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#1 Post by AdamK » September 15th, 2013, 1:42 pm

Hey Everyone,

We are hopefully moving to Columbus, Ohio next year. Any recommendations on the best wine shops in town? We primarily buy Pinot and Burgundy.

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#2 Post by Loren Sonkin » September 15th, 2013, 2:10 pm

I like the twisted Vine, but don't get down there that often. You should reach out to Andrew Hall.
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#3 Post by Robert B. » September 15th, 2013, 3:38 pm

Born and raised in Dayton Ohio. I have nothing for you. I hope to see someone respond with something useful. If you are ever in Dayton Ohio, go to the Pine Club restaurant. You will thank me.

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#4 Post by Peter Tryba » September 15th, 2013, 6:34 pm

Good news! You can buy Jeni's ice cream at the source!
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#5 Post by David_T » September 15th, 2013, 7:04 pm

The Andersons on Sawmill Rd has a pretty decent selection but best of luck with Ohio's idiotic state-mandated pricing structure. Nice beer selection there too. For enjoying wine with food given no (legal) BYOB in any restaurant with a liquor license, The Wine Guy has a slightly better than pedestrian wines (though better American selection than imports) and $10 to open anything in the store with dinner. Would love to meet up, I'm in Columbus at least a couple times a year & often get together with Nick, Chris and Andrew. Honestly best bet is probably having things shipped in, legally up to 24 cases a year not that anyone counts. And +1 on Jeni's
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#6 Post by Rick Smith » September 15th, 2013, 7:08 pm

Peter Tryba wrote:Good news! You can buy Jeni's ice cream at the source!
This.

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#7 Post by Chris Presutti » September 15th, 2013, 7:33 pm

Welcome to Columbus, Adam. It's actually not a bad town for the midwest. Excellent restaurants but the lack of BYO hurts. I agree with David. The Anderson's on Sawmill Rd. (Federated Blvd.) is pretty good for both beer and wine. I also like the selection at a few small family owned groceries: Weiland's on Indianola Avenue and Hill's Market on Olentangy River Road. I don't buy much wine locally though due to the state pricing b.s.

As for Jeni's, this weekend I went with the brown butter almond brittle, the toasted coconut, and dark chocolate. flirtysmile

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#8 Post by NickC » September 15th, 2013, 11:36 pm

Welcome to town! It's not a huge city, and troublingly car-dependent, but there's a lot of great stuff going on.

Unfortunately wine pricing and selection is pretty awful. I mostly buy online and ship in.

Gentiles on king ave worth a mention.
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#9 Post by Nola Palomar » September 16th, 2013, 4:13 am

Welcome to the area! I am down in Dayton, but travel up to Columbus fairly often. Speaking of which, I am going to be pouring at the Columbus Food & Wine Affair this coming Friday night, anyone going?

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#10 Post by Dusty Gillson » September 16th, 2013, 6:53 am

Robert B. wrote:Born and raised in Dayton Ohio. I have nothing for you. I hope to see someone respond with something useful. If you are ever in Dayton Ohio, go to the Pine Club restaurant. You will thank me.

Good luck.

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Pine Club has better steaks, but Oakwood Club has a much better atmosphere.

Welcome! I don't know if you are moving around in Ohio or if you are new to the state, but welcome to high wine prices and no BYO (unless its on the DL). It is pretty decent on shipping wine into the state, but some wineries don't participate in all the red tape (like Hartford Court) and refuse to ship to OH.
Nola Palomar wrote:Welcome to the area! I am down in Dayton, but travel up to Columbus fairly often. Speaking of which, I am going to be pouring at the Columbus Food & Wine Affair this coming Friday night, anyone going?

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My wife and I are off work starting this weekend (staycation of sorts), but learned about the Food & Wine Affair too late to make it happen. . . it looks like a pretty cool event, have you been involved before?
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#11 Post by Ken McNamara » September 16th, 2013, 7:43 am

Peter Tryba wrote:Good news! You can buy Jeni's ice cream at the source!
+1. Ironically, our local wineshop was the first place we encountered Jeni's.

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#12 Post by Darren Graves » September 16th, 2013, 8:01 am

You will not need a lot of sunscreen in the winter time, that is for sure.

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#13 Post by J. Singleton » September 16th, 2013, 8:11 am

Rick Smith wrote:
Peter Tryba wrote:Good news! You can buy Jeni's ice cream at the source!
This.
I like that there is even a Jeni's ice cream vending machine at the airport. I'm not a big ice cream fan, but this stuff is life changing.
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#14 Post by Rick Smith » September 16th, 2013, 7:21 pm

J. Singleton wrote:
Rick Smith wrote:
Peter Tryba wrote:Good news! You can buy Jeni's ice cream at the source!
This.
I like that there is even a Jeni's ice cream vending machine at the airport. I'm not a big ice cream fan, but this stuff is life changing.
I found a local source of Salty Caramel. Worth the premium to be able to get it!

