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A New Chapter: New Location, New Look, New Attitude, New Posts

After over a decade here at, we’re moving. After Labor Day 2015, all new posts – of which there will be many – will be happening over on our Facebook Page: Why? A couple of reasons: Spammers and hackers. I can’t tell you how many times this site has been hacked over the […]

Gone but not forgotten …

I know we’ve been, well, dormant for the last year or so. Life does that occasionally. But we’re going to return with a vengeance soon, with a whole new way of accessing the content. So hang on for another week or two and My Wine Education will be back, educating and learning as we go!

A White Wine (and a Brew) Review

By: Cresta Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc I prefer a Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand (think Kim Crawford, Nobilo, Brancott Estates). But I really enjoyed the Pomelo 2013 California Sauvignon Blanc. Honestly, I was in a hurry the day I bought this, so I really didn’t think much about it. But it turns […]

Tempranillo from Spain

Actea Tempranillo 2012 was in our very last shipment from Vino Volo. Yes, we chose to give up the wine club for several reasons…at least for now. Actea Tempranillo is a Vino Volo private label wine produced by the Jorge Ordonez Winery in Spain. According to Vino Volo, Ordonez imports the largest portfolio of Spanish […]

What I’ve Tried Lately: Nice Red Wines

By: Cresta William Hill Estate Merlot Napa Valley 2009 is a smooth, enjoyable Merlot. This is a full-bodied wine with nice structure and a velvety finish. Tastes of plum and cherry blend well with the smoke and spice flavors of this wine. Now is the time to drink! Average price: $25 Alamos Red Blend 2012, […]

Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic

My life has taken me to yet another state – now I’m in Georgia! – so I’m a bit out of touch with what it available in Cincinnati right now. But Facebook keeps me informed! I just saw something whoosh by in my feed about the Cincinnati Food & Wine Classic. Taking place in Washington […]

Travel Diary: Adventures in Africa

An old friend of mine is on a tour of, well, the world. In the last two weeks, I think he’s been in Istanbul, Zanzibar, and now he’s somewhere in the Serengeti. Curt is a wine connoisseur, so I’ve begged him to send me tasting notes of his adventures whenever he has some time and […]

New Reds: Quick Review

By: Cresta A couple of new reds I’ve tried recently… Robert Reynolds Merlot “Rocky’s Block” Lodi 2007 I tried this wine at a recent event and I was pleasantly surprised. Not outstanding but well above average. It is a subtle, medium-bodied Merlot from the Lodi region in California; slightly oaky with berry and vanilla flavors, […]

2014 Wine Festival Notes

Just finished up my brief trip through the festival and while everything I tried was really nice, there were a few things that I’d like to highlight that were new to me. Note: The local winery row was to the left of the hall as you entered. An the numbers start to the right of […]

24th Annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival

It’s that time once again to celebrate with the International Wine Festival here in Cincinnati. It’s always a sign that warmer days are getting closer and after this winter, that is a really great thing. 14 countries, 143 booths most with 4-10 wine selections, and a selection of small food items has me excited this […]

Last-Minute Valentine Gifts for Your Wine-Lover Lover

By: Cresta Flowers, candy and jewelry are the traditional biggies on Valentine’s Day. But if you want to stray from the norm or just don’t know what to get your sweetie, perhaps these ideas will help. I know I always enjoy getting wine-related gifts, no matter what the occasion. Gadgets You can never have too many […]

Warm Up Your Weekend with These Reds

By: Cresta Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 2011: Great structure. Nice tannins. Medium-bodied wine with rich flavors of dark fruit, including black cherry and blackberry, with subtle hints of vanilla and mocha on the finish. Somewhat bold but smooth. $18-$20. Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin, Vintage 2011: If you want something a little […]

Big Fan of Southern Belle

By: Cresta Hello, Wine Lovers! I am so sorry! I took an unintended and unplanned hiatus. But I hope to be back now on a regular basis. I will start by sharing with you a wine that I recently discovered. Well, I should really give the credit to my husband. One of the owners of […]

Wine-Girl.Net Thanksgivings Through the Years

by Michelle   For several different years, I’ve tried different types of posts at Thanksgiving. This year, I thought I’d pull a retrospective of those posts to help with your Thanksgiving wine shopping: 2011: Wines I’m Serving At Thanksgiving (by Cresta) 2011: Warm Winter Cocktails (by Michelle) 2010: It’s Not Thanksgiving Without the Turkey  (by […]

Quick Review: Red Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon

By: Cresta The 2010 Red Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon from California is an OK wine. It’s one of those wines that didn’t really excite me, but didn’t completely disappoint either. For starters, this vino is much lighter than a classic Cab. Not really robust but not totally flat. Nothing really stood out to me in terms […]

Wine Review: Clos Du Bois Marlstone

By: Cresta I honestly cannot recall where or when we got this 2009 Clos Du Bois Marlstone wine. I did not buy it, so it must have been a gift from someone. Clos Du Bois Marlstone is a red Bordeaux blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. The Marlstone […]

Recently Tasted…

By: Cresta I’ve tried a couple of new wines lately. Both white. Both very good.  I thought I’d better try a couple more whites before Fall settles in. Simply Naked Unoaked Chardonnay, California 2010. This Chardonnay is not oaked- aged, just how I like it. It is instead fermented in stainless steel, which allows the […]

Kinkead Ridge Releases Red Wines, Offers Vineyard Tour

By: Cresta If you are looking for a wine-related something to do this weekend, head to Ripley, Ohio for the Kinkead Ridge red wine release and annual vineyard tour. I am going to make a serious effort to get there, but you know how that goes sometimes. On Saturday, August 31 and Monday, September 2, […]

How Not to Be a Wine Snob

Or, Don’t Hate on the “Cheap, Bad” Wine I read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle today about the rise of Barefoot Cellars. Now, I’ve never discounted Barefoot. Primarily because I love a good mimosa and Barefoot, being not too expensive and in some iterations, not too sweet, is perfect for that. Mimosas every […]

New to the U.S.: Tucumen Wines

By: Cresta I probably shouldn’t write a about a wine that you may not be able to find in area stores, but Tucumen is a new line  from Mendoza, Argentina recently shipped to the U.S. So it’s possible it will be more readily available in the near future. My bottle was from the wine club, […]

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