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Jun 27

Vino Volo Welcome Addition to CVG

By: Cresta

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the opening of the new Vino Volo at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. I’m sure this will be a welcome addition for anyone that enjoys trying new wines or for those that just want to relax before a flight.

Vino Volo (derived from “wine flight” in Italian) is part wine lounge, part restaurant and part boutique wine shop, offering a post-security haven for air travelers. The company currently operates 26 stores in 18 U.S. and Canadian airports.

Vino Volo has a great location at CVG, in Concourse B – Center Court. The area is nice and open with lots of windows and natural light…much larger than I expected.

Vino Volo’s wine country atmosphere is stylish and sophisticated, yet relaxing and fun. It offers both the wine rookie and the wine connoisseur a variety of wines from around the world. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Nice bar with plenty of seating, as well as small tables and chairs.
  • A food menu featuring locally produced artisan cheeses, dry cured meats and a signature dish of smoked salmon and crab meat crostini.
  • The ability to purchase wine by the glass, in-tasting “flights”, and wine by the bottle to take with you or have shipped home.
  • Knowledgeable staff that can help guide you through selecting a variety of wines. Nothing pretentious, just casual, down-to-earth tips and advice. Vino Volo invests heavily in training its staff.

Vino Volo also offers a Wine Passport Club for anyone who enjoys receiving hard-to-find wines in their homes monthly or quarterly. My husband and I have been members for several years and we’ve never received the same bottle of wine twice.

Next time you fly, be sure to stop by.



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Jun 08

Suggestions for a Wine Refrigerator

by Michelle

When I lived in Kentucky, there were 4 wine refrigerators in the house. The two smaller ones kicked the bucket pretty early. However, the two larger ones (40-50 bottles) are still running.
During some recent change-ups, I lost custody of the wine refrigerators. So now I’m in the market for a new one.

I’ve been researching, of course, and there are a lot of recommendations out there. I know that my main requirement is storage for 40-50 bottles. Following that, I’d like a quiet appliance and tinted glass. Less important is the need for a reversible door or dual temperature control. I’ll have to be particular about what goes into the new fridge, as I’m in a San Francisco apartment and well, space is at a premium. Gone are the days of 4 wine coolers in one room …

What brand do you have? Is it reliable? Have you had it for longer than 3 or 4 years? I’d love to hear your experiences as I shop for a wine cooler – on my own – for the first time.


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Jun 07

Wine By The Glass

By: Cresta

A while back I found single-serve wine Copa de Vino in an area liquor store. It’s been around for a while but I haven’t seen it…then again, I’ve never really looked for it.

Copa de Vino is the invention of James Martin, who appeared on the show Shark Tank twice, and turned down the offers that were presented to him by the Sharks.

I’m not a wine snob, but I also was not expecting much from this wine in a plastic cup. I did only try two varieties, but I have to say, it’s  not half bad.

The shape of the cup reminds me of a Guiness glass. It has a peel-off foil seal and a plastic lid that can be put back on to prevent spills. I tried drinking it straight from the cup but when the wine got to a certain level it started to splash back up in my face, so I poured it into a regular wine glass.

The Cabernet Sauvignon was almost as good as some of the Cab Sauvs that I usually drink. Smooth, flavorful, good finish. The Riesling seemed a little flat. Not too dry, fairly sweet. I would not drink this on regular basis. Perhaps because of the convenience, it would be a good buy for certain occasions (maybe our annual bus trip to Keeneland).

The liquor store I purchased from did not carry all single-serve varieties, but Copa de Vino also makes Moscato, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and White Zinfandel.

At first I thought $2.99 a pop was pricey, but one plastic cup is about a quarter of a bottle of wine so that ends up being about a $12 bottle of wine. And I did see these in another store for $2.50 each.


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Jun 06

Crisp, Not-Too-Sweet Riesling

By: Cresta

Every once in a while I’m in the mood for a sweeter wine (remind me to tell you my story about the Bota Box wine).

I opened a Riesling that was left over from my wine exchange back in January – one that I’ve never tried it.

Long Lake 2009 Riesling is a California wine with melon, apple and some citrus flavors. I prefer a Riesling from Germany, but this one was pretty tasty. Very aromatic, which is typical of this grape variety. Not overly dry or overly sweet. It was crisp and easy to drink, which can be dangerous.

I give this wine a Pink Happy Face! Apologies…for some reason I am not able to insert the Pink Happy Face image. Working on that.




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