Wine Over Water on the Purple People Bridge – 9/19

Looking for an opportunity to enjoy some fabulous wine while supporting a good cause and doing all on top of the Ohio River? Well then Wine Over Water is for you as the wine tasting event will be held on the Purple People Bridge on Saturday, September 19 from 7pm to 10pm and will raise money to repaint the pedestrian/event bridge hosting the event.

The Newport Citizens Advisory Council is hosting the event and says that in addition to raising money to repaint Cincinnati’s second oldest existing river span, it will also raise money for the ECHO Soup Kitchen.

Event organizers say that participants will be sampling a selection of international wines and a variety of offerings from Cincinnati’s best wineries. Many of the local wineries present will also have bottles of wine for sale at the event if you taste one you particularly enjoy. There will also be hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a commemorative tasting glass all for just $20 in advance ($25 at the door). Tickets can be purchased in person at Kentucky Haus (10th & Monroe in Newport) or online here. A valid ID (must be 21 years of age) is required to be admitted to the event.


City Cellars: A Downtown Oasis

City Cellars is easy to miss a you travel south down Race Street, and while it’s not large in stature, it is quite well done and an important player in our community. Nestled at the NE corner of 9th and Race streets in the heart of downtown, a gigantic mural nearly overshadows the set-back storefront. Before walking into the store, you just might walk past Jim Tarbell or General Manager Brian Hymel enjoying a glass of beer or wine on the front porch of the establishment.

There’s always something going on at City Cellars as evidenced by their busy weekend coming up. There is a Cellar Party this weekend with 20% off everything in the cellar and free pizza! It runs from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday and you must RSVP by 2pm on Friday by sending an email to On Sunday City Cellars will be hosting a tailgate party for the Bengals game. Bryan plans on staying open this week & every other week for the Bengals games which include a tailgate for home games & viewing party for all games just as long as the the Bengals are on TV. We recommend calling ahead to check the schedule at 513-621-9463.

City Cellars photography by David Ben

In addition to the events going on this weekend, City Cellars offers a wine tasting event each Tuesday called TGIT, or “Thank Grapes it’s Tuesday! ” A wine representative is on hand every Tuesday to provide detailed information about each wine, the region it comes from, and how to purchase a bottle. Tastings are between 5:30pm and 7:30pm each Tuesday, but guests are encouraged to come at any point over the two hours. At just $8 for four (generous) pours, it’s a fantastic way to unwind after work.

If hunger strikes while sipping a Syrah or Grenache, try one of their incredible brick-oven pizzas available for purchase. Or, of you’d like something just a bit lighter, sample the cheeses and crackers offered at no charge. And as if there aren’t enough reasons to love City Cellars, they are also huge fans of the Cincinnati Streetcar. See some of the reasons why they like it here.

Dave Rolfes also contributed to this article.

Wine tasting at the Cincinnati Zoo – 8/27

The Cincinnati Zoo will be hosting Wild About Wine on Thursday, August 27 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This is the fourth year for the wine tasting event that benefits the Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW).

The theme for this tasting is wine from down under and will feature eight different Australian wines (see full list below). What will be new for the August wine tasting is that the Zoo will host the event at their new Vine Street Village and will include the Elephant Reserve and Giraffe Ridge according to event organizers.

In addition to the wine, there will be light appetizers from Habanero, Smokey Bones Bar & FIre Grill, Tano Catering, Truffles from Nordstrom, Innovations Catering and more. A silent auction will also be held and there will be live music from No Name Band and Loop Man Dan.

You can purchase tickets now which cost $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event (prices include parking). Those looking to take on the designated driver role can purchase tickets the day of the event for just $15. The Cincinnati Zoo is also well-served by Queen City Metro’s #1, #46 and #78 routes – plan your trip with Metro.

Wine Tasting List:

  • Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc
  • Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc
  • Hardy’s Nottage Hill Shiraz
  • Alice White Lexia
  • Barossa Valley Estates E Minor Chardonnay
  • Banrock Station Moscato
  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • Nobilo Regional Collection Pinot Noir