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 $400,000 in grants in 2018 to 35 Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area charities supporting the arts, education, health and human services. In total, more than $5.6 million has been granted over the last 28 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.
2019 Participating Restaurants
All dinners begin at 6:30 pm on March 7, 2019.
Restaurants, wineries, and menus will be listed as they are confirmed. Please keep checking back for updates!
Eddie Merlot’s featuring Duckhorn Wine Company Menu here.
Jag’s Steak & Seafood featuring Copper Cane Winery Menu here.
Jeff Ruby’s Carlo & Johnny featuring Paul Hobbs Wines
Lisse Steakhuis featuring Graziano Family of Wines.
Morton’s Steakhouse featuring Chalk Hill Winery & Winemaker Courtney Foley
Nicholson’s featuring Mendocino Wine Co. Dinner @ 7:30pm. Menu Here.
Orchid’s: The Belvedere Room featuring Jackson Family Wines
Postmark featuring Allegrini & Renato Ratti
Red Feather featuring Justin Wines
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse featuring Clos du Val Menu Here.
The Capital Grille featuring Grgich Hills Estate
The Mercer OTR featuring Beringer Winery – Sold Out
The Metropolitan Club featuring Raymond, Buena Vista & DeLoach
The Precinct featuring The Prisoner Wine Company- Sold Out Menu Here
The President’s Room at the Phoenix featuring Ceretto & Zenato Menu Here.
More than 700 new, rare, and exciting wines from more than 250 wineries around the world are available to sample, while guests enjoy delicious food and a silent auction.
Whether you’re a seasoned expert or an intrigued beginner, winemakers and winery representatives welcome you 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
|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|
The Special Tasting Room (add-on ticket)
Enjoy 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.
|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)|
Education Sessions (add-on ticket)
New to wine and 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. Please arrive early.
|The Wine & Chocolate Experience||Friday Evening||6:00-7:00 PM||$30 in advance, $35 at the door (Plus the cost of a grand tasting ticket)|
|Tiny Bubbles||Saturday Afternoon||1:30-2:30 PM||$30 in advance, $35 at the door (Plus the cost of a grand tasting ticket)|
|Au Naturel Wine||Saturday Evening||5:30-6:30 PM||$30 in advance, $35 at the door (Plus the cost of a grand tasting ticket)|
Friday Evening Presented by Kevin Neal from The Wine Merchant and Mike Thomas from Hyde Perk: The Wine & Chocolate Experience: A guide to wine and chocolate – featuring expertly paired wines from the Wine Merchant and Aglamesis Brothers Chocolate
Saturday Afternoon Presented by Mary Horn, Level III Advanced Sommelier : Tiny Bubbles – Sparkling Bubbles from Around the World
Saturday Evening Presented by Michael Freeman, Advanced Sommelier : Au Naturel – Test your palate and experience natural wine styles from around the world and learn why this counter-culture category is such a controversial topic in the wine industry. Are you up for the challenge?