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Cincinnati International Wine Festival

March 13-14, 2020
Friday Grand Tastings - March 13th
Friday Evening Grand Tasting
Mar. 13
$75.00

Friday Evening Grand Tasting 7pm-9:30pm

($80 per person at the door)

Friday Evening Education Session - Add On
Mar. 13
$30.00

Friday Evening Education Session 6pm-7pm. Attendance requires ticket purchase to the Friday Evening Grand Tasting). Please arrive 15 min. early.

Old World vs. New World: Presented by Kathy Merchant, DipWSET, French Wine Scholar, Italian Wine Scholar and Certified Specialist of Wine. Do you know how to spot the differences in tradition or terroir? Learn how winemaking practices and regional climates around the world greatly affect the taste of wine, and how the varying styles both have wonderful things to offer.

Friday Evening Collectors Tasting - Add On
Mar. 13
$40.00

Friday Evening Collectors Tasting Room 6pm-7pm (Requires Friday Evening Grand Tasting ticket)

Selections of special, high-end wines are poured in the collectors room for one hour before each grand tasting. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

($45 per person at the door)

Saturday Afternoon Grand Tastings - March 14th
Saturday Afternoon Grand Tasting
Mar. 14
$70.00

Saturday Afternoon Grand Tasting 2:30pm-4:30pm

($75 per person at the door)

Saturday Afternoon Education Session - Add On
Mar. 14
$30.00

Saturday Afternoon Education Session 1:30pm–2:30pm. Attendance requires ticket purchase to the Saturday Afternoon Grand Tasting. Please arrive 15 min. early.

Sake for the Intrigued Beginner: Presented by Mary Horn, Level III Advanced Sommelier and Certified Sake Professional. Expand your horizons, and learn how to drink sake like a pro! You’ll learn how it’s made, how to taste and appreciate it, and why it works in your world. You’ll never be afraid of sake again.

Saturday Afternoon Collectors Tasting - Add On
Mar. 14
$40.00

Saturday Afternoon Collectors Tasting Room 1:30pm–2:30pm (Requires Saturday Afternoon Grand Tasting ticket)

Selections of special, high-end wines are poured in the collectors room for one hour before each grand tasting. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

($45 per person at the door)

Saturday Evening Grand Tastings - March 14th
Saturday Evening Grand Tasting
Mar. 14
$85.00

Saturday Evening Grand Tasting 6:30pm-9pm

($90 per person at the door)

Saturday Evening Education Session - Add On
Mar. 14
$30.00

Saturday Evening Education Session 5:30pm–6:30pm Attendance requires ticket purchase to the Saturday Evening Grand Tasting. Please arrive 15 min. early.

Off The Beaten Track: Presented by John F. “Jack” Keegan, Certified Wine Educator and Certified Bordeaux Educator with 25-years of teaching viticulture and enology at Miami University. The typical stars such as Chardonnay or Pinot Noir will not be our focus in this session. Instead we’ll explore some hidden gems from around the globe that you’ve probably never heard of nor tasted. We all know that the world of wine is a delightful journey, so take the road less traveled.

Saturday Evening Collectors Tasting - Add On
Mar. 14
$40.00

Saturday Evening Collectors Tasting Room 5:30pm–6:30pm (Requires Saturday Evening Grand Tasting ticket)

Selections of special, high-end wines are poured in the collectors room for one hour before each grand tasting. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

($45 per person at the door)

Additional Information

Need tickets for different Wine Festival events?

Click here for Winery Dinner tickets.

Click here for Charity Auction Luncheon tickets. 

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a charitable, non-profit organization founded in 1991 to promote the wine industry and raise funds for local charities. The festival continues to grow each year and has become one of the largest, premier wine events in the country. Your participation enabled the festival to distribute $406,000 in grants in 2019 to 35 Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area charities supporting the arts, education, health and human services. In total, more than $6 million has been granted over the last 29 years.

Winery Dinner Series

Visiting wine experts from around the world team up with our area’s finest chefs in their restaurants to create incredible multi-course dining experiences with wine pairings. Meet the winery hosts, learn the story of their wines, and savor the skillful harmony of fine wine and masterful cuisine.

2020 Winery Series - All dinners begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Restaurants, wineries, and menus will be listed as they are confirmed. Please check our website here for updates!


