Relative newcomer to Over-the-Rhine’s Findlay Market scene, Market Wines (market-wines.com) has quickly become a hotspot for knowledgeable wine lovers and neophytes alike. Owner Mike Maxwell moved to Cincinnati in 1997 and worked in the wine business for a while before opening Market Wines in 2008. Maxwell has long been a Findlay Market shopper and wanted to have his own shop. But it was the people around him who planted the seed in his mind for a wine shop at Findlay Market. Since he always worked around wine, the absence of vino at the market had never bothered him. “Of all the time coming down to Findlay Market it never occurred to me (that it needed a wine shop),” he says. “There were a lot of people who said this is something that has been needed for such a long time.”
CityBeat: What was your last great meal and where did you have it?
Mike Maxwell: I would probably say my son’s 10th birthday.
CB: Now that you work at Findlay, do you find yourself frequenting a certain market vendor a lot?
MM: I couldn’t really pick one, but the one that I love that I try not to frequent too much is Dojo Gelato, because I’m trying not to become bigger than a house. Their flavor combinations are evil. Sometimes I’m tempted to take in more than I really need to.
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