An enlightener of palates since 1998, The Wine List fans the flames of oenophilia with a stock of more than 1,000 international and domestic wines. During each Tuesday-night tasting, sippers will introduce their taste buds to four wines, two red and two white, which are enjoyed one at a time rather than being mixed together in a run-of-the-mill wine cauldron. A selection of fine cheeses and hors d'oeuvres supplements the tasteful tipples, giving guests a notion of each wine's potential for pairing.
At Z Place, oenophiles sample a medley of newly discovered domestic and imported wine varietals along with handpicked pairings of complementary cheeses. Douse your mouth with red selections including the medium-bodied merlot—which harmonizes with tangy gruyere, parmesan, and gorgonzola—as well as the mildly fruity cabernet sauvignon, complemented with nutty and sharp cheddar and blue cheese. Feta, goat cheese, and asiago bring the tart notes of the sauvignon blanc to life like a lime playing a kazoo. Grab a grape-blooded partner for a sipping soirée within Z Place's charming pale-yellow and red confines, littered with an abundance of wine bottles, high-top tables, chalkboard signage, and a Persian rug.
For more than 19 years, Spirits of Madeira has been the toast of area wine cellars, filling glasses with savory arrays of wines from all over the globe. Seasoned sippers conduct each 2.5-hour tasting, expanding palates with the careful matchmaking of two red and two white wines accompanied by select cheeses. While paired spouses, friends, and former field-trip-bus buddies compare sauvignon blancs and other wines from various grape-growing regions, the knowledgeable staff will field questions and provide interesting wine tidbits so patrons can impress guests at dinner parties and one-up the food samplers in local grocery stores.
The Cincinnati Film Festival showcases moving pictures from all over the globe from October 8 to October 16. Your all-day pass (a $20 value) gets you access to a full day of screenings and workshops. Start your cineday with the Shorts Block 9, a collection of short films playing at the Esquire Theater, and then hop over to Main St. Cinema to catch "Runaways: Producing In Ohio," as a panel of local industry insiders discuss the past, present, and future of Ohio film production. Locavores can cheer on hometown heroes at the Esquire during 48 Hour Film Project: Take 2, a mash-up of mini-movies produced by Cincinnati filmmakers, before indulging in behind-the-scenes voyeurism with a screening of Saturday Night, a 90-minute Saturday Night Live documentary directed by actor James Franco. The weeklong film fest's Awards Gala will be held on Friday, October 15 at Memorial Hall, where a special award will be presented to musician/TV personality/producer Nick Lachey for his contributions to the local production community. A ticket to the gala (a $25 value) gives formal-loving filmophiles an excuse to break out tuxes and ball gowns, as this gala is black-tie optional with a required tweed-based business-dress minimum. Check the program guide for a complete list of screenings. Organizers recommend you arrive at all events 30 minutes ahead of time to procure the best seats in the house, away from the permanent front-row installations of 10-gallon hats and actual honey-filled beehives.