I’m happy to share that the Northern Kentucky Wine Festival is on October 15 from 3 – 10 p.m. at MainStrasse Village. The Sixth Street Promenade will feature over 15 Kentucky wineries. Local restaurants will be also offering delicious food items to complement the wines that will be available for sampling. You will also enjoy visiting with local artists who will be showcasing their works during the event. The $10 Admission includes a souvenir wine glass and 4 sample tickets. Additional sample tickets may be purchased for $1 each or 6 for $5. If an attendee wishes to purchase a full glass of wine, special tickets can be purchased for $5 each. Wines may also be purchased by the bottle or case. You must be 21 to attend.
This year, the Northern Kentucky Wine Festival at MainStrasse Village is partnering with Full Spectrum 2011. During October, the City of Covington celebrates the Full Spectrum Arts Festival to emphasize the celebration of artists and crafters.
MainStrasse Village is an historic neighborhood comprised of shops, restaurants, taverns and homes, located just off I-75/71. Take the Covington, 5th Street Exit (Exit 192). Free parking is available in the 5th Street Parking Lot, located between Philadelphia Street and Main Street. For more information please call 859-491-0458 or visit www.mainstrasse.org.
I’m very excited to see MainStrasse Village host the Northern Kentucky Wine Festival, please join me for the wine, art, and fun!
Last night I decided to treat myself and go to the View Cucina Wine Dinner. This great deal happens every month for only $49 for a 5 course meal with wine pairings. (It’s the third Thursday of every month) I must admit I walked in there and I didn’t know anyone and I ended up knowing everyone, the staff and all the guest were very nice. The atmosphere is wonderful on Victory Parkway overlooking the river in this quaint little restaurant. Enough about the people and the atmosphere lets get down to the Wine and the Food Pairings.
This month’s Wine Dinner was A Night of Pinot Noir. The Chef integrated the wines in each food pairing.
1st course – 2009 Cantaluna Pinot Noir, Maule Valley, Chile served with seafood ravioli, mornay sauce (which was made up of Nutmeg and Parmesan cheese). The wine leathery, jammy, and spicy like a Pinot Noir should taste but pair it with this food pairing and bam it knocks your socks off. My 2nd favorite wine, excellent Chilean wine thats great with food or enjoying with friends.
2nd course – 2008 Robin K. Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands Central Coast served with Endive, Pear & Pecorino salad with Honey balsamic dressing. Okay, not the best pairing, I mean the wine was great and so was this salad but they didn’t compliment each other. The wine had hints of oak that was creamy and had tastes of black cherry. The salad was wonderful, the pears and the Parmesan with the balsamic dressing melted in your mouth. It is on View Cucina’s regular menu, I suggest order it and indulge.
3rd course – 2008 Treasure Hunter Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA – Wow, big Pinot with tastes of raspberry, oak, and leather. My suggestion is decant this bad boy for a good 30 minutes before drinking. This was served with Veal Involtini, pistachio risotto. Oh my goodness the veal was wrapped around asparagus…the asparagus was so crunchy and fresh. The veal tender and the sauce that was a made with this wine, I thought I was going to lick my plate. I hope they decide to go with this sauce instead of the regular sauce that goes with the veal. Best food and wine pairing of the night.
4th course – 2007 T.W.O. Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, CA served with Pork Shank, Butternut squash-mashed potatoes and pan drippings. This dish won 2nd place for best entree in the Taste of Cincinnati, I can’t believe this dish didn’t win! It was awesome the pork braised for 4 1/2 hours with white wine, sage, and prosciutto and the butternut squash mashed potatoes were so creamy/buttery. The wine was very jammy and peppery worked excellent with the pork.
Last course – 2007 Fiddlehead Cellars Lollapalooza Pinot Noir, Santa Ynez Valley, CA served with Sfogliatella. An Italian dessert that has a flaky pastry served filled with Ricotta cheese atop blackberries and fresh whipped cream. Another bad pair up but both were delightful! Excellent wine my favorite of the night and the dessert was to die for, the blackberries were so juicy and sweet. This dessert deserves a great cup of espresso or coffee not wine. The wine was jammy with tastes of plum and had a creamy/buttery taste. The wine maker is a female who won the Winemaker of the Year Award a couple of years back.
