Saturday, February 11, 2012


It's time to pop some bottles in Over-the-Rhine.

1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab is giving things a test run with some private soft openings this weekend. We stepped in to try a couple wines and peruse their lean but tasty menu.

We both had a lot to celebrate so we started with a flight of their sparkling offerings.

1215 offers up a smart list of flatbreads, a tasty plate of Italian meats, and a cheese plate with several choices to ponder.

We chose the Sarveccio Parmesan, billed the best parmesan in the United States; the Bellavitano Merlot Encrusted, a cheddar-meets-parm milk cow cheese from Wisconsin; and the Pont l'eveque Petit - a soft and pungent cheese from Normandy, France.

We also tried a couple desserts - the Nutella bread pudding, and a creamy chocolate offering dusted with salt. I forgot the name of the latter, but trust me - it's delicious. All menu items are the creation of multimedia cooking darling, Cooking With Caitlin, who popped in for the soft opening.

When you order a flight at 1215, your glasses will be marked to remind you which pour you're tasting.

The crowd at Friday night's soft opening was made of close friends of owners Bob Bonder (Tazza Mia) and Joanna Argus. Familiar faces included Greater Cincinnati Foundation's Kathy Merchant, Eve Center founder Cinny Roy, local venture capitalist Jack Wyant, and Fetish boutique owner Ashley Maguire.

The space features a nicely sized wine bar as well as a few tables for larger groups. 1215 offers a variety of gourmet coffee concoctions; we were so enthralled with the wine that we didn't even consider a cuppa.

We enjoyed a table beside the window - it was a perfect nook for sipping bubbles, watching snowflakes, and savoring a long overdue catch-up.

I can't wait to go back.

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