The holiday season got merrier for Toledo area wine lovers this week as Joyce Franzblau, owner of Zinful Wine Bar, (419) 878-9463, 7541 Dutch Road, Waterville, announced that the wine bar will reopen for the holiday season. Zinful closed back in March, disappointing scores of patrons.
Zinful will be open in December through at least the end of January for wine tastings, wine flights, beer, and cheese, crackers, and light snacks (nuts, meats, chocolates). Nick Kubiak, formerly of Andersons and Veritas, is serving as the wine expert for Zinful during its limited engagement. Nick has extensive wine knowledge and is a well-known wine figure in the Toledo area. Zinful will be offering wine classes during January.
The announcement is welcome news after a string of closures due to the economy. Aficionado Wine and Cigars closed in Perrysburg. The Bistro at Maