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Wine calendar: Free Bourbon Legends Boxcar Tour, farm-to-table dinner at Vaccaro’s, Greenhouse Tavern event, more

September 18, 2018

Wine calendar: Free Bourbon Legends Boxcar Tour, farm-to-table dinner at Vaccaro’s, Greenhouse Tavern event, more

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Bourbon Legends Boxcar Tour is coming to Cleveland, Vaccaro’s has a special farm-to-table wine dinner planned, and many other wine-centric tastings are scheduled in Northeast Ohio. Wine-dinner prices often do not include tax or tip. Deadline to submit info is Thursday; email me. Cheers!

SEPTEMBER

Tuesday, Sept. 18: Cru Uncorked will hold a Chateau Pontet-Canet wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $225. It’s at 34300 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills.

Wednesday, Sept. 19: D’Agnese’s at White Pond will host a wine dinner featuring South American, Spanish and Portuguese wines at 6 p.m. Cost is $55. Jerica Shuss of Bottle to Glass will guide the tasting. D’Agnese’s is at 566 White Pond Dr., Akron, at Interstate 77. Wines to be served: Emendis, Can Xa Cava Brut; Doelas, Albarino; Genio Espanol, Roble Garnacha/Monastrell; Finca Millara, Cuesta de Los Olivos, Mencia; Vina Amalia Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva.

Wednesday, Sept. 19: Heinen’s will hold Oh Canada! An Evening with the Wines of the Niagara Peninsula. Wines from six wineries will be available. Cost is $25. It’s at 900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Thursday, Sept. 20: Vaccaro’s Trattoria will hold a five-course farm-to-table wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. All ingredients are locally sourced. Cost is $75. Call 330-666-6158. It’s at 1000 Ghent Road, at Interstate 77, Akron.

Thursday, Sept. 20: LockKeepers will hold a Piedmont-inspired dinner prepared by Dave Blackburn and paired with wines from John Bee and Famiglia. Reception is at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Cost is $75. Call to reserve, 216-524-9404. It’s at 8001 Rockside Road, Valley View. Wines to be served: 2017 Porello Favorita, 2017 Porello Roero Arneis Camestri, 2013 Colombo Pinot Nero Apertura, 2013 Giacosa Barbaresco Montefico, 2011 Sergio Molino Barolo Riva Rocca and Alice bel Colle Brachetto d’Acqui.

Thursday, Sept. 20: West Shore Wine Co. will feature six fall wines 6-8 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes six wines and food. It’s at 21629 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River. Call 216-712-6400 to reserve a spot.

Friday, Sept. 21: Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s Adult Swim series will feature fall wines. Cost is $40 ($30, aquarium passholders) and includes light hors d’oeuvres. Event is expected to sell out. The aquarium is at 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland.

Saturday, Sept. 22: West Shore Wine Co. will feature six fall wines 3-6 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes six wines and food. It’s at 21629 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River. Call 216-712-6400 to reserve a spot.

Saturday, Sept. 22: Western Reserve Wines’ weekly tasting will be themed Experience Greece 2-5 p.m. Cost is $10. Maggie Harrison will guide the casual tasting of red, white and rose wines. It’s at 28300 Miles Road, Solon.

Saturday, Sept. 22: Gervasi Vineyard offers complimentary winery tours every Saturday at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. at The Crush House Wine Bar & Eatery. Tours last about 30 minutes; no registration is needed. It’s at 1700 55th St. NE, Canton.

Sunday, Sept. 23: Urban Farmer will offer $25 bottles on Sunday nights. It’s at 1325 E. 6th St., Cleveland.

Monday, Sept. 24: The Greenhouse Tavern will kick off Watershed Distillery Week at 11 a.m. The bar will feature specials highlighting the Columbus distillery. TGT is at 2038 E. 4th St., Cleveland.

Wednesday, Sept. 26: Western Reserve Wines will hold a 2015 Bordeaux tasting with guest speaker Dan Greathouse of Heidelberg Distributing 7:30-9:30 p.m. Reservations are required; call 440-498-9463, stop in or email info@westernreservewines.com. Nibbles will be served to complement the wines. Cost is $55. It’s at 28300 Miles Road, Solon.

Wednesday, Sept. 26: The Arthritis Foundation’s 21st annual L’Amour du Vin is 6-9 p.m. at Avon Oaks Country Club. Features include a VIP Lounge, silent auction and raffles. Tickets include all food and wine tastings and valet parking. Advance ticket purchase recommended for the business-cocktail attire event. Admission is $75 ($95, VIP). It’s at 32300 Detroit Road, Avon.

Thursday, Sept. 27: West Shore Wine Co. will feature wines from the family-owned Truchard Vineyards of the Carneros region of Napa Valley, Calif. 6-8 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes six wines and food. It’s at 21629 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River. Call 216-712-6400 to reserve a spot.

Thursday, Sept. 27: The Wine Spot will have a tasting of wines from BROC Cellars - an urban winery in Berkeley, California - using naturally grown grapes, 6:30-8:30 p.m. It’s at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Saturday, Sept. 29: West Shore Wine Co. will feature wines from the family-owned Truchard Vineyards of the Carneros region of Napa Valley, Calif. 3-6 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes six wines and food. West Shore Wine Co. is at 21629 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River. Call 216-712-6400 to reserve a spot.

Saturday, Sept. 29: Western Reserve Wines’ weekly tasting will be themed Taking the Fall 2-5 p.m. Cost is $10. Darryl Spansky will guide the casual tasting of great wines for fall weather. It’s at 28300 Miles Road, Solon.

Saturday, Sept. 29: 750ml Wines will hold a series of master sommelier events with MS Larry O’Brien at noon. This one is a deep dive on the South. Cost is $69 (club members: $59 per class, $343 for all). It’s at 8903 Brecksville Road, Brecksville. Email info@750ml.com.

