Whether you’re an established wine lover or just starting to build up your knowledge of wines — bookmark this article to always have a place on hand around Dayton to pop into for a wine tasting … or multiple tastings.
Arrow Wine & Spirits, 615 Lyons Road, Centerville and 2950 Far Hills Ave., Kettering
Wine tastings are held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at both locations and again from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Centerville location, said Jason Bush, a wine buyer at Arrow Wine.
The business features seven wines per tasting — four red, two white and something sweet.
“It’s usually a mix of high priced, lower end, bargains and something eclectic,” Bush said.
The cost ranges from $1 to $6 per tasting, depending on the quality of bottle. Go in for a flight and save a couple bucks.
Bush said winter tastings tend to include more ports and rich wines.
“It is a fun time; a lot of people show up,” Bush said. “Sunday just recently started, but it’s building up.”
Bruning’s Wine Cellar, 2476 Commons Blvd., Beavercreek
Tastings are held from 5 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday and from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the wine cellar. The tastings are accompanied by live music Fridays and Saturdays, said owner Mike Yegerlehner.
All flights of wine are $20 and under, Yegerlehner said.
He said the Friday tastings offer value-priced wines for a “happy hour atmosphere.”
Dorothy Lane Market, 2710 Far Hills Ave., Dayton
Three locations of Dorothy Lane Market hold wine tastings several days a week. From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, the Oakwood market offers a lineup of six lower-end wines, said Jim Ervin, assistant manager of beer and wine.
Ervin said higher-caliber wines are poured from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday in Oakwood.
“We vary the countries of origin, price points and variety,” Ervin said.
Wine tastings are held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Washington Square; and from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in Springboro.
The Kroger Company locations
Over 20 Kroger locations in Greater Dayton have weekly wine tastings, including Huber Heights, Kettering, Centerville and Englewood. The company suggests calling ahead or checking with the wine steward at your local store for up-to-date information.
The Kroger store at Austin Landing, 10101 Landing Way, Miamisburg, hosts a “Friday Night Out” from 4 to 8 p.m. featuring six wines and light bites.
Rumbleseat Wine, 5853 Far Hills Ave., Dayton
Owner Chris Holloway says wine tastings are available anytime the business is open, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. He said 10-15 different wines are featured weekly. You can get a 3-ounce taste or 6-ounce glass of the featured wines.
Rumbleseat also offers a wine tasting just for women starting at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. On Friday nights, there’s live music.
Holloway said their focus is not to be a bar but to teach people about wines.
“We try to take the pretension out of wine; for us it’s all about the learning process,” Holloway said.
Splash! Tasting Room at Ray’s Wine Spirits Grill, 8268 N. Main St., Clayton
“Splashtastings” are held twice a week, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Belinda Yingst, co-owner, said the Wednesday tasting gives customers a choice between a dry flight of four wines or sweet flight of another four wines. On Saturdays, a dry flight features five wines.
Yingst said prices range from $8-$12 for a flight, and the company posts a monthly schedule of wine tastings online.
The Wine Gallery, 5 W. Monument Ave., Dayton
Tastings are held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday here, said owner Brian Linnean.
Prices range but average $10-$13 for a flight of five wines. Linnean said the list of featured wines is posted online about three days in advance.
Winans Chocolates & Coffees, 2806 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton
Tastings are available daily at the Dayton Mall, Beavercreek and Maineville locations.
“We try to choose wines not in the big-box stores; wines you can’t get at Kroger,” said owner Ben Czajka.
A selection of four wines paired with four chocolates are switched out every Friday. The price ranges from $20-$25 to try it all.
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