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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.

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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!


FRONTERA MERLOT- CHILE
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.

FETZER CHARDONNAY-CALIFORNIA
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

FETZER CABERNET-CAIFORNIA

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.

PINOT GRIGIO DELLE VENEZIE-ITALY

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.

DELATOUR PINOT NOIR-FRANCE

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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