Top 5 Tastings

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A little of this, a little of that. Tasting events are an indecisive person’s reprieve from the oh-so-challenging decisions of everyday life. Get a little of everything at these scrumptious samplings.

1. Feb 23: Cincinnati Cyclones Pucks & Pinot
Finally. A date with something for both him and her. Sip and sample Constellation Wines and ritzy Cabot Cheese appetizers while peering down at the Cyclones’ warm-ups from your cushy suite (that’s for her), then head down to the game for high-speed, up-close hockey action (that’s for him). Tickets: $33. Wed 6–7:30 pm. 100 Broadway, downtown, (513) 412-PUCK.

2. Feb 23: David & David Culinary at The Art of Entertaining
Chef David Cook of Daveed’s at 934 concocts culinary creations while a wine representative pairs Cook’s creations (which, at his restaurant, include such delights as Sautéed Veal Sweetbreads and Pan Seared Maple Leaf Farm Duck Breast) with Michael David’s California wines (which include saucily named selections like the 2007 Rapture Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2008 Lust Zinfandel). Two Davids: one delicious night. Admission: $68. Tues 6:30–9 pm. 2019 Madison Rd., O’Bryonville, (513) 871-5170.

3. Feb 24: Cigar Tasting at Jungle Jim’s International Market
While cigars are often saved for celebratory occasions—bachelor parties, baby births, graduations—we think that “Thursday” is reason enough to strike up a stogie. Tap into your inner Robert De Niro for this sophisticated sampling. This week’s theme: Cuban-style Padrón Cigars. Admission: free. $15 to sample three cigars. Thurs 5-8 pm. 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield, (513) 674-6000.

4. Feb 25: Tennessee Whiskey Tasting at The Party Source
According to an Irish Proverb,  “What whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for.” So come and cure your woes (or, at least, make them fuzzier) while sipping slowly on the pride of Tennessee’s distilleries, including tastes from Jack Daniels, George Dickel, and two novel distilleries. Admission: $20. Fri 6:30–8:30 pm. 95 Riviera Dr., Bellevue, (859) 291-4007.

5. Feb 26 & 27: Maple Syrup Tasting at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
Step aside, Aunt Jemima, this sweet treat is Ohio’s real deal. From tree to table, experience the life of maple syrup during Maple Sugar Days. Guided hikes show visitors how maple trees are tapped, and sample foods prepared with maple syrup will be available—including sundaes, maple cotton candy, and maple syrup on waffles—for a small fee. Admission: free. A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10.00 annual; $3.00 daily) is required to enter the park. Sat & Sun noon–5 pm. 3455 Poole Rd., Colerain, (513) 521-7275.

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