Events: Cincinnati International Wine Festival

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a charitable, non-profit, fundraising organization established to raise funds and distribute grants in the Greater Cincinnati area for programs in the arts, education and health and human services. This year'

It’s a big drinkin’ week for the 513 with more than several Saint Patrick’s Day events lined up along with the city’s annual celebration of drinking with class, the Cincinnati Wine Festival. This year’s honorary chair is Michael Mondavi, and he’ll be helping the festival celebrate 20 years of winery dinners, grand tastings and charity auctions.

Starting Thursday, various restaurants will be hosting winery dinners, which pair both world-class food and wine, and then restaurants and visiting winemakers. Participating restaurants include favorites like Boca, Daveed’s, Hugo and more. Tickets for dinners range from $125-$150 and some events are already sold out.

The Grand Tastings start Friday at the Duke Energy Convention Center with more than 600 wines from 130 wineries. Friday evening’s tastings run 6:30-9 p.m. with tickets $75 at the door. Saturday has two tastings, with an afternoon event 2:30-4:30 p.m. ($65 at door) and an evening tasting 6:30-9 p.m. ($75 at door). You’ll sample new, rare and exciting wines from around the world and enjoy live music, food and more.

Also on Saturday is the live and silent charity auction at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Hall of Mirrors, which offers up limited-release bottlings, winemaker-signed grand format bottles, rare wines coaxed from the cellars of notable Cincinnatians and more, all to benefit local charities. The reception and auction preview start at 9:30 a.m., the live auction starts at 11 a.m. and a luncheon immediately follows. Tickets are $125.

Get event details and a festival tasting guide here.

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