I’ve been a big fan of Dep’s Fine Wine & Spirits for a while. I think they have a fantastic wine selection at great prices. Plus, it’s family-owned, and I love frequenting the local guys.
Dep’s has two Northern Kentucky locations – one in Covington and the one I usually visit in Ft. Thomas. The Ft. Thomas store recently moved to its new digs – from Ft. Thomas Plaza to 424 Alexandria Pike (the old Moore’s Lumber Yard). Earlier this week I spoke with wine buyer, certified sommelier and family member Shannon Depenbrock about the move.
Shannon told me that they simply were outgrowing their old space. She said that the new store has allowed them to grow and add some new offerings for customers. They’ve expanded on wine, beer and tobacco selections and have added a fine foods area featuring local specialty cheeses, coffees, snacks and more. There’s a tasting bar and a new Cellar Room.
The new store is nice. Very open and bright. It’s super convenient as it’s right off the highway, and there is ample parking.
The tasting bar in the middle of the store is where they hold regular Friday night tastings. When I was there yesterday, the bar was set up for the Beaujolais Nouveau tasting. Today (November 16) from 4 until 8 p.m., you can taste a selection of Thanksgiving wines.
There’s also a separate Cellar Room to hold wine classes, as well as host wine makers. Shannon said that they are also looking to rent this space to groups who want to have a special event inside the store. It looks quite cozy and a little rustic.
Visit Dep’s online at www.depsfinewine.com. Call the Ft. Thomas store, 859.781.8105 or the Covington store, 859.291.2550. Check out some pictures of the new Dep’s in Ft. Thomas.
For work, I subscribe to a service called HARO (Help a Reporter Out). Last week, HARO was promoting a company called Kelly & Jones. They create fine fragrances that capture the scents of various wines. Because of my love of wine AND perfume, I had to check out their website.
Kelly & Jones offers five different scents in their Notes of Wine Collection: Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. The Sommelier Sprays are $50 for a 1.69 oz. bottle. They also have these scents in a smaller Wine Country Rollette for $25 each. Or you can purchase a Sample Flight of all five scents for $15.
As the story goes, the company founder, Kelly, was wearing perfume at a wine tasting, which is a big no-no because the scent of the perfume can interfere with the aroma of the wine. Because she loved wearing perfume, she decided to create scents that not only captured the notes of some of her favorite wines, but also enhanced the vino experience by complementing the aromas of these wines.
I think this is such a cool idea. While I have my favorite scents, I love perfume in general. I’m always looking to try new fragrances. I think I’d enjoy the Cabernet – “spicy notes of pink peppercorn, ripe black cherry, and tobacco flower on a gorgeous base of vintage leather.”
What do you think? Would you wear a wine-inspired perfume?
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.
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:
Old 502 Winery
Rose Hill Farm
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.
If you go, please share which wines you enjoyed the most by commenting on this post. Cheers!
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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