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:
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.
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.
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.
Well, I finally did it! I hosted my very first wine exchange a couple of weeks ago. It was not orchestrated as “formally” as I would’ve liked (yes, I am pretty neurotic about things going according to plan), but because everyone had a great time, I consider it a big success! Here is how it worked…
Each person brought two bottles of the same wine. One bottle was put aside for the exchange and the other was opened for tasting. I even found these really cute wine glass tags to help distinguish our glasses.
We ate a few snacks before we got started. I kept it simple with cheese and crackers, a variety of nuts, olives, some veggies, dark chocolates and cocoa dusted truffles.We began with white wines (sweet then dry) and moved on to the reds, which included quite a few blends. No one brought any dessert wines or sparkling varieties. I provided index cards for people to take notes but that kind of fell to the wayside as we started down the line of about eight different wines.
After the tastings, we moved on to the exchange. We drew names to pick the order and we allowed one steal. I ended up with 3 Girls Cabernet Sauvignon, which I really enjoyed.
Some of my other favorites were: Clean Slate 2011 Riesling, Cary Chen Riesling from Elk Creek Vineyards and Pro-mis-Q-ous, a California red table wine.
I think it would be fun to try this again but perhaps create a theme around it (like Summer Wines). Or maybe dictate the variety of wine people bring. It’s not such a bad deal…I ended up with the leftover wine. Oh, and we had a massage therapist friend scheduled to give shoulder massages but she fell ill. So I would incoporate that next time.
Stop the presses! Brad and Angelina are releasing their very own vino. No doubt they can as they own a 1,000-acre estate in Southwestern France. Plus they’re rich and famous.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will release a 2012 vintage pink rosé, Miraval, sometime in mid-March – the grapes harvested from their vineyards in France. The wine, named after Pitt and Jolie’s Chateau, is a result of a partnership with French winegrower Marc Perrin.
Plans are already underway to release white wines this summer. Will you try the power couple’s new wines?
If you like tea and wine, this just may be your drink. I saw this in the March issue of InStyle Magazine – wine-flavored tea. Vintage TeaWorks makes a variety of loose teas in celebration of several wine flavors, including:
Each canister makes about 30 to 35 cups and price range is $15.99-$18.99. www.vintageteaworks.com.
FREE Friday Aisle Tastings at The Party Source
This Friday, February 22, The Party Source in Bellevue continues their Friday Wine in the Aisles Tastings. This week they will be pouring several Zinfandels and Zinfandel-based blends.
The Friday series takes place from 4-8 p.m. The tastings are free and no reservations are required. Here is a list of the next four tastings and the wines that will be featured:
February 22 – Zinfandels
March 1 – Chilean wines
March 8 - International wines & wines from Kentucky’s Lover’s Leap Winery
March 15 - South African wines
For details about these and other Wine Tastings happening at the Party Source, visit their website.
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