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#15 Post by Adam Studebaker » September 17th, 2013, 8:30 am

Adam,

I, too, live in Columbus. While I don't usually frequent the local wine shops there are exceptions. You are not going to find a large selection of French/Italian wines in Columbus. The Anderson's is your best bet, as well as Gentiles.

The Refectory restaurant usually offers some nice tastings and wine dinners. There is a nice little retail store in Westerville, Meza, that I visit. Diverse selection and close to my house. They have tastings on Friday nights and usually have a nice crowd.

I get together with Chris Presutti, who posted above, about once every 2 weeks to drink and eat. Also, I have a wine club, about 25 people, that meets every month. Most of the members purchase their wines directly from mailing lists so there is usually some great wines.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in getting together.

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#16 Post by Jeff Fish » September 17th, 2013, 10:25 am

Peter Tryba wrote:Good news! You can buy Jeni's ice cream at the source!
Welcome to Columbus. First, make sure you do not wear any maize and blue, particularly on Saturdays from September to January. Second, buy at least one OSU Buckeye shirt/sweatshirt hat to wear on those Saturdays.

As for wine shops, the Twisted Vine is owned by friends. Johnna (as do her employees) has a great palate and, though the 3 tier system with mandatory markups is alive and well in Ohio, she can/will work to find what you are looking for. I don't frequent too many other retailers - Anderson's (north) usually has a good selection. I recall The Wine Guy being California-centric, though when he first opened he had some interesting Italian selections. Gentiles reserves most of the good/hard to find items for long time/old time customers. Hills Market used to have a good selection, but I've not been up there in several years. For deals on wine (and liquor), head down to Kentucky to Party Source and DEPs. On the way back you can swing by Jungle Jim's.

BYO is virtually non-existent - those that used to allow it have stopped for fear of losing their license.

No need to buy Jeni's - just go into any of her multiple locations around town and sample :) My kids love it, but at $9.99/pint the fad wore off - they are content with Graeter's [whistle.gif]
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#17 Post by Nola Palomar » September 17th, 2013, 2:36 pm

Dusty Gillson wrote:
Robert B. wrote:Born and raised in Dayton Ohio. I have nothing for you. I hope to see someone respond with something useful. If you are ever in Dayton Ohio, go to the Pine Club restaurant. You will thank me.

Good luck.

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Pine Club has better steaks, but Oakwood Club has a much better atmosphere.
Welcome! I don't know if you are moving around in Ohio or if you are new to the state, but welcome to high wine prices and no BYO (unless its on the DL). It is pretty decent on shipping wine into the state, but some wineries don't participate in all the red tape (like Hartford Court) and refuse to ship to OH.
Nola Palomar wrote:Welcome to the area! I am down in Dayton, but travel up to Columbus fairly often. Speaking of which, I am going to be pouring at the Columbus Food & Wine Affair this coming Friday night, anyone going?
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My wife and I are off work starting this weekend (staycation of sorts), but learned about the Food & Wine Affair too late to make it happen. . . it looks like a pretty cool event, have you been involved before?
We have for a few years I believe.

Re: restaurants in Dayton, Meadow Lark is a very good choice if you make it down here. Yellow Springs is an interesting venue sort of between both cities to visit.
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#18 Post by Richard Shin » September 17th, 2013, 2:59 pm

Don't buy into that Ohio State nonsense! I don't understand rooting for a college team if you did not attend - it's not a pro team!
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#19 Post by Nola Palomar » September 17th, 2013, 3:54 pm

Richard Shin wrote:Don't buy into that Ohio State nonsense! I don't understand rooting for a college team if you did not attend - it's not a pro team!

Ever been to Columbus?? [berserker.gif]
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#20 Post by NickC » September 17th, 2013, 4:22 pm

Richard Shin wrote:Don't buy into that Ohio State nonsense! I don't understand rooting for a college team if you did not attend - it's not a pro team!
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#21 Post by Richard Shin » September 17th, 2013, 4:40 pm

I grew up in Ohio. Spent a lot of time in Columbus and about 1/2 my high school went to Ohio State (the rest seem to have gone to Miami of Ohio). Columbus is a really nice city, but I don't get the Ohio State fixation. I live in NoVA now, but I certainly don't root for Georgetown or JMU or George Mason.

Oh yeah, I did go to University of Michigan, too :P
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#22 Post by AdamK » September 18th, 2013, 4:19 am

Thanks everyone for the replys.

