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Jul 19

Impressed With Bota Box Riesling

By: Cresta

 

When I think of boxed wine, I think of Franzia. If I’m not mistaken, I remember my mom and aunts drinking the White Zinfandel. No offense, Mom, but not my idea of the perfect wine.

As I’m sure you know, boxed wines have come a long way and there are some very good options out there. Heck, I believe there are now Target stores in Ohio that carry certain varieties.

A while back, I tried Bota Box Riesling 2012 and was very impressed.

It was not as sugary as I thought it would be. It had bright floral aromas and flavors of pear and green apple. It is a tad sweet, but nicely balanced. Crisp and refreshing (especially on these steamy summer days) and very easy to drink. Delicious!

The 3-liter box has the same amount as four regular bottles of wine, so for $18-$20 you cannot beat it.

 

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Jul 03

Red Roost Tavern at the Hyatt

by Kevin

As the Hyatt in downtown Cincinnati has been upgrading over the past year, one of the changes was to switch from Champs to a new restaurant in the lobby, Red Roost Tavern. They had a blogger dinner last week that I was lucky enough to join where the sous chef, Karol Osinksi, explained the courses for the evening, which were pulled from their everyday menu.

The concept is similar to a few other places around town, to use as much locally sourced items as possible. They even sourced the wood from different barns across Ohio that adds a nice roughness to the overall look. The bar has 10 taps, 5 of which feature different local beers. 6, if you count Sam Adams, which is, brewed right up the street. AS of last week the taps were: Rivertown Blueberry, Rivertown Jenneke, Rivertown Helles, Kentucky Burbon Barrel, and Mt Carmel Nut Brown.

They also have Tessora Limoncello available at the bar and they are looking at adding local wines in the near future. They have at least one ice wine on the menu as well, but this dinner was focused on beer and food.

I’ll leave the images to 5chw4r7z who is much better at photography. The food was a very nice sample of how they have decided to approach combining the need to be a hotel restaurant while still trying to pull the business crowd for lunch and the local diners for dinner.

First course was a Crab Cake, with an Asian inspired slaw. Overall, this was a very light cake with good crab flavor. The light breading helped keep the cake juicy and was a very nice start.

Second was a sweet corn soup with a smoked tomato jam. This was my favorite dish of the evening. The smoked tomato gave a extra kick to the sweetness of the corn. It also qualifies as a vegan dish as tofu and soy milk are used in the base.

The quinoa salad was very light and would be a nice light lunch in the summer. The candied walnuts and summer squash added a nice additional crunch into the quinoa.

The Red Roost fish and chips is different than what I was expecting. They offer a roasted halibut with garlic chips on the side. As I am a garlic fan, I thought that provided a nice offset to the fish. The roasting left my fish a little drier than I would normally prefer, but it was still very nice.

The pork tenderloin with a cherry reduction was served along with the Burbon Barrel Ale that helped compliment the sauce nicely. The pork was server perfectly and was one of the best courses.

Finally, we had a small amount of Organic Corn Ice Cream from Madisano’s. A very nice end to a rather impressive offering of dishes sized for a tasting event.

Overall, I really enjoyed everything about the evening, the ambiance was nice in their offset private dining area, the decor was distinctive, and the food was very tasty. I’m glad that the western side of downtown has another quality choice for dining throughout the day.

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Disclosure: I received this dinner as a sample from Red Roost Tavern. The comments above are entirely my own and were not a requirement of the dinner. You can read our sample policy on our site.

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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.

Cheers!

 

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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.

Cheers!

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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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