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Aug 05

Twitter Wine

Do you tweet?

I tweet. You can find me under my professional moniker of @writetechnology. I’ve been tweeting since the very beginning (I have Early Adopter Syndrome). Lately my tweets have been sparse, as I’ve been putting together a failing class reunion (failing!) and all my attention has been on Facebook. Apparently I don’t do well at handling both at the same time when one is full throttle.

That said, as soon as this reunion business is over, I’m taking a much needed break from my personal Facebook page (and seriously thinning my friends list), and heading back to Twitter. It was always my first love anyway.

Earlier in the year, Twitter announced that they are working with CrushPad to create a Twitter-branded wine called Fledgling. I have my own suspicions as to why they decided to do this, based in part on the wine leanings of a now-former employee of Twitter. Regardless of why they did it, proceeds from the wine go to charity.

Crushpad is a cool place. Located in Napa, they provide grapes from both California and French vineyards. They also give you a wine maker and associated team and a complete winery that focuses on small lots of wine. Crushpad provides grapes from top California and Bordeaux vineyards, an industry-acclaimed wine making team, and a state-of-the-art winery 100% focused on making wine in small lots. It’s a brilliant idea, making it possible (and affordable) for people like you and me  – or more likely a group of people like you and me – to create their own wine and label. It’s not a one-bottle-at-a-time thing. It’s your own winery.

As for the Twitter wine, for each bottle that you purchase, $5 goes to help Room to Read, a children’s literacy organization that works worldwide. Fledgling sales, in particular, will help promote literacy in Uttarakhand, India.

Both a Pinot Noir and a Chardonnay are available. I pre-ordered a bottle of the Pinot Noir. Bottles cost $20, but shipping (at least to Ohio, where I imagine they are pulling strings and working around the system) is a whopping $20 as well. Because I really wanted to try this wine – and I wouldn’t expect a charity wine to provide press samples – I went ahead and ordered it in spite of the shipping charge.

Okay, so Twitter announced this months ago. Why am I bringing it up now? They’re bottling on August 25 and shipping out soon after. Go order your bottle of Fledgling and support a great cause. And of course, you can tweet about it later! 😉

Follow Fledgling Wine on Twitter (of course).

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Jun 21

Guest Post: Red, Pink, and Blue 2010

Amy Storer-Scalia, a fellow Cincinnati.com blogger, runs Cincy Chic. They are hosting a charitable event (with wine!) on the Purple People Bridge on Friday.


The Purple People Bridge will soon transform into a runway for a fun, fashionable and philanthropic event!

“Red Pink and Blue” (RPB), produced by Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, is a women’s health awareness event with a fashionable twist. The “Red” represents heart health, the “Pink” represents breast health and the “Blue” represents diabetes health. The three organizations benefiting from this event are the American Heart Association, Pink Ribbon Girls and the American Diabetes Association.

RPB will take place on Friday June 25 on the Kentucky landing of the Purple People Bridge. Come out and enjoy an evening on the bridge with food, drinks, shopping and a fashion show. Also check out the St. Elizabeth Healthcare mammography van and get a complimentary blood pressure check. The event will start at 6:30p.m., the fashion show will begin at 9p.m., and the After Party kicks off at Star Lanes on the Levee at 10:30p.m.

Buy your tickets today! It’s $15 per person, and 100% of the proceeds* go to the three participating philanthropies. First 200 attendees will receive a swag bag full of goodies! Buy your tickets online – last year the event sold out, so don’t delay!

And since this is a wine aficionado blog, below is more information about the wines that’ll be featured at our event. Hope to see you there!

Best Selling Light Chilean Merlot Wine

Ruby-like, bright in color Fruit forward with red plum and varietal characteristics Medium dry, medium body and harmonious with a good finish This wine marries two of the classic Bordeaux grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon offers character, complexity and longevity, while Merlot adds softer tannins and elegance, patterned after the same classic blend that distinguishes many fine chateaux of Bordeaux.

For 20 years leading pioneer in earth friendly wine making

Valley Oaks Chardonnay is characteristically golden straw in color, with aromas of tropical fruit like mango, pineapple, banana, ripe Kiwi and honeydew melon alongside notes of cinnamon, vanilla bean, lemon grass with hints of hazel nut and cloves. The wine is crafted to be fruit-forward, medium weight, with crisp citrus and lingering melon, pear and crème fraiche flavors. The balanced mouthfeel leads to a wonderfully lingering finish. We’ll never disappoint you with our Chardonnay: it’s like saying hello to an old friend


This Cabernet Sauvignon is complex with various layers of spice and flavors. On the nose you will find enticing aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cassis and vanilla with evident spice from the oak and a hint of herbs. Tasting delivers a multi-layered wine with texture of ripe blackberry, mocha, toffee and vanilla. Medium firm tannins provide structure and balance to this medium bodied Cabernet, which will continue to evolve in the bottle.


Pale yellow in color with greenish reflections. The nose is reminiscent of acacia flowers and the delicate scent of almonds. Clean and refreshing on the palate with hints of linden and honey. Lemony nose in dry flavor with a hint of smokiness.


The nose was filled with red raspberry and cherry, along with some nice dirty earth aromas. The palate was fruity ripe strawberry, more of the raspberry, along with some subtle herb and earthy forest floor notes. This wine comes from languedoc, Ruby color, intense, fruity and soft.

– Amy Storer-Scalia

*Philanthropies will receive all proceeds collected, minus the credit card processing fees.

