Taste German wines at eight Gateway Quarter shops at first Grape-Vine Friday

The Gateway Quarter Merchants Group will be hosting the first “Grape-Vine” Friday throughout the Gateway Quarter in historic Over-the-Rhine on Friday, October 2 from 5pm to 7pm.

Eight different merchants are encouraging the public to “sip, shop and socialize” throughout the shopping district. The event is the first of what will becoming a monthly happening that will feature a wine of the month in each of the participating stores where visitors can stop in and enjoy a complimentary tasting while they shop and socialize.

The October Grape-Vine will feature German wines in respect to ongoing Oktoberfest celebrations. Each of the merchants this month have worked with City Cellars on their wine selection and will have information to share about each selection. If you like what you’re tasting, then you’re encouraged to visit City Cellars just down the street for your very own bottle (or two).

Metronation, Segway of Cincinnati, Mica 12/v, Outside, A Lucky Step, Joseph Williams Home, Switch and Coffee Emporium are all participating while Lavomatic will feature a wine special on a select German wine. Below Zero Lounge will also be hosting an evening cabaret hosted by Carol Sherman Jones and Sherry McCamley from 7pm to 9:30pm making for a perfect place to head after you finish your sipping, shopping and socializing.

Grape-Vine Friday is scheduled for the next two months on November 6 and December 4. There is plenty of free on-street parking in and around the Gateway Quarter plus parking available at the 12th & Vine parking lot and the Gateway Garage which can be accessed off of 12th Street or Central Parkway. There are also lots of bike racks available and Metro bus service (plan your trip now).

Lavomatic Cafe photo by 5chw4r7z. Yes I used your photo again 5chw4r7z.

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.