Charity Auction & Luncheon

This exciting live auction features large format bottles of wine, limited releases, vertical vintages, rare wines coaxed from local cellars, dining opportunities at exclusive Cincinnati homes and much more! Seating is festival style with wine service.

Immediately following the live auction is a gourmet luncheon prepared by the staff of Orchids at Palm Court. Each table is hosted by a different winery and features a variety of special wines to pair with three wonderful courses.

Location

The Hall of Mirrors
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 West 5th Street; Cincinnati, OH 45202

Date and Time

Saturday, March 14, 2020
9:30 AM Wine Reception and Silent Auction
11:00 AM Live Auction followed by Winery Luncheon

Cost - $135 per person; buy tickets here

Grand Tastings

More than 700 new, rare, and exciting wines from more than 200 wineries around the world are available to sample, while guests enjoy delicious food and view the silent auction offerings, which raise additional funds for the local beneficiaries.

Whether a seasoned expert or an intrigued beginner, winemakers and winery representatives welcome guests as they pair their useful knowledge with exquisite samples of their art.

Location:
Duke Energy Convention Center
Grand Ballrooms, 3rd Floor
525 Elm Street; Cincinnati, OH 45202

Grand Tastings

Day(s) Time Price
Friday Evening 7:00 – 9:30 PM $75 in advance, $80 at the door
Saturday Afternoon 2:30 – 4:30 PM $70 in advance, $75 at the door
Saturday Evening 6:30 – 9:00 PM $85 in advance, $90 at the door

*Minimal processing fees apply for all credit card payments. Half of the ticket fee is tax deductible. Please consult tax professional.

The Collectors Tasting Room (add-on ticket)

Enjoy VIP access with 7 tastes of high-end wines for one hour only prior to each Grand Tasting. Requires the purchase of a Grand Tasting ticket. Please arrive early.

Days(s) Time Price
Friday Evening 6:00-7:00 PM $40 in advance, $45 at the door (Plus the cost of a Grand Tasting ticket)
Saturday Afternoon 1:30-2:30 PM $40 in advance, $45 at the door (Plus the cost of a Grand Tasting ticket)
Saturday Evening 5:30-6:30 PM $40 in advance, $45 at the door (Plus the cost of a Grand Tasting ticket)

*Minimal processing fees apply for all credit card payments. Half of the ticket fee is tax deductible. Please consult tax professional.

Education Sessions (add-on ticket)

New to wine, or just want to make the most out of your Grand Tasting experience? Join some of the most knowledgeable wine educators in Cincinnati for a one-hour education session prior to each Grand Tasting. Requires the purchase of a Grand Tasting ticket. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

2020 TopicDay(s)TimePrice
Old World vs. New World Friday Evening6:00-7:00 PM$30 in advance (Plus the cost of a grand tasting ticket)
Sake for the Intrigued Beginner Saturday Afternoon1:30-2:30 PM$30 in advance (Plus the cost of a grand tasting ticket)
Off The Beaten PathSaturday Evening5:30-6:30 PM$30 in advance (Plus the cost of a grand tasting ticket)

2020 Friday Evening - Old World vs. New World: Presented by Kathy Merchant, DipWSET, French Wine Scholar, Italian Wine Scholar and Certified Specialist of Wine. Do you know how to spot the differences in tradition or terroir? Learn how winemaking practices and regional climates around the world greatly affect the taste of wine, and how the varying styles both have wonderful things to offer.

2020 Saturday Afternoon - Sake 101: Presented by Mary Horn, Level III Advanced Sommelier and Certified Sake Professional. Expand your horizons, and learn how to drink sake like a pro! You'll learn how it's made, how to taste and appreciate it, and why it works in your world. You'll never be afraid of sake again.

2020 Saturday Evening - Off The Beaten Path: Presented by John F. “Jack” Keegan, Certified Wine Educator and Certified Bordeaux Educator with 25-years of teaching viticulture and enology at Miami University. The typical stars such as Chardonnay or Pinot Noir will not be our focus in this session. Instead we'll explore some hidden gems from around the globe that you've probably never heard of nor tasted. We all know that the world of wine is a delightful journey, so take the road less traveled.

*Minimal processing fees apply for all credit card payments. Half of the ticket fee is tax deductible. Please consult tax professional.