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Wine and Basketball

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Its that time of the year again! The 3rd Annual WineOH Challenge.

Join the MissWineOH crew for a little March Madness.

As usual, the field is open to anyone! Bring your sense of humor and whatever method you choose to pick your teams. I’ve always been partial to a dart and starting 64 taped to the wall, but the man tends to frown on that idea.

In exchange for your excellent bracketology skills – the winner will receive a premium bottle of wine. (red, white or rose – your choice)

And I don’t mean premium the way the “fine wine retailer” on the corner means premium…

I’d never gift you with bad wine!

So join us! It’ll be a ball!

Click the link here: WineOH Challenge
Your password is: cabernet

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A Night at the Races

And the Winner is: @morgan_jody! (that was tough!) Thanks for reading –

and I hope you come out to support this great cause! 

One thing I don’t do enough is volunteer. Way back when MissWineOH was a crazy HR lady, I worked for a company that was all up in the volunteer effort. Building playgrounds, rehabbing gardens, painting houses. We got into it full on, taking an army of employee volunteers and just getting it done for organizations or individuals who needed some assistance. I really enjoyed that aspect of my job, and it prompted me to volunteer for other things in my spare time.

Once I was no longer employed there, my volunteer efforts dropped off, as building a business required more and more of my time. One of my goals this year is to find opportunities to give back to this great Cleveland community that has been so generous to me as I’ve built MissWineOH.

One of the organizations that caught my attention is HandsOn Northeast Ohio. I became aware of this group, which is an agent for community collaborations, organizing volunteers for non-profits and causes that need them. MrWineOH works with a person who is actively involved with HandsOn – and we have decided that this is a group we want to give some time, energy and resources to.

From the HandsOn website:

“We make it simple for volunteers to choose from a variety of projects that connect community needs with their time and interests. Participants are screened and trained to ensure a capable, informed direct service volunteer force, and through this network of individuals, we build the capacity of area nonprofits, schools and municipal agencies.”

HandsOn Northeast Ohio has a fundraiser racing in on Saturday, March 3 at  OLA/St. Joseph Center located in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland at 2436 W.14th Street. This is their 5th anniversary of strengthening our community through citizen-managed volunteerism.

Enjoy an evening out with family, friends and colleagues while betting on video recorded horse races. They will provide dinner, beer, wine, soft drinks and entertainment and you come and gamble for a good cause; to support HandsOn Northeast Ohio’s mission to engage Northeast Ohio individuals and organizations in volunteer opportunities that meet community needs, strengthen community involvement, and build capacity of local non-profit organizations.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

Your ticket gets you dinner, beer, wine, soft drinks and entertainment, and allows you to bet on the evening’s 10 video races.

Ten horses run in each race; you can bet as much as you want on as many horses as you want in as many races as you want.

If you’re trying to rake in even more cash, you can “buy” a horse, and name it. $25 enters your horse in one race; if your horse wins, you take home $50! Horses must be purchased by February 24th  (purchase online). Make sure you give your horse a good name!!

MissWineOH is giving away two tickets to this event.

MrWineOH and I will be attending, and we’ve purchased 2 additional tickets to show our support.

That doesn’t mean you have to sit with us – just that no one gave us the tickets!

To enter to win, leave a comment below naming your favorite wine, and a NEO charity you volunteer for, or would like to. (add their link!)

Random drawing from all entries will be held on Sunday, February 20 – and winner will be notified by email, and announced here.

AND – if you don’t win, please consider purchasing tickets, advertising in their program, or donating to the cause.

We’d love to hang out with some MissWineOH readers and play the ponies.

What’s a Wine Lover to do for Valentine’s Day

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I’m not a fan of going out on Valentine’s Day. Too many people, prices are hiked, and there’s SO MUCH PRESSURE  – I’d rather make a great meal at home and pull out on of those “special occasion” wines – but not everyone loves the kitchen like I do.

So, another way to celebrate is to do something fun around that day – instead of fighting the insanity.

Gone Crazy sign

Pick your favorite restaurant (or one you haven’t tried, but heard great things about!)  – and make a reservation (or just pop in and grab a table in the bar) Order several appetizers to share between the two of you. There are always special menus being created around this time, so don’t be afraid to try something new or unique! Then pick a slightly more expensive bottle of wine than you normally would. You’ll come out in the end spending about what you would for dinner, but you’ve experienced your evening in a tapas and wine fashion. The new experience will light that spark that you can carry into the rest of your evening.

Cheesy Romance Image

We all look like this, right?

Another way to do something different is to call your favorite restaurant and place an order for carry out. Once you’ve set the stage for a romantic evening at home, picking up a great bottle and then your favorite foods from the restaurant, all you have left to do is relax and enjoy the company of your favorite person. (and a little clean up later)

Dinner by the fire

There are always things happening around the city that might entice the wine lover in you.

Here are some wine events happening around Cleveland this week and next!

Winestyles in Fairview Park has their Wine and Chocolates Tasting on February 9 and again on February 11. Reservations are recommended. $10 for 6 wines, but its $5 if you spend $10 while you are there on wine/accessories.

Little Italy Wines will be pouring Italian wines from @TuscanyCLE from 5-9pm on Friday, February 10. $5 for 4 wines.

And the newest wine shop in Cleveland, The Wine Spot, will be having their St. Valentine’s Day Massacre from 4-7pm. With bubbly, wine, seasonal craft beer and fine chocolates from Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates – for $12 per person – and reservations are NOT required there.

If you are up for a bit MORE adventure – take a drive to Lake Erie Wine Country, just north of Erie, PA. From February 17-19, the more than 23 wineries in the area will have their Wine and Chocolate Weekend. Enjoy wine & delicious food samples at each of their 23 wineries for $35 per person. ($20 for DDs) While all wineries will have the chocolates out, many will be serving other savory dishes with their wines.  Tickets include a LEWC wineglass, a gift, a recipe booklet and a $5 voucher good toward wine at any winery or food at designated restaurants. Even if you don’t hit all 23 in the weekend. Even a few will make it worth the trip. More information: Lake Erie Wine Country.

Whatever you decide to do, just put a little thought into what your partner would like.

It works every time.

What do you do (or NOT do) for Valentine’s Day? Leave some ideas in comments!

Wine and Cupcakes!

We’ve partnered with Market Avenue Wine Bar in Ohio City to bring you a unique wine experience. Join us at Market Avenue for a pairing of wines and cupcakes on Thursday, October 13 at 730pm.

A Cookie and a Cupcake will provide us with perfectly paired mini-cupcakes to accompany the tasting of our wines, and yours truly, the Chief Tasting Officer for Miss WineOH will be your host for the evening.

All wines will be available at retail cost following the event for take-home purchases.

Wines to be paired include:
’10 Misfit Wine Company ‘The Golem’ Riesling, Clare Valley, Australia
’10 Louis Laurent Vouvray , Loire France
’09 Charles Smith ‘The Velvet Devil’ Merlot, Washington State
’09 Belle Glos ‘Meiomi’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma/Monterey/Santa Barbara Counties
’05 Norman Vineyards ‘The Vocation’ 50% Syrah 40% Grenache 10% Mourvedre Paso Robles, CA

The price includes all wines and cupcakes, small palate cleansers, taxes and gratuity.
$40 per person.

Register for Wine and Cupcakes in Cleveland, OH  on Eventbrite

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