Wines To Try
Organic, biodynamic, and natural wines are not often labeled as such, so it pays to know that the back label on a bottle can serve as a guide. The following importers are known for picking unique,high-quality wines. In the Cincinnati region, look for Ohio-based WineCRAFT, Vintner Select, and Vanguard. Also national importers including Kermit Lynch, Neal Rosenthal, Robert Kacher, Michael Skurnik, and especially “Terry Theise” selections. Here’s a sampling of wines to purchase at retail and where we found them.
Monte Bernardi Fuori Strada Sangiovese (IT, R) $15 (1L), Dutch’s Larder, 1215 Wine Bar
Domaine de Pajot Quatre Cepages (FR, W) $10, Market Wines
$20 and under
Cirelli La Collina Biologica Trebbiano (IT, W), Dutch’s
Lapierre Raisins Gaulois Gamay (FR, R), Dutch’s, 1215 Wine Bar
H&M Hofer Zweigelt (1L) (AU, R), DEP’s Fine Wine & Spirits
Domaine du Salvard Cheverny (FR, W), DEP’s, Market Wines
Broc Cellars Love White (CA, W), The Party Source
Domaine De Fontsainte (FR, RO), Party Source, DEP’s
Terre Nere Etna Rosso (IT, R), Market Wines
Windgap Trousseau Gris (CA, W), 1215 Wine Bar
$20 to $30
Montenidoli Chianti (IT, R), Dutch’s
Rijckaert Chardonnay (FR, W), DEP’s
Agnes Paquet Cremant de Bourgogne (FR, SP), 1215 Wine Bar
Matthiasson Tendu (1L) (CA, W), 1215, DEP’s
Lieu Dit, Stolpman, Cornelissen, and other producers are available through the concierge service at HartandCru.com. For a special occasion, try Parr Trocken Riesling (CA) or Freedom Hill Pinot Noir (OR), both $38 at Dutch’s.
AU=Austria; CA=California; FR=France; IT=Italy; OR=Oregon. R=Red; W=White; RO=Rose; SP=Sparkling.
Mary is a former restaurant critic and senior contributing editor for Cincinnati Magazine. She was the founding editor for the Cincinnati edition of the Zagat Survey, and her byline also appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, among other publications. She is delighted to return to food writing after a long hiatus with a piece for Edible Ohio Valley.