An Urban Winery in Cincinnati that You Need to Visit

An Urban Winery in Cincinnati that You Need to Visit

The more that I explore Cincinnati, the more I realize that there is still so much to uncover. The first time that I was introduced to Henke Winery was during a tour with Cincy Wine Wagon.  It was the last stop on our tour and it blew my mind that I never knew that Cincinnati had an urban winery on the west side.

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Practical Advice about Wine from Mike Rosenberg of The Naked Vine

 

Practical Advice about Wine from Mike Rosenberg of The Naked Vine

I asked Adventure Mom facebook fans to come up with a few questions for guest contributor Mike Rosenberg. I met Mike at an event for bloggers at Seasons 52. As a wine novice at the event, I had lots of questions.

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Discovering Local Wineries on the Cincy WineWagon Tour

Discovering Local Wineries on the Cincy Wine Wagon Tour

I’m pretty much up for any adventure that involves wine, which is why taking a tour of local wineries with Cincy WineWagon was a no brainer. I also love variety and this tour gave us three different wineries that each had their own personality and flavors.

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Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion’s Steak

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My husband and I recently enjoyed the “Vintage 51 Dining Experience”  at Jack Binion’s Steak for the 1st time.

 

Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion's Steak

 

The Cincinnati location is located inside Horseshoe Casino.

 

Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion's Steak

 

The restaurant offers a nice atmosphere and I was immediately drawn to the music coming from the bar area.

 

Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion's Steak

 

The band playing on Thursday night was incredible. I was told by the waitstaff that they play there pretty regularly too.

 

Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion's Steak

 

The “Vintage 51 Dining Experience ” is 3 course meal that also includes a glass of  wine.

 

Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion's Steak

 

My husband and I both ordered the JBS Wedge Salad which we both LOVED!

(Chopped Baby Iceberg, Heirloom Tomato, Crisp Benton Farm Bacon,Compressed Onion, Tossed in House Bleu Cheese)

 

Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion's Steak

 

We each ordered the 6 oz Center Cut Filet that was served with Creamy House Made Fingerling Salad. The Filet was prepared to perfection and seasoned with great flavor.

 

Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion's Steak

 

We also got to sample a menu item that was not part of our 3 course meal that night.   The Dauphine Potato is a whipped sweat potato that is deep fried and sprinkled with sugar.

 

Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion's Steak

 

The steak was amazing but I have a sweet tooth and I would order this item again by itself it that good!  I also would have a hard time sharing this order again so  I would probably need two.

 

Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion's Steak

 

The meal is served with a glass of Jack Binion’s own Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Vintage 51
(regular price $18 glass/$72 bottle)

 

Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion's Steak

 

For the third course, we each chose a different dessert. My husband ordered the White Chocolate Wrapped Cheesecake. The cheesecake was delicious fusion of white chocolate and cheesecake.

 

Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion's Steak

 

I ordered the “BERRIES” (Brown Butter, Balsamic, Berries, Basil) The Berries dish exceeded our expectations. It was light and extremely flavorful!

 

Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion's Steak

 

The manager also brought out the Chocolate dessert that made picking a favorite even harder! The chocolate was broken down into a variety chocolate flavors and textures.

 

Vintage 51 Dining Experience at Jack Binion's Steak

 

We really enjoyed our meal which was a great date night paired with great food and atmosphere.

 

The Vintage 51 Dining Experience is $51 per person plus tax & gratuity. It was an incredible meal that also offered a great value by including the glass of wine in the 3 course meal.

 

Jack Binion’s in Cincinnati is located at  1000 Broadway St, Cincinnati, OH  inside the Horseshoe Casino which offers free parking.

 

You can learn more about Jack Binion’s Steak from their website. 

 

Disclosure: Our meal was complimentary for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

A Dining Adventure at Seasons 52

A dining adventure at Seasons 52

I’m going to start with a confession. I really hate cooking… but I love eating really great food!

I’ve tried for brief moments to take interest in the art of all things culinary.  I think there are two main reasons for my lack of culinary skill, my kids’ unsophisticated palettes and my lack of desire to really take the time to research meals.  I also despise going to the grocery store for the few ingredients that a recipe needs that I don’t already have.  The experience leaves me feeling irritated and not rewarded by a job well done.  The times I have tried to make meals that are a lengthy process have usually ended in disaster.

My lack of cooking desire does make me appreciate eating a really good meal out.  Probably because it gives me the opportunity to try something that I would never attempt to make at home or have the ingredients for anyway.

I love a dining experience.  I was invited to a complimentary preview dinner at Seasons 52 to experience a unique dining experience of a 7 course meal with wine pairings.  This invitation made my heart happy on so many levels because the meal was the adventure.

Here is a little bit about Seasons 52

Known for its seasonally inspired menu and fresh approach to dining, Seasons 52 offers notable menu selections such as: Steak and Cremini Mushroom Flatbread, Cedar Plank Salmon, Caramelized Sea Scallops and Maui Tuna Crunch Salad. Menus change four times a year with weekly specials that truly capture the flavors of each season. Nothing on the menu is more than 475 calories, from the signature flatbreads and appetizers, to all entrees and the popular Mini Indulgence desserts. 

