Since 2001, we have struggled to be taken seriously by Ohio restaurants, which were so used to sweet or overpriced Ohio wine. Some of them bring in Ohio wines for "Ohio Wine Month" but ignore Ohio wines the rest of the year. You know who you are. You are the restaurants that do not support estate grown vinifera from Ohio, despite our international recognition and you've ignored my wholesale newsletters for years.
My recent posts have documented that we were recognized as a "rising star" and one of only two Ohio wineries mentioned in the internationally published wine reference book. Opus Viino. I think things are turning around. Chef Julie Frances at Nectar has been on board for years, as has the Dilly Deli.
I have my "honor roll" of Ohio restaurants that have supported us, and we recently added two new restaurants that support local growers: Andouille in New Richmond, and Wildflower in Mason.
In Cincinnati, thanks to Local 127, Lavomatic, Bronte in Joseph Beth Booksellers, The Bistro, La Poste, and formerly, Pigalls.
Thanks to Fire in Cleveland. In Columbus, Dragonfly, Sage American Bistro, Z Cucina di Spirito and soon Deepwood. Maybe Knead? In Dayton, Meadowlark, the Wine Gallery, and formerly, Rue Dumaine. In Bucyrus, Hideaway Country Inn. In Gahanna, Mezzo Italian Kitchen. In Hudson, Wine Bar at Solaire. In Logan, the Inn at Cedar Falls. In Mount Vernon, Vino Where You Live. In Nelsonville, The Rhapsody Restaurant. In New Richmond, the Front Street Cafe. In Powell, Local Roots. In West Union, the Murphin Ridge Inn. In Yellow Springs, the Winds. I hope I didn't miss anyone!
For a full list of our wine store customers around the state, see http://www.kinkeadridge.com/available.pdf.