Sunday, Sept. 30: Royal Park Fine Wines will hold its annual fall wine and beer tasting 5-7:30 p.m. Two dozen wines (reds, whites, sparkling, sweet, dry) and six beers will be poured. Cost is $25. It’s at 12770 Royalton Road, North Royalton.

Sunday, Sept. 30: Urban Farmer will offer $25 bottles on Sunday nights. It’s is at 1325 E. 6th St., Cleveland.

OCTOBER

Thursday, Oct. 4: Details are in the works for The Wine Spot’s tasting of Colene Clemens Oregon Pinot Noirs. It’s at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Thursday, Oct. 4: 750ml Wines will hold a fundraising event highlighting J. Lohr Vineyards. For every bottle sold, the California winery will donate $3 and 750ml will donate $4.50 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. It’s at 8903 Brecksville Road, Brecksville.

Friday, Oct. 5: Heinen’s will hold Kick the Dirt with Rodney Strong Vineyards at 6 p.m. Taste wines from different appellations in Sonoma County, California: Upshot Red (new red blend), Russian River Rosé, Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Russian River Pinot Noir and Chalk Hill Chardonnay. Cost is $5. It’s at 900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Sunday, Oct. 7: Urban Farmer will offer $25 bottles on Sunday nights. Urban Farmer is at 1325 E. 6th St., Cleveland.

Friday, Oct. 12: The two-day Bourbon Legends Boxcar Tour hits Cleveland. It’s a chance for folks to sample assorted Kentucky bourbon from Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s. Free, but you must register. Space is limited; RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Location details and time slot will be emailed.

Saturday, Oct. 13: Papa Joe’s is holding a Right Bank Bordeaux wine dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $85. It’s at 1561 Akron Peninsula Road, Akron.

Saturday, Oct. 13: The two-day Bourbon Legends Boxcar Tour hits Cleveland. It’s a chance for folks to sample assorted Kentucky bourbon from Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s. Free, but you must register. Space is limited; RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Location details and time slot will be emailed.

Sunday, Oct. 14: Urban Farmer will offer $25 bottles on Sunday nights. Urban Farmer is at 1325 E. 6th St., Cleveland.

Thursday, Oct. 18: Ruth’s Chris Steak House will hold its sixth of six TasteMaker Dinners with wine pairings. The sixth five-course dinner will feature Stag’s Leap of California. Seating is limited; call 216-539-8404 for reservations and price. (There is a fee if cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the event.) Ruth’s Chris is at 200 Public Square, Cleveland.

Saturday, Oct. 20: North Coast Wine Club is holding its third annual Hobo party. Email info@northcoastwineclub.net for details.

Saturday, Oct. 20: 750ml Wines will hold a series of master sommelier events with MS Larry O’Brien at noon. This one is a deep dive on Spain. Cost is $69 (club members: $59 per class, $343 for all). It’s at 8903 Brecksville Road, Brecksville. Email info@750ml.com.

Sunday, Oct. 21: Urban Farmer will offer $25 bottles on Sunday nights. Urban Farmer is at 1325 E. 6th St., Cleveland.

Saturday, Oct. 27: In honor of its 40th anniversary, Morton’s The Steakhouse will host A Taste of Two Legends, featuring Mondavi wine. A six-course, chef-curated menu will be paired with what the restaurant says are “rare, world-class wines from four Mondavi generations,” including Charles Krug library wines. It’s at 1600 W. 2nd St., Cleveland.

Sunday, Oct. 28: Urban Farmer will offer $25 bottles on Sunday nights. Urban Farmer is at 1325 E. 6th St., Cleveland.

NOVEMBER

Sunday, Nov. 4: Urban Farmer offers $25 bottles. It’s at 1325 E. 6th St., Cleveland.

Sunday, Nov. 11: Urban Farmer offers $25 bottles. It’s at 1325 E. 6th St., Cleveland.

Friday, Nov. 16: Papa Joe’s is holding a dinner featuring Justin Winery at 7 p.m. Cost is $85. It’s at 1561 Akron Peninsula Road, Akron.

Sunday, Nov. 18: Urban Farmer offers $25 bottles. It’s at 1325 E. 6th St., Cleveland.

Sunday, Nov. 25: Urban Farmer offers $25 bottles. It’s at 1325 E. 6th St., Cleveland.

DECEMBER

Saturday, Dec. 1: 750ml Wines will hold a series of master sommelier events with MS Larry O’Brien at noon. This one is Larry’s holiday favorites. Cost is $69 (club members: $59 per class, $343 for all). It’s at 8903 Brecksville Road, Brecksville. Email info@750ml.com.

Sunday, Dec. 2: Urban Farmer offers $25 bottles. It’s at 1325 E. 6th St., Cleveland.

Tuesday, Dec. 4: National Cabernet Franc Day.

Saturday, Dec. 8: The Wine Spot will hold its sixth annual holiday wine show 1-4 p.m. As many as 100 wines will be available for tasting. The Wine Spot is at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Sunday, Dec. 9: Urban Farmer offers $25 bottles. It’s at 1325 E. 6th St., Cleveland.

Sunday, Dec. 16: Urban Farmer offers $25 bottles. It’s at 1325 E. 6th St., Cleveland.

Saturday, Dec. 29: Papa Joe’s is holding a Champagne dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $95. Papa Joe’s is at 1561 Akron Peninsula Road, Akron.

JANUARY 2019

Thursday, Jan. 24: Red & White on Thursday Night returns to Quaker Station at the University of Akron. The Arthritis Foundation fundraiser includes scores of wines for tasting. Details are in the works.

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