I used to live in Cincinnati (go UC!) and am very much looking forward to moving back.

Does anyone know anything about the Grove City area? I will be working a little south of Columbus and it seems like it might be the best place to live for my commute. We are thinking about living at the Pinacle golf club. The two home builders we are considering are CopperTree homes and CastleStone. Any additional information you have would be awesome!

Thanks again!

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#23 Post by NickC » September 18th, 2013, 6:09 am

AdamK wrote:Thanks everyone for the replys.

I used to live in Cincinnati (go UC!) and am very much looking forward to moving back.

Does anyone know anything about the Grove City area? I will be working a little south of Columbus and it seems like it might be the best place to live for my commute. We are thinking about living at the Pinacle golf club. The two home builders we are considering are CopperTree homes and CastleStone. Any additional information you have would be awesome!

Thanks again!

Adam
a popular suburb (esp for newer families) due to the $/sqft, and short-ish commute to downtown. I don't know a lot about it otherwise, as I grew up on the north side of town. I'm not sure about school quality compared to other suburbs if that's a concern for you (I'm sure you've already researched it thoroughly if it is)
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#24 Post by Adam Studebaker » September 18th, 2013, 7:17 am

Depending on what is most important to you, the majority of shopping, restaurants, wine retail stores, highly rated school districts are located north of I-70.

I live in a northern suburb, Westerville, and it takes me 20 minutes to commute to work downtown. Traffic usually isn't much of an issue in Columbus.

I have some friends that live at Pinnacle, I will reach out to them and get back. Moreover, I have another friend who lives a little south of Grove City but is moving closer to the city, as she feels that she is always driving north to do anything.

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#25 Post by awilliamson4 » September 18th, 2013, 7:28 am

The wine shop at Spaggio in grand view has a new manager with some pretty cool stuff being brought in, but the pricing is the issue.
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#26 Post by Jeff Fish » September 18th, 2013, 7:49 am

Richard Shin wrote:I grew up in Ohio. Spent a lot of time in Columbus and about 1/2 my high school went to Ohio State (the rest seem to have gone to Miami of Ohio). Columbus is a really nice city, but I don't get the Ohio State fixation. I live in NoVA now, but I certainly don't root for Georgetown or JMU or George Mason.

Oh yeah, I did go to University of Michigan, too :P
You have the Redskins, Nationals, etc. to dilute the sports entertainment market. OSU is the only big game in town here (yes, I know, there is also the CBJ). And, as a Michigan grad you're opinion doesn't count. [stirthepothal.gif]

You can pretty much get to downtown Columbus from any suburb in 20-30 minutes in rush hour, accidents and construction notwithstanding.
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#27 Post by Richard Shin » September 18th, 2013, 8:04 am

Isn't Ohio one of the few states that has *two* professional sports teams in two different sports, no less...Browns/Bengals and Indians/Reds, not to mention the Blue Jackets?

Seems to be plenty of pro teams in the state, but I guess if you consider that Ohio State does pay their players like professionals, you could consider them a pro team ;)

For the record, I'm a Cavaliers, Browns and Indians fan, which means pro sports are pretty much dead for me now.

Also, Hampsted Village is a pretty nice neighborhood that is family friendly, as is Britton Farms in Hilliard, which is close to Tuttle Mall...
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#28 Post by Jeff Fish » September 18th, 2013, 10:46 am

Richard Shin wrote:Isn't Ohio one of the few states that has *two* professional sports teams in two different sports, no less...Browns/Bengals and Indians/Reds, not to mention the Blue Jackets?
"Professional" because the players are paid, but not competitive. And I'm a Redskins fan. [wow.gif]
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#29 Post by Richard Shin » September 18th, 2013, 11:32 am

Jeff - I think we might be living in wrong cities!
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#30 Post by Robert B. » September 20th, 2013, 5:23 pm

Richard Shin wrote:Isn't Ohio one of the few states that has *two* professional sports teams in two different sports, no less...Browns/Bengals and Indians/Reds, not to mention the Blue Jackets?

Seems to be plenty of pro teams in the state, but I guess if you consider that Ohio State does pay their players like professionals, you could consider them a pro team ;)

For the record, I'm a Cavaliers, Browns and Indians fan, which means pro sports are pretty much dead for me now.

Also, Hampsted Village is a pretty nice neighborhood that is family friendly, as is Britton Farms in Hilliard, which is close to Tuttle Mall...
I have a great story... I went to a Cincinnati Bengals game when I was in college. We were in the nose bleed section but I was amazed to see several people watching on the old Sony Watchman the Cleveland Browns game that was being played at the exact same time.

Now that is Ohio for you.

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