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Great Wine Made in Southern Ohio?

By Catherine | On Sep 6, 2014 | No Comments

Yes, indeed!  On a recent trip to Cincinnati, I had the pleasure of dining at Abigail Street, a wonderful tapas-style restaurant.  Perusing the menu, there was a section titled “Wines on Tap” (more about that below). We asked our server about the wine of the day and learned that it was a Cabernet Franc made at a local vineyard called…

Rue Mussels

Fall Feasting

By Catherine | On Nov 7, 2013 | 1 Comment

For the first couple of weeks after the trip to Italy, I tried to behave myself, conserving calories and dollars.  However, that can last just so long!  My daughter, Hilary, visited me in Charleston the last weekend of October and we had great fun, as always, eating and drinking our way around town.  Among the highlights were lunch at 39…

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Rome!

By Catherine | On Oct 2, 2013 | No Comments

Our departure from Gubbio was not without problems.  It was raining (first time during the trip), but more importantly, there was a local run that morning and the tiny streets were blocked off while the runners got started.  I believe I mentioned the bicycle race that interfered with our day in Florence – what are the chances of encountering two…

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Kudos to the Culinary Team at Cincinnati State

By Catherine | On Sep 8, 2013 | 1 Comment

Last month I visited my home town of Cincinnati to visit friends and attend the Western and Southern Tennis Masters tournament. The culinary highlight of the trip was a wine tasting dinner at The Summit, a restaurant operated by the culinary arts program at  Cincinnati State.  The wines were presented by Vintage Point, a distributor with an eclectic collection of…

Cinsault

Cinsault, Vino Volo, and More

By Catherine | On Jul 21, 2013 | No Comments

In June I made a short trip to Frederick, MD to visit my daughter and son-in-law.  We had dinner at a favorite spot, The Tasting Room.  Conversation with the sommelier, Jarrett Walsh, led to the decision to “go out on a limb” just a little and try a wine made from 100% Cinsault.  This particular wine is made by Michael…

Jerry Sass

Jerry Sass and The Macintosh Team Up

By Catherine | On Jun 30, 2013 | No Comments

Sass Winery in Salem, Oregon, was founded by wine maker Jerry Sass in 1989 when he purchased 19.4 acres of land and began planting Pinot Noir vines. The production is small, approximately 4,500 cases per year across all of the varietals. Jerry is passionate about the land, the grapes, and the wine making techniques he employs and the results are…

Velvet Devil

May Musings

By Catherine | On Jun 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

May has been a tasty month.  A friend, who also has a May birthday, and I celebrated our special days at McCrady’s.  Once again, the four course chef’s tasting menu did not disappoint!  Lee was in the mood for Merlot and we couldn’t resist ordering the Velvet Devil.  The Velvet Devil is made by  Charles Smith, an interesting character who…

New World Olive Oil

Thank You, News, and Notes

By Catherine | On Feb 12, 2013 | No Comments

Thank you for participating in the Rock and Vine promotion – those of you who left comments and those of you who helped to spread the word.  You are all greatly appreciated.  The winners have been selected and should be receiving their beautiful books within the next week or ten days. This post contains various things I have been meaning…

Peach Pie at Husk

Local Tasting Notes

By Catherine | On Aug 14, 2012 | No Comments

A second visit to Two Boroughs Larder on August 3 proved to be as good or better than my first experience. The Larder was happy to allow me to bring in a bottle of wine and I selected a bottle of the 2008 Newton Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon that was mentioned in my post about the Newton Wine Dinner at Carolina’s….

Soup at SNOB

Chef’s Table Extraordinaire!

By Catherine | On Aug 7, 2012 | 2 Comments

Slightly North of Broad (locally and fondly known as “SNOB”) is offering a new Chef’s Table Dinner on Sunday evenings.  There are two seatings, one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 8:00 p.m.  My daughter, Hilary, and I occupied two of the six seats at the chef’s table overlooking the kitchen and were joined by two couples who were visiting…

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