recently tried McWilliams Hanwood Estate Pinot Noir 2008. It was a gift to my husband, and he graciously passed it on to me. I did share, though.

Nice ruby color with a cherry aroma. The fresh fruit flavor was accompanied by a little bit of oak and some spice. This light-bodied wine is nicely structured with balanced tannins, but I thought it was a little dry for a pinot noir. I am starting to prefer more full-bodied, flavorsome reds.

Hanwood Estates boasts six generations of wine making – since 1877. Their wines are sourced from select vineyards in some of the best wine growing regions of Southeastern Australia. Other Hanwood varieties include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Jack’s Blend.

I believe the average price is less than $10 a bottle.

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Oct 19

Stop by Northern Kentucky’s Only Wine Festival Saturday

By: Cresta

Celebrate the wines of Kentucky this Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Northern Kentucky Wine Festival. With 19 participating wineries, you’re sure to fall in love with a wine or two. They will have two city blocks filled with food and craft vendors, music and lots of wine.

Participating wineries include:

Atwood Hill


Black Barn

Cedar Creek

Chrisman Mill

Elk Creek

Equus Run

Generation Hill

Horseshoe Bend

Lovers Leap

Old 502 Winery

Purple Toad

Redman’s Farm

Rose Hill Farm

Serendipity Winery

Seven Wells


Verona Winery

WhiteMoon Winery

The Northern Kentucky Wine Festival takes place from 3 until 10 p.m. this Saturday in Covington’s Mainstrasse Village. Tickets are $10 and include a souvenir wine glass and four sample tickets. Additional sample tickets may be purchased on-site.

For more information, visit http://www.nkvgga.org or check out the Northern Kentucky Wine Festival’s Facebook page. Ages 21 and older please.

If you go, please share which wines you enjoyed the most by commenting on this post. Cheers!

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Oct 17

Vast Wine List at Crave Cincinnati

By: Cresta

I recently had the chance to eat at Crave Cincinnati at The Banks downtown . While this post is not a restaurant review, I have to say we had a fantastic experience – exceptional service, delicious food and the chance to choose from a very extensive wine list (my favorite part).

While we waited for our table, I had a glass of wine at the bar – Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. This is a crisp, vibrant wine full of tropical fruit flavor and a little bit of grapefruit. It is very smooth from start to finish and rather acidic. Delicious. I will be searching for this one at my local store.

With dinner, I had a red – what Crave classifies as a Unique Red – Gascon Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. Big and bold, this wine is a good blend of fruit and spice. It has nice round tannins and a long smooth finish. I don’t drink Malbec on a regular basis but this wine is above-average.

Crave’s wine list boasts nearly 90 wines by the glass and bottle. They also have a selection of Martinis, Crafted Cocktails like Blueberry Lemonade and Crave Creations like their Summer Shandy.

I would definitely like to visit Crave again for the wine… and for the sushi.


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