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September 6th, 2011

The Bacchanalian Society’s Fall Gathering

The Fall Gathering of the Bacchanalian Society will be held on Wednesday, September 21 on Fountain Square.

Fountain Square - Downtown Cincinnati

Fountain Square - Downtown Cincinnati

The event runs from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM with Pinot Grigio as the varietal focus. For those of you new to Bacchanalian Society events, a different wine varietal is featured at each event. Teams, consisting of 1 to 3 participants, are admitted by bringing 3 bottles of the same featured varietal. Two of each team’s 3 bottles are bagged, tagged and ranked by each participant. The 3rd bottle is set aside and left unopened. The teams that brought the 5 highest ranked wines divvy up each team’s 3rd unopened bottle, except for the lowest ranked wine which will be returned to the team that brought it. Still confused? Check out the official rules page.

Proceeds from the Fall Gathering will benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, and that by itself makes it a great event. So grab a friend or two and check it out.

You can RSVP for the Bacchanalian Society’s Fall Gathering by clicking here. Enjoy!

September 5th, 2011

Cincinnati Wine News – A new bourbon distillery on the Newport riverfront?

With a hand on the mouse and an ear to the ground, we’re bringing you wine news in the Cincinnati area and beyond. Here’s the rundown:


Party Source owner to add bourbon distillery
From the Cincinnati Business Courier…a microdistillery may be coming to the Newport riverfront. Owners of the Party Source are looking to secure financing incentives for a $4.2 million project to bring a bourbon distillery to land currently owned by the Newport levee. According to the article, the distillery would have a rooftop pavilion that could hold 150 people and a 50-person event center for public tours and dinner meetings. Pulling for this one, as development on either side of the river is good for Cincinnati.

Grammer’s Reopening
From Wine Me, Dine Me…the historic Grammer’s bar in OTR will indeed be reopening. Hopefully soon, and hopefully with much success.

Top Ten Differences Between Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley
From Fermentation…a nice article comparing and contrasting Napa and Sonoma. Definitely pros and cons for both regions depending on what you like and what you’re looking to get out of a trip.

Weather Woes For Napa Wineries
From Vino Sense…an extremely late growing season may result in lower grape output across the Napa Valley. Blame it on a wet summer.

August 20th, 2011

Southern Ohio Wine Tour (Video)

For those of you yet to venture outside the I-275 loop to some of the wonderful local vineyards the Cincinnati area has to offer, hopefully the video below from Ohio Wine TV gets you inspired. Among the stops on this southern Ohio wine tour: Meranda-Nixon & Henke Winery.

Ohio Wine TV is a free, on-line service that offers monthly subscribers access to expert-led tours of several of the state’s more than 150 wineries. Each month subscribers receive an e-mail directing him or her to the newest program highlighting a different winery or wine region and its top wines.

June 9th, 2011

La Vigna Estate Winery Now Opened on Saturdays

lavignawhitefront3La Vigna Estate Winery in Georgetown, Ohio is now opened every Saturday from noon to 6 PM through Labor Day.

Each Saturday La Vigna will be pouring three wines: the 2010 Proprietary White (Late harvest Petit Manseng), the 2009 Carnevale Cabernet Franc, and the 2008 Proprietary Red Wine (while supplies last). All wines are 100% Estate grown, from ground to glass.

La Vigna is a small estate winery dedicated to the limited production of fine wines. For more information visit their website or call 937-375-1104.

June 4th, 2011

Piccolo Wine Room Patio Now Open

Just in time for the spicy June heat, Piccolo Wine Room in the Historic Glendale Town Square has opened its new outdoor patio.  Piccolo patio shot 2

Described by Piccolo as “small yet quaint” the outdoor patio will host live music throughout the summer. You can stay up to date on the featured acts by subscribing to Piccolo’s mailing list here.

Piccolo Wine Room is next to Piazza Discepoli in the Glendale Town Square. They feature wines by the glass as well as a nice selection of small plates.

23 Village Square, Glendale, Ohio

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