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  • July 2nd, 2010

    A Cincinnati Wine Fourth of July

    I love the Fourth of July.  BBQs, sun (usually), friends, fireworks…it’s hard not to love it.  Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate and love the Fourth of July weekend through Cincinnati wine.

    Photo by AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker

    Photo by AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker

    Start your Cincinnati Fourth of July weekend at Piazza Discepoli in downtown Glendale for their Friday Night Wine Tasting. Glendale’s historic Town Square is one of my favorite spots in the city, and a quintessential American town square that’s perfect for celebrating the Fourth.  Piazza Discepoli will be featuring the Staff’s Favorite Picks, from a 2009 Simi Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc to a 2007 Joel Gott Mohr-Fry Ranches Vineyard Zinfandel.  The tasting runs from 5:00-8:00 PM.

    ironhorse1Afterward grab dinner at The Iron Horse Inn also in the Glendale Town Square. Iron Horse offers a couple of different dining options. Downstairs features fine dining at affordable prices, while the upstairs bar area called Bracker’s Tavern is more casual featuring pub-type fare. A huge wine list along with several craft beers makes it a great stop.

    On Saturday it’s time to get out and enjoy the sunshine, and a great place to do that is Harmony Hill Vineyards in Bethel, Ohio.  Harmony Hill is a boutique winery that features award winning wines along with great music.  On Saturday from 2:00-5:00 PM acoustic guitarist Mark Hundley will be performing.  Stroll the vineyard, grab a bottle of wine and sit back and enjoy the music.

    20brixFor dinner on Saturday night head to 20 Brix, located in historic downtown Milford (catching on to the historic downtown theme yet?).  20 Brix is a wine bar, wine seller and restaurant all rolled into one, and has become one of my favorite places to dine in Cincinnati.  The food is impeccably prepared and delicious, and you won’t find a better wine list in Cincinnati.

    On Sunday, perhaps after running in Evendale’s July 4th 10K run, try Dilly Cafe in Mariemont for lunch (UPDATE: Dilly Cafe is still a great place for lunch, but just found out they are closed on July 4th).  Dilly Cafe is truly one of the great lunch spots in Cincinnati (try to grab a table outside).  It’s tough to go wrong with anything on the menu, but my favorite is the North Atlantic cod sandwich and sweet potato fries, paired with a Chenin blanc or one of 30 quality wines by the glass.

    And of course a Fourth of July weekend just wouldn’t be complete without a fireworks display. Head to Ault Park in Mt. Lookout for their 45th Annual Fourth of July fireworks display.  After the fireworks sit back, relax, and enjoy that extra bottle of Harmony Hill Rubato you brought home.

    Have a happy and safe Fourth!

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