What better way to celebrate summer’s nighness than a sun-dappled evening consisting of wine, light bites and a bike tour? On May 20, Portlandia invades Cincinnati when family-owned and sustainability-focused Anne Amie Vineyards hosts a progressive bicycle winemaker dinner featuring five courses paired with the Portland, Ore., vineyard’s wines. Named Fête d’ Été (French for “summer party”), a group of 40 bicyclists will convene and ride approximately 10 miles round trip around the Oakley/Hyde Park area.
They’ll traverse to five restaurants, enjoying light bites and a glass of vino at each haunt: Maribelle’s eat + drink in Oakley; O’Bryonville’s The Art of Entertaining event space and adjacent wine bar Uncorked; Oakley’s newest eatery, the made-from-scratch Red Feather Kitchen; the Rookwood Commons location of Wine Guy Bistro, an extensive wine shop and restaurant; and the boutique wine shop Oakley Wines, located around the corner from Habits Café.
Wines from Anne Amie will include Amrita (white, fruit-forward), Müller-Thurgau (white grape, Riesling-like), pinot gris and some pinot noir — for which Oregon is known. The itinerary and food menus haven’t been announced yet, but will be soon. The only requirement to partake is that you have to bring your own bike and pay an all-inclusive $80 entry fee (which includes a snazzy Fête d’ Été T-shirt). Be sure when you sign up to denote if you need a vegetarian option.
Anne Amie’s winemaker, Thomas Houseman, a former dancer and beer maker who studied oenology (e.g. viticulture and winemaking) in Fresno, Calif., will join fellow oenophiles and cyclists to ride around and talk all things wine. Houseman wanted to bring a taste of the Willamette Valley wine region to The Great Lakes and introduce people to his vineyard’s eclectic varietals. This is Fête d’ Été’s first year in Cincinnati. (During the same week, Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo will also host the event in their cities.) The festivities start at 6 p.m. and end when all the wine is gone. Dress casual, because riding a bike wearing fancy attire is hard.