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Poolside Wine Academy: Australia and New Zealand Part 1
Youngstown Country Club (Friday June 16 - 7pm)
Five wines with Tapas dinner courses $50
Wine Tasting Only: $25
Would you like to make a dinner reservation for immediately following the event?

Brian Fry, Drinks Columnist for The Youngstown Vindicator and Blogger for Valley Food

President and Founder, Valley Vino Wine Club, whose mission is to bring valley wine and food lovers together at least twice a month at locally owned restaurants and clubs for a great evening of food and wine. Once a month his wine and beer features will appear in The Vindicator. And on vindy.com, you can keep pace with Brian’s tastes and travels 24/7.

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Wine Academy
Enjoy a great night of wine and dinner pairings.
Guests taste five wines with Tapas dinner courses.
A different theme and restaurant every month.
Learn the art of pairing wine and food
Tickets usually $50 per person (may vary)


Wine 101 Tasting Seminar
Taste and learn about the world of wine
Guests taste four wines with a cheese and fruit plate
An in-depth review of a specific region or country
Tickets usually $30 per person (may vary)

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The Valley Vino Club is dedicated to bringing valley wine lovers together for a great evening of wine and food at locally owned restaurants and clubs.

We meet at independently owned and operated restaurants at least twice a month. Check out our event schedule and list of partners and join us soon for a great evening! Join Today >>>

The featured benefits of the club are:

  • Membership's are 100% free to join
  • No monthly minimums or financial commitment
  • Tastings are $20 to taste five wines and what you spend on appetizers and dinner is up to you!
  • Event Descriptions | Click Here

The club was founded on a "try before you buy" philosophy. You can pick your favorites from the events you attend and order them at or near state minimum prices through our partner restaurants.

We also offer services including personalized tastings, weddings or other large functions, corporate events, and restaurant wine consulting services. Contact us today to arrange a meeting and let us plan your event for you or assist you in any way we can.


Join The Club. It's free!

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Vindy.com || Drink Blog

When the heat of summer hits its peak wine lovers usually find refuge in white wine. The lighter flavors and chilled temperature make whites more appealing as the temperature rises. There are some pink and red wines that you might find enjoyable even when summer's heat gets turned up. The Rose' should be source lightly chilled and the Pinot Noir at cellar temperature (55 degrees or so). Here's a look at four summer wines I think you'll enjoy: 2016 Isabel Rose' $16 Blend of 75% Cabernet, 23.5% Barbera and 1.5% Muscat from California. Fresh, aromatic and enticing aromas of strawberry, cranberry and ripe pear. Light in body on the palate and bright acidity on the finish. 2016 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rose' $15 A little more full bodied than the Isabel, but not as fresh or lively as the Isabel. If you like depth and roundness if your wines, than this is the Rose' choice for you. Grapes grown in South Africa's coastal region. 2015 Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir $15 A pinot from the east coast of New Zealand's north island offers vibrancy and depth of character no seen often at this price point. Aromas of fresh raspberry and plum and hint of spice. Flavors of blackberry and licorice with soft tannins. Tremendous value. 2015 Meiomi Pinot Noir $17 100% Pinot Noir blended from three different regions: 49% Monterey County, Santa Barbara County 27%, and Sonoma County 24%. Each region provides a unique characteristic to the wine. Santa Barbara offers layered, spice filled aromas, Sonoma lends bright berry flavors, and Monterey contributes rich texture. Give these pink and red options a try and I think you'll find these wines work, no matter how much summer turns up the heat.

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