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Aug 15

Tasty Cabernet Sauvignons

By: Cresta

Life has been completely crazy lately! I have had a chance to enjoy a couple of wines…just haven’t had much time to write about them. Here are a couple of nice Cabernet Sauvignon varieties I’ve recently tasted.

2009 Fetzer Cabernet Sauvignon. A Cab Sauv from California with flavors of black cherry, vanilla and chocolate. Medium bodied with moderate tannins, this wine is easy to drink. It paired nicely with the pork loin we had for dinner.

2010 Root: 1 Cabernet Sauvignon. Root: 1 wines are known as the “original ungrafted” wines as the grapes are grown in the ungrafted root systems of the Colchagua Valley in Chile, which results in intense, ripe fruit flavors.

This wine has a strong cherry aroma with deep flavors of tangy blackberry and vanilla. It is a full-bodied wine with soft tannins and good structure.  I’d love to eventually try the Root:1 Carmenere and Sauvignon Blanc.

You should be able to find these wines for $10-$12 each.

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Jul 20

Some Upcoming Wine Tastings

By: Cresta

Here are some upcoming wine tastings that I am aware of. Most require advance registration. Please share any other Cincinnati-area wine tastings you enjoy attending.

The Wine Merchant in Hyde Park


Saturday, July 21: Noon-5 p.m.

Saturday Premium Wine Flight – sample four Riesling’s for $15.


Friday, July 27: 6-8 p.m.

Friday Night Tasting – Hooray Rosé. Taste a sampling of refreshing Rosé selections for $20.


Saturday, July 28: Noon-5 p.m.

Saturday Premium Wine Flight – taste four wines from Burgundy for $15.

Party Source in Bellevue


Wednesday, July 25: 8 p.m.

Fresh Catch Wines! Taste a variety of wines to pair with fish for $20 (includes a $5 Party Source gift card).


Deps’ Fine Wine & Spirits

Ft. Thomas and Covington


Dep’s holds tastings on Fridays at both stores, 4-8 p.m. Check out their website for the theme and wine selections.













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Jul 17

South African Red: Joostenberg Shiraz/Merlot

By: Cresta

Joostenberg Shiraz/Merlot 2009 is a full-bodied South African red blend that is rich and savory, with distinct tastes of plum and spice. It’s a fairly bold wine but with well-balanced tannins. Not too dry and very flavorsome.

Joostenberg is a fifth-generation family farm committed to natural farming and wine making. The grapes are from the organically grown vineyards of the Paarl Region in South Africa. According to the winemaker, this is an unusual blend as Shiraz and Merlot are not combined in any of the famous wine growing regions.

I thought this was best served at a cool room temp. I put the bottle in the fridge for about 30 minutes prior to drinking the first time.

I’m unsure of the cost as this was a bottle from the wine club.


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Jun 29

Boxed Wines Are Making a Comeback

By: Cresta

I haven’t tried the new and improved boxed wines. It’s a much more economical choice if you’re entertaining alot of people, but I’ve honestly never thought to scout out some good options. Well, now I will, thanks to this article in Women’s Health magazine. Yes, Women’s HEALTH. Hey, makes me feel better that a healthy living mag is writing about wine.

I especially love the Pinot Evil Pinot Noir- the name and the graphics on the box.

Check it out and let me know – have you had any of these (or other) boxed wines? What do you think? Any good ones out there?

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Jun 27

Wines That Go with Grilling Season

By: Cresta

Ah…I absolutely love grilling season. Chicken, pork, steak, a good juicy burger. Love them all. Plus, I can always rely on my husband to grill while I do everything else. Not to mention the clean-up is much easier.

With 4th of July almost upon us, I thought it was a good time to offer suggestions on what wines to pair with your cookout fare. I know you all have your own taste preferences so just consider this a guide.

Perfect Cookout Reds

Zinfandel is one of the most versatile reds because it pairs well with a variety of red meat options. It also works with zesty sauces like BBQ or steak sauce (for spicier sauces, try a Merlot). Its bold flavors of blackberry with hints of vanilla and coffee – yet medium body – make it a great option for burgers, ribs, hot dogs and grilled chicken. One of my faves is Cline, a California Zin.

Syrah/Shiraz, with its assertive fruit flavors and more mellow tannins, also is good with just about any red meat. Try Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz from the Barossa Region of South Australia or any of Mollydooker’s Shiraz varieties – Blue Eyed Boy, The Boxer and Carnival of Love.

Pinot Noir is another great but lighter-style red that complements grilled fish, burgers and chicken. I like a few from California – Middle Sister Goodie Two-Shoes, Castle Rock and Irony Pinot Noir.

Grill-Friendly Whites

Riesling is an ideal white to have on hand at your upcoming cookout because it is so versatile. The balance of fruit and acidity with just a bit of sweetness make it a nice match for salads, hot dogs and brats, seafood and grilled veggies. I recommend Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” Riesling (Mosel, Germany) or Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Reisling.

Grilled chicken and pork chops love an unoaked Chardonnay. Try Four Vines “Naked” Chardonnay, Toad Hollow Chardonnay or Kim Crawford Marlborough Unoaked Chard.

If you are grilling something with an herbaceous or citrusy marinade (think Italian dressing, lemon, fresh herbs), then go for a Sauvignon Blanc. Because these marinades have characteristics similar to a Sauv Blanc, the flavors will really come out. Some of my favorites are Oyster Bay, Brancott and Benziger Sonoma Lake Sauvignon Blanc.

Do have any go-to wines for your cookouts? Please share. I’d love to hear them.

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