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May 24

Good Causes: Queen City Underground

Remember the guys who do that Gangster tour in Newport I love so much? Well, they’re back. Not only are they offering the Gangster tour, but now they’re offering Queen City Underground. (Full Photo Set)

Once upon a time, Cincinnati was the third-largest beer producing region in the nation, and the #1 beer consuming location. The late 1800’s were a time of bier gartens, breweries, and theatre. You can still see it. Over the Rhine, the recently rehabbed and lively Gateway Quarter, and the Brewery District are part of the largest intact historical district in the United States. You can get a chance to tour the tunnels of the old Kaufmann brewery, see some of the original internal architecture of the bier gartens, and learn some cool trivia to amaze your friends.

Did you know we have an actual Friary in Over the Rhine? The brothers still wear robes like Friar Tuck, have a gorgeous church, house the Head of the Franciscan Order in the US, and have been helping people in Over-the-Rhine for over a century.

Remember tales of Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill Cody? They performed in the Gateway Quarter. What is now a pizzeria is where Annie Oakley joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. There’s all sorts of trivia and knowledge jam-packed into this tour.

It’s worth a few hours of your time. Right now, this weekend is your only chance to experience the fun tour, although they’re debating on continuing through the summer, as they do with the Gangster Tour. Go show your support – it’s a short walk to and from the Gateway Quarter from Taste of Cincinnati and the tour lasts ~90 minutes.

The tour costs $15 and the proceeds benefit a great local charity where our kids are sent to teach for a week at schools in the Caribbean. The guys that are running the tour are local teachers, and they want to help these schools in Jamaica acquire things like an occasional computer.

If the tour is a success, you’ll find it all summer long. But right now, it’s just being offered Memorial Day weekend. It’s a great way to augment your Taste of Cincinnati day. Take a break from the crowds down on 5th and wander up to the Gateway Quarter (Lavomatic, Senate, and a lot of great shopping) to enjoy the Queen City Underground tour.

Saturday, May 29: 10:30AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, & 4:30PM
Sunday, May 30: 12:30PM, 2:30PM, & 4:30PM
Monday, May 31: 12:30PM & 2:30PM

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 per person – tours start at the awesome MiCa 12V at the corner of 12th and Vine.
Cash Only Please
Each tour is capped at 100 people (1 guide per 50 guests)
Please arrive at least 15 mins before the tour begins.

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Jan 17

Wine for Haiti

Wine lovers have figured out a way to donate what we hope is a large amount of money to the American Red Cross, earmarked for use in Haiti.

Palate Press (to which I’m an occasional contributor) and Brother, Can You Spare a Bottle? (with which I’m also tangentially involved) have teamed up to create a Wines for Haiti auction. There are two ways you can participate. The first is by donating a really nice bottle(s) of wine to be sold at the auction. The second way to participate is by bidding on the donations.

There are some great lots already, and there is always a need for more. The auction is being held online, of course, in the comments section of the Wine for Haiti post on Palate Press. Please promise your contribution in the comments over there, and then contribute your bottle for the auction. The next step is to bid, bid, bid.

Bottles should be sent to:

Wine for Haiti
Palate Press: The online wine magazine
9425 Meridian #201
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Here is how the auction will work. As we create individual lots, they will be posted here with a link to the individual lot. Just place your bid in the comments. We will not close any of the bids for a while, but once we do, the auction ends when we go 24 hours without a bid. If we get into a bidding war between two or three people at the end we won’t make everybody wait a day, we will schedule a bid at a set time the contestants (and anybody else lurking and waiting, but interested) agree to.

Please direct all inquires to WineForHaiti@palatepress.com

I hope everyone can find a way to contribute to this, or bid. What has happened in Haiti is tragic, but I’m always touched to see how the world pulls together to help a country in need. If you can’t contribute via the wine auction, consider donating directly to the American Red Cross for Haiti Relief and Development.

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Dec 01

A Perfect Holiday Gift: Tix to the Wine Festival

It’s that time of year again – tickets to the Cincinnati International Wine Festival have gone on sale! If you think about it, these would make a great stocking stuffer. The 2010 wine festival takes place March 11 – 13, including the various dinners and tastings. As usual, we’ll prep you and offer our own festival survival tips the week before the festival.

The Honorary Chair for the 2010 event, which also happens to be the 20th anniversary, is Michael Mondavi. Michael is the Founder of Folio Fine Wine Partners, an importer and producer of wines from the world’s premiere and emerging wine regions.  Yes, his dad is none other than Robert Mondavi, so the wine industry runs in his blood. In 2004 (which is when Mondavi was sold to Constellation), Michael started Folio with his wife and children. The Wine Festival will be holding a special Winery Dinner, honoring Michael, on Wednesday, March 10th.

You can purchase tickets online – our wine festival has grabbed the enviable URL of www.winefestival.com and hung onto it for several years.

You can buy regular tickets or include admission to the Special Tasting Room. For several years I’ve had mixed emotions about the Special Tasting Room: I really enjoyed visiting it last year, and the wine is definitely high-end and special. But I hate that this wine is now held back from everyone who doesn’t want to shell out an extra $35. Is it worth it? Well, yeah. It definitely is, but I’m not a fan of the 1-hour time limit.

So buy your tickets, tell all your friends, and join us at the Grand Tastings!

Dates & Costs

Friday Evening 6:30 – 9:00 PM
$70.00 prior to event, $75.00 at the door
$105 for Grand Tasting ticket and Special Tasting ticket, $110 at the door

Saturday Afternoon 2:30 – 4:30 PM
$60.00 prior to event, $65.00 at the door
$95.00 for Grand Tasting ticket and Special Tasting ticket, $100.00 at the door

Saturday Evening 6:30 – 9:00 PM
$70.00 prior to event, $75.00 at the door
$105 for Grand Tasting Ticket and Special Tasting ticket, $110 at the door

Special Tasting Room
Enjoy high end wines for one hour prior to the Grand Tastings. Each ticket will be an additonal charge of $35 for 7 tastes.

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