Best Of 2017



Over-the-Rhine’s The Skeleton Root winery and tasting room pays homage to Cincy’s wine-making past. Before California’s ubiquitous Napa Valley and even before the state in which it resides existed, the Ohio River Valley was our country’s premier wine region. By the numbers, it was the largest grape-growing area in the United States; inside the city limits during Cincinnati’s prime grape-growing era in the 1850s, there were 2,000 acres of vines. Today, there are that many acres of vines spread across the entire state. But Skeleton Root owner and vintner Kate MacDonald is reinvigorating the city’s deep-rooted heritage by highlighting local grapes — the most well-known of which is the catawba — along with regional (and when necessary, continental) grapes. Skeleton Root wines are produced in-house in OTR with minimal intervention, showcasing the terroir of the fruit in bottles of red, white and even rosé wine. The tasting room, with its beautiful illustration of grape harvesters on a Cincinnati hillside, is a perfect backdrop for happy hour and rotating live music, food and yoga events. The Skeleton Root, 38 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine, 513-918-3015,