In addition, Seasons 52’s Master Sommelier George Miliotes has developed a diverse international wine list featuring over 100 wines with more than 52 selections offered by the glass, highlighted by several organic wines as well as Miliotes’ ever-changing selection of “Drink Them Before They’re Famous” recommendations. 

Confession #2 – I’m a wine novice.

I don’t know very much about wine at all.  I don’t know which labels are the super expensive ones and which ones are the cheap ones other than by checking the price tag.

A dining adventure at Seasons 52

I found out that our dinner would have our wines paired by a Master Sommelier.

Confession #3 I had no idea what that was before receiving the invitation.

My husband, who is the foodie, loves to cook and watches food network often, had to educate me that a Sommelier was a big deal in the wine world.  There are less than 200 in the world and that makes them wine rock stars and the ultimate “go to” for pairing the perfect wine with a meal.

The new Seasons 52 Cincinnati location is a short distance from the Rookwood Commons and Pavilion shopping area at the Rookwood Exchange.

Upon arrival, we got a tour of the restaurant and each room was set up beautifully for guests.  The inside design of Seasons 52 was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.

A dining adventure at Seasons 52

The detail of design really cultivates a relaxing atmosphere for groups large or small.  Seasons 52 offers outdoor patio seating, exclusive chef’s table, three private dining rooms for private and semi private business and social events along with a piano bar with live music nightly.

A dining adventure at Seasons 52

A dining adventure at Seasons 52

Our night was unseasonably warm and was perfect for showing off the adjoining room’s ability to convert to more of an open air environment by adjusting the glass panels that connected with the patio.

A dining adventure at Seasons 52

The kitchen is a “no need for secrets” open design concept that features a brick oven.

A dining adventure at Seasons 52

You will never have to worry about what to drink because Seasons 52 carries upwards of 2,000 bottles of wine in their climate controlled wine chateau.  Seasons 52 also has live music every evening. The singer did a great job of singing a variety of music that evening that included a song from one of my husband’s favorite bands Weezer.

A dining adventure at Seasons 52

The food that evening was incredible!

A dining adventure at Seasons 52

Chipotle Shrimp with roasted poblanos, grilled pineapple and feta cheese

paired with Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Sainte Anne, Champagne MV

The salad was first presented inside a glass cylinder by the server who then lifted and rotated the cylinder to disperse that salad on our plates.

Organic Field Greens, Grilled Mushrooms, Toasted Pistachios, Truffle Dressing

paired with Sinskey Pinot Noir, Carneros 2009

Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli, Roasted Garlic, Basil, Organic Tomato Broth

paired with Retromarcia, Chianti Classic 2009

Mesquite-Grilled Piedmontese Striploin & Manchester Farms All-Natural Quail, Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Red Wine Sauce paired with  Alto Moncayo Garnacha, Campo de Borja 2009 & De Toren Z, Stellenbosch 2009

Each course was a celebration in my mouth.  I didn’t show you every course because at this point I already feel like I’m bragging.  I’ll just say that I loved every course that I tried and it was fun to explore wines from around the world.  I should also remind you once again that each item on the menu is 475 calories or less!!!  This means you are getting healthy, fresh, menu items that are in season when you dine at Seasons 52 and can leave without dining remorse.

Confession #4 – I ate two desserts.

If I was with a group of friends, we probably would have been passing around each one so that we could try all of them.

I wasn’t quite at that level with my dining acquaintances, so I tried the chocolate Peanut Butter Mouse and the Red Velvet Mini Indulgence desserts. My friend tried the Mocha Macchiato and Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cannoli.

We were not the only ones who went for two after some nudging from our servers.  I feel like we broke the ice and everyone else who was curious about another item felt free to go for another round.  I was happy to take one for the team on that one.

The Seasons 52 staff was incredible that evening.  Each staff member was eager to help educate, not out of arrogance, but because they were passionate about what they do.  There is a huge labor of love that goes into creating food that is fresh that also creates an experience for your taste buds. If you enjoy wine, you will be elated over the options that the staff can recommend to enhance your meal.

During our dinner I received some additional information about wine and places to visit from guest Mike Rosenberg who was seated next to me. He writes for The Naked Vine which shares “wine advice for the rest of us.” He was the perfect person to confess my wine novice knowledge to.

Seasons 52 is perfect for a date or night out with friends. My husband couldn’t make it that night so I’m looking forward to sharing this food adventure with him in the near future.

Price wise I feel like Seasons 52 offers something for all budgets between their lunch and dinner menus. You do not have to spend a fortune to have an enjoyable meal there. You can really chose your own dining adventure.

 

You can learn more about planning your Seasons 52 dining adventure from their website.

 

The Seasons 52 Cincinnati location is located at 3819 Edwards Road and opens February 4th,2013. There are currently 23 restaurants located in 13 states across the country.

 

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary preview meal. All opinions are my own.