Welcome to Vino Ventures!

You’re just in time to grab a glass of beautiful rosé Champagne to help us toast the debut of our new wine education blog – Vino Ventures.


We launched Vino Ventures to provide a creative home to share the stories of our passion for wine, our educational events and programs, and an educator’s perspective on notable news and trends from the local wine community and beyond. Whether you’re learning the difference between rosé and white zin or are already well versed in the premier crus of Burgundy, join us as we explore this rich world of wine, the diverse factors that influence every bottle, and our collective experiences that inspire our thirst to keep learning more. We want to use this site to inform and to learn from others who share our passion.

We are  Kathy Merchant and Amy Neyer, Cincinnati wine educators, whose passion for wine led us to the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and the Society of Wine Educators (SWE) for professional credentials. Kathy holds a Diploma level accreditation from the London-based WSET and a Certified Specialist in Wine from the SWE. Amy holds an Advanced Certified designation from the WSET and a Certified Specialist in Wine from the SWE.

We will draw from our experience as wine writers. We are both 2013 attendees of The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers in Napa Valley, California. Kathy has been a contributor to Venue magazine and national food and wine publications. Amy has been a contributor to {513}eats, a local blog dedicated to showcasing the area’s culinary community and the former wine columnist for CityBeat and The Cincinnati Enquirer.

We will also share our endeavors as providers of educational programs and consulting services to individual and  corporate clients who wish to learn and explore wine for personal and/or professional purposes. We are excited to announce our new wine education venture with the American Wine School, based in Cleveland. Serving as the Cincinnati-area educators for the AWS, we will launch the area’s only WSET offering this July at the Metropolitan Club in Covington, Kentucky. More to come in the next few days about this program.

For more information or to register in the interim, contact the American Wine School at www.americanwineschool.com/cincinnati.htm.

In creating this online venue for wine education in the Cincinnati area, we were inspired by Proust who said, “The real voyage lies not in new landscapes but in having new eyes.” It is our hope to use this blog and other social media tools to help our followers see and experience wine in new ways to understand and enjoy their own individual journeys. We hope to use our passion for wine and the lessons we’ve learned on our wine journey to further inspire yours.

We hope you will bookmark our site, follow us on Facebook, offer your thoughts and questions and forward our link to your friends and colleagues.

Join us on our journey!


2 responses to “Welcome to Vino Ventures!

  1. Hi Ladies,
    This fantastic, I am the owner of Everything’s d’Vine at 320 W. Fourth St. My whole concept is based on “we keep it simple”. We have one ” Wine 101″ class with one of our reps it was great. Would love to talk to you about doing doing one in the store. Please let me know how I can reach you by sending your information to http://www.edvinecincy@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you soon.
    Marianne Kiely
    Everything’s d’ Vine


    • Hi Marianne – Thanks for your note and your interest. We’ve read about your store and will reach out to you this week. Cheers!


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