Meza owners Tatjana and Jason Brown populate their shelves with more than 200 hand-selected domestic and imported wines, hosting casual wine-tasting events that cast the spotlight on five wines and light Italian tapas from Cardone's Restaurant. Ushering in libations from regions such as Napa, Sonoma, and Columbia Valley and international grape extracts from countries including Argentina, Italy, Germany, Austria, Croatia, and Australia, Friday-night wine tastings showcase an ever-changing cast of deliciously bottled characters. The Spanish Tasting—Hot New Wines event sends taste buds feet-first into zesty, citrusy whites such as verdejo and viura, and smoky reds from Rioja. Prime mouths for summer with Patio Pounders from the United States and stimulate palates and optical organs with the Amazing Aussie Wines with Cool Labels night, showcasing the rich varietals from Some Young Punks, which punch palates with labels such as The Squid's Fist and Passion Has Red Lips.
Tony Klausing traces his interest in winemaking back to watching his father prepare 1-gallon batches in the basement, where the inexperienced vintner would mix ingredients in the only method afforded to him: trial and error. Later, when Tony went on to open his own winery with the skills he learned, he decided to give it a name from a classic song, and landed on a shortened version of “Good Vibrations.” Now that he’s perfected his winemaking process, his wines bear the names of other favorite songs, acting like a mix tape that declares his crush on the craft.
Tony shares his ardor with the visitors to his storefront, where they’re greeted in a room with exposed brick and wood accents. The tasting bar encompasses a selection of more than 20 vintages, each of which pairs readily with available cheese plates. Clients can even charter the winery to produce wines of their own design that also bear custom labels.
Formerly an award-winning home brewer, Mike Byrne now oversees the award-winning Buckeye Lake Brewery’s handcrafted beer. Its rotating selection of six beers on tap, which range from a brown porter to an amber ale to a stout, fills growlers at the 42-seat pub. Along with Ohio wine, the brews complement the pub's panini sandwiches and pizza delivered from Pizza Cottage straight to the pub’s tables.
Every 20 years our government allows one business to turn every day of the week into a Friday with a series of special calendars printed on stone. Today's Groupon honors the restaurant gubernatorially ordained in 1993 with $20 worth of week-ending cuisine at T.G.I. Friday's for $10. Bring your family, friends, or a group of tourists that follow you because they think you're Jamie Farr to indulge in distinctly Friday fare at a restaurant renowned for delivering the euphoric feeling of having two consecutive days off work.
Specializing in bottles from small-production boutique wineries, The Olde Wine Cellar quenches sip-seeking palates with a large selection of whites, reds, rosés, and more. Wine tastings, held 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, change themes every week to give sippers a big gulp of fermented knowledge. Learn about refreshing wines to drink during hot summer months with the summer reds tasting, or attend a blind tasting session, in which visual deprivation removes prejudices against the wine's color, origin, or sudden appearance on your shirt. Each tasting furnishes imbibers with six samples complemented by plates of cheese and crackers to cleanse the palate between swigs.
Craig and Laura Decker seem to have a difficult time making up their minds. They also seem to have a knack for turning this indecisiveness into an advantage at every turn. When it came to opening their new business, for example, they briefly wondered whether it should feature a wine shop, a wine bar, or a gourmet bistro. Their solution? All three.
This spirit of inclusivity pervades The Wine Guy Bistro, where the Deckers pair seasonal wine varietals with globally inspired cuisine. Rather than choose between European elegance and New-American pizzazz, they settled on a compromise they describe as “Old World chic.” This label suits a menu that features small plates of housemade meatballs and bruschetta alongside assorted cheeses from around the world. The focus on small plates is in keeping with the Deckers’ have-it-all mentality and gives diners the option to sample several dishes without having to barter with adjacent tables.