Winery Dinner Series

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

Winery Dinner Series


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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 $5.6 million has been granted over the last 29 years.


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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 Participating Restaurants

All dinners begin at 6:30 pm on March 12, 2020.

Restaurants, wineries, and menus will be listed as they are confirmed. Please keep checking back for updates!

The Capital Grille, featuring Long Meadow Ranch

Eddie Merlot's, featuring Jackson Family Wines

Jag's Steak & Seafood, featuring Don Melchor & Concha y Toro

Jeff Ruby's Carlo & Johnny, featuring Titus Vineyards- SOLD OUT

Jeff Ruby's Precinct, featuring Paul Hobbs Winery

Lisse Steakhuis featuring Revel OTR Urban Winery

The Mercer OTR, featuring Groth Vineyards and Winery - SOLD OUT

The Metropolitan Club, featuring Michael Mondavi Wines

Morton's The Steakhouse, featuring Stag's Leap Wine Cellars- SOLD OUT

Nicola's Ristorante, featuring Ruffino Estates - SOLD OUT

Orchid's at Palm Court, featuring Darioush- SOLD OUT

Postmark, featuring DAOU Family Estates

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, featuring Chimney Rock & Sanford 

The President's Room at The Phoenix, featuring Gundlach-Bundschu

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 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.


Duke Energy Convention Center
Grand Ballrooms, 3rd Floor
525 Elm Street; Cincinnati, OH 45202
Day(s) Time Price
Friday Evening 7:00 – 9:30 PM $75 in advance, $80 day of event
Saturday Afternoon 2:30 – 4:30 PM $70 in advance, $75 day of event
Saturday Evening 6:30 – 9:00 PM $85 in advance, $90 day of event

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.

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

2020 Topic Day(s) Time Price
Old World vs. New World  Friday Evening 6:00-7:00 PM $30 in advance, $35 day of (Plus the cost of a grand tasting ticket)
Sake for the Intrigued Beginner  Saturday Afternoon 1:30-2:30 PM $30 in advance, $35 day of (Plus the cost of a grand tasting ticket)
Off the Beaten Path Saturday Evening 5:30-6:30 PM $30 in advance, $35 day of (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 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.

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. 

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival

Organizer of Winery Dinner Series
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