I’ve had wine on my mind this week, and with good reason. Whether you’re a budding wine enthusiast who can’t get enough grape education, or someone who simply wants to enjoy a few unpretentious sips, I’ve got events right up your alley this weekend.
If you’re the sipping kind of wine drinker, get to the North Market for the annual Food & Ohio Wine Festival. More than 20 wineries from around the state will be pouring 2-ounce samples alongside chef demos and live tunes. A preview party tonight starts at 7 p.m. with live music by Blues Hippy. Tickets are $25 and include a souvenir glass, 20 tasting tickets (good all weekend) and a $5 North Market gift certificate. Saturday and Sunday tickets are $15, also includes a souvenir glass, gift certificate and 10 tasting tickets. Check it out Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., or Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
Want to test your knowledge of the fermented grape? Head to Gateway Film Center for a screening of “Somm,” a documentary about the grueling and secretive path to becoming a master sommelier. It’s a title fewer than 200 people have earned. It’s no surprise Columbus claims one of them. So, before you go, check out our feature on master sommelier Matt Citriglia, director of education at Vintage Wine Distributor, as well as other wine pros around town, here. “Somm” runs select days July 13 through 18, but if you can, get over there on Monday for a 7:30 p.m. wine tasting before the 9:15 p.m. showing.
For more foodie films showing this weekend, go here.
Finally, I got a peek at the menu for the Sept. 19 Cena di Vino event preview to the Food and Wine Affair on Sept. 20 at Franklin Park Conservatory. The menu was created by chef Dean James Max, the Florida-based chef behind Latitude 41, who was in town this week sharing the local inspiration for this five-course dinner. I’ll have more on our conversation about the dinner and changes at Latitude 41 on the blog early next week.