What a great night at the View Cucina, it’s definitely a wonderful restaurant that I will frequent again. I can’t wait till the next wine dinner in October…so why don’t you join me.
By Angela L.
In my spare time I like to come up with my own recipes for drinks. This is a recipe that I came up with while waiting for my Italian dinner to finish baking. I thought about some of the key ingredients that are in a lot of Italian drinks or foods for example vanilla, lemon, and white wine. What I came up with was something called Italian Sparkle. Its light, has a hint of vanilla, and it adds to any dish.
The Italian Sparkle
¾ bottle of dry white wine
1 ½ oz of Ginger Ale
10 oz of club soda
1 ½ oz of Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup
¾ oz of lemon juice
2 oz of Apricot Brandy
Mix in chilled pitcher
Chill champagne flutes or wine glasses
Garnish the flutes or glasses with lemon slice
Serves – 8 champagne flutes
Last night I went to the Swiss Wine Festival, it had a little of everything. The setting was a quaint little town rested on the Ohio River and everyone was so friendly. I had a lot of fun there were local artists selling their work, great food booths, rides, some interesting contests (I entered in the grape stomping contest – lost), live music, parades, beer garden, and of course the wine pavilion.
There were over 12 wineries that participated and there were over 100 wines to choose from. Most of the wines I tasted were very sweet and overdone. (I tried a few and then I’d get something to eat or stroll through the art booths and come back to try others.) If you like sweet wines then this is your Mecca. But…with that being said there were a few wineries and wines that towered over the rest and knocked my socks off.
Buck Creek Winery http://www.buckcreekwinery.com/ was a great winery that showed potential. These guys started planting their grapes back in 1991, very young winery. Their Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Grady’s Hard Cider were all very good. In fact I bought a few bottles to take home, this is a winery worth visiting and watch blossom in the future.
French Lick Winery http://www.frenchlickwinery.com/ another great young winery that was established in 1995. I tried a variety of wines that will stand up to some California wines. Their sweet wines were not over done that didn’t linger on your pallet like others. (Their Cherry wine is divine) The dry wines were the ones that could stand up against the California Reds. The Chambourcin (a dry red hybrid) was very nice, aged in American Oak barrels that didn’t leave your mouth bitter. Honestly I bought 8 different bottles of wine from them, they know what they are doing.
The Ridge Winery http://www.theridgewinery.com/
The Black Jack – Blackberry/Apple wine – tasty
Blush – only 2% residual sugars – crisp and clean finish
Powers’ Winery http://www.powerswine.com/
White Cranberry Pinot Gris – not tart and light to the taste.
The overall experience was great, if you don’t have any plans tonight or tomorrow check it out. http://www.swisswinefestival.org/
Hello, I’m Angela Laible and I love wine and I’m excited to be a contributing writer for wine-girl.net!
I grew up in the wine world (sorda), my Uncle Richard was a Sommelier and traveled all over the world to sample wines, lecture on wines, visit wineries, and buy them for a national wine distributing company. When he traveled my family could always expect a box of wines shipped to us. My family never knew what country the box was coming from. I got to taste the wines watered down and my parents would explain what type of wine I was experiencing. This started the whole love of wines for me.
I grew up in Northern Kentucky; my parents started Main Strasse Village in 1972. I helped open 2 bars in Main Strasse; Cosmos and Zola’s. One of my favorite wine restaurants is located in Main Strasse, Bouquet; it is one of the best hidden secrets in the region!
I believe my wine experience comes from family introducing me to new wines, being a Mixologist and bartender for over 13 years for 10+ restaurants and bars (Waterfront included on that list), attending various wine tastings all over the region, and having an open mind when trying new wines. I’m also a KY bourbon girl; I graduated from the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Academy.
My Communications/Web Project Management consultant background supports my love affair for wines. I have a BA in Theatre Administration and I’m a CIW Internet Web Master. I worked in nonprofit as a Communications Specialist, Web Project Manager, Marketing Director, and Publications Director for over 11 years. I’m now a Communications/Social Media/Web Development consultant and the great thing about being a consultant is meeting new people and helping them.
I live in Newport with my boyfriend Tony, cats Tigger & Hiro, and pug Sophie.
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