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May 30

La Poste Eatery is on the Top of My Favorite Restaurants List

By Angela

Recently, I celebrated my birthday at La Poste Eatery and Wine Room and it was one of the best wine and food experiences ever. We decided to have wine pairings with dinner.

Our first course was the Foie Gras on Banana Bread with a sliced Banana with caramelized sugar on top that had a maple carmel syrup finished with cracked sea salt. We had a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne. The hint of sweetness from the Champagne complimented the syrup and the Banana Bread and the driness of the brut matched perfectly with the salt. The Foie Gras melted in your mouth and had this creamy after taste.

The second course was an order of Ravioli with a field blend of mushrooms, fresh sage, cream, and parmesan reggiano. It was paired with Styring Estate Pinot Noir ’06, this was one of the best comfort combinations that I ever had. The Ravioli had a parmesan sage cream sauce with crispy pieces of sage on top that added a slight crispiness to the cream. The Styring Estate Pinot Noir was the perfect pairing. It was a very soft tasting with berries and finish with tannins. This is one of the best well balanced Pinot Noir that I have ever tasted.

The third course was fresh catch of John Dory, a nice crispy white fish with a wonderful red wine reduction with sliced carrots and sliced parsnips. A sweet and savory taste intertwined with the light fish was perfect and it was paired with Domaine Aubissieres Cuvee Silex Vouvray ’09.  It wasn’t tart at all, a slightly sweet taste of melon and fruits. I loved it because it didn’t have that sour taste that Sauvignon Blancs have. A wonderful summer wine that you can drink all summer long and for $16.99 a bottle with a 90 point rating from Robert Parker who wouldn’t want to.

The last course was a white chocolate bread pudding with dried cherries and a butter cream carmel sauce. It was paired with La Tour Vielle Banyuls dessert wine. First of all anything with white chocolate and bread pudding is exquisite. The taste that carried me into bliss was the port-style wine that in France they chill and drink it as an aperitif. This nutty, fruity dessert paired perfectly with the chocolate dessert.

 

I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves wines, food and wonderful ambiance.

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Nov 23

Shop ‘Til You Drop, Then Relax With Some Bubbly

By: Cresta

After a long – and hopefully productive – day of shopping Friday, spend some time tasting a variety of sparkling, bubbly wines from around the world. The Wine Merchant in Hyde Park is featuring Sparkling Wines during its Friday Night Tasting this Friday, November 25 from 6 until 8 p.m.

You’ll be getting a jump start on holiday dinner planning as they promise the eight sparkling wine selections are perfect for the holidays. $20 per person if you register in advance at least 24 hours before the event; $25 at the door. 

Visit  http://www.winemerchantcincinnati.com/ to reserve your spot.

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May 28

Choice Treats on Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is pretty much synonymous with food and wine for us here at My Wine Education. It means two things: Taste of Cincinnati and opening weekend for the local wineries.

Taste of Cincinnati is the longest running culinary festival in the US. How about that? 32 years! Every year, Kevin and I go and the menu for us is pretty straight forward. I pretty much eat crepes and cheesecake and cream puffs … every dessert I can find. Kevin tries every BBQ he can find. We usually drink some Moerlein and Great Lakes beer and we have wonderful food-filled day.

Kevin and I are usually there on Sunday or Monday, as I can’t handle the crowds on Saturday. It’s generally hot, so we bring water and stay hydrated all day. No passing out down on Fifth Street!

You’ll find all the information you need about Taste at their web site – they even have a Twitter account!

On Saturday, instead of fighting crowds downtown, we’ll be enjoying a leisurely drive out to both Kinkead Ridge and Harmony Hill. Both wineries, as well as La Vigna Estate, open for the summer this weekend. However, while La Vigna and Harmony Hill will be open Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer, Kinkead Ridge is open only this Saturday and Monday. If you want some Viognier-Roussane (I do!), get it now and get it early. It’s in limited supply.

If you want to spend the day lazily going from winery to winery, I recommend this route, starting in Ripley and ending in Bethel: Kinkead Ridge, Meranda-Nixon, La Vigna Estate, and ending at Harmony Hill. If you can, stop and pick up some munchies and sit out on the Harmony Hill patio with  glass of wine, listening to the music.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. And remember, if you’ve had too much to drink – just call the FETCH taxi service at 513.35.FETCH.

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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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Mar 10

Wine-Girl’s 3rd Annual Wine Festival Survival Guide

The days are numbered. The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is this weekend. Hundreds of wines, hundreds of people, and you with your tasting glass. How on earth do you survive it?

Wine Festival Survival Guide

Welcome to Wine-Girl’s 3rd Annual Wine Festival Survival Guide. Every year I poll a large group of wine bloggers and find out if there are any outstanding tips, which I add to my own. These tips are geared for people who are heading to the Festival to try new wines, learn new things, and not get generally hammered.

(Need a printed copy of this? There’s a better than average chance you’ll find it in today’s MetroMix!)

So, from the collected wisdom of the Wine Blogging Twittersphere and in no particular order, here are some ways to survive tasting hundreds of wines:

  1. Decide when you want to go. The Friday Grand Tasting has always seemed more manageable to me, with slightly less people. The Saturday Grand Tasting is generally the biggest event, with what seems like an unending number of people. My favorite session is Saturday afternoon, as fewer people attend and I can get more face-time with the winemakers. This year you’ll find Kevin & I enjoying the Friday night session and I may be pouring wine for both Saturday events.
  2. Eat a big meal before hand. You’ll stay sober longer. You may want to follow your festival experience with a large meal afterwards. Either way, it’s a busy weekend downtown, and the St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities fall on Saturday. Whenever you decide to eat, make reservations.
  3. Consider a designated driver, cab service, or even a hotel room. Last year we decided to succumb to an afternoon and evening of alcohol and we got a hotel room. The Wine Fest web site offers several hotel packages downtown, and we often find great last minute deals at The Cincinnatian. This year we landed at the Hyatt, courtesy of Hotwire.
    Thinking of a cab service? You can always use FETCH (513-35-FETCH), which routes a cab to you from an available company.
  4. Make a game plan. Let me make this easier for you – you can download the 4-part guide from Cincinnati Magazine.
    In the guide, you can find the list of attending wineries, the corresponding floor plan, and the list of wines in the Special Tasting Room. Plan ahead. See what looks interesting. Accept that you can’t possibly try everything. You may want to decide to divide and conquer within your group of friends.
  5. Start at the end. Most people will start at the beginning. Starting at the end (or back) will allow you to fight a smaller crowd – at least until you make it to the middle.
  6. Manage your route so that you visit the sparkling wine and champagne in between big wines. Sparklers are excellent palate cleansers and you’ll last longer if you try those in between the big reds.
  7. Save those dessert wines for last. One year I succumbed to temptation and had a chocolate port early on. As tasty as it was, my next ten wines still tasted like chocolate.
  8. Try new things and don’t ignore the little and/or local guys. Just because you haven’t heard of them doesn’t mean they’re bad. Truly, some of the booths have the name of the distributor, but they might be featuring three or four different wineries. This is a perfect opportunity to branch out and explore a little. Who knows what you’ll find?
  9. Dress comfortably. Seriously, ladies, there is no need for high heels. You can still look cute and trendy and leave the stilettos at home. You will be walking a lot, standing even more, and jostling in and out of a lot of people. Expect it to be warm in the tasting hall. Lots of people and red wine can raise the temperature in a room.
  10. Since we’re talking about clothes, wear dark colors. I know it’s almost Spring, but don’t pull out your sundresses and pastels. Even if you manage to avoid spilling red wine on yourself, someone else might very well careen into you. Lots of people + lots of alcohol = lots of wine accidents. Dark colors are your best bet.
  11. Carry a small bottle of Wine Away or a Tide Stain Stick. Even if you don’t need it, someone else might. I mentioned dark clothing, yes?
  12. Get there early. People start filtering in late and things get really crowded really fast. Enjoy being early.
  13. Spit.
    What? Yes, I said spit. It’s actually an accepted practice. However, even at the Trade Tasting you don’t see it that often. One of the winemakers commented to me a few years ago that Cincinnati is strange because hardly anyone spits.
    Some thoughts on spitting:
    - Carry your own spit cup. Dixie cups work, as well as those Solo plastic cups. When a table is crowded, it’s hard to get to the bucket, nor do you want to be in someone else’s spit stream. Also, it’s easier to be discreet when you are quietly spitting into your own cup.
    - Dump instead of spit. I don’t spit at the Wine Festival. When I’m judging a wine competition, it doesn’t bother me to spit into a personal cup. But in our weird lack-of-spitting city, I get really self-conscious. So I take a small sip or two, try to really glean something out of it, and dump the rest of the wine into the bucket. It’s expected. You’re not wasting wine or hurting anyone’s feelings.
  14. Take breaks every 30 minutes or so to have some snacks and water, as well as to regroup.
  15. Hydrate, and wine doesn’t count. Bring water if they aren’t handing it out. But you’ll definitely want some handy.
  16. Stop by the bathroom periodically and I don’t mean to use the facilities. You need to periodically rinse out your glass. It doesn’t take long for your wine glass to be sticky and filled with the residue of previous tastes.
  17. The caveat to number 10 is that you should also try to rinse your glass with wine whenever possible and then dump. Rinsing with wine works better than water (although it won’t make the stickiness and red fingers go away). Just ask the nice person behind the table for a rinse. Heck, they might even respect you a little more for asking.
  18. Don’t try to take detailed tasting notes. Sometimes I just rate things on my happy face scale; occasionally I’ll write a sentence. There will be no time for detailed information, nor will you really have free hands or space for writing.
  19. Most importantly, have a fantastic time! We’ll have a follow-up post within the week, but I really look forward to hearing your own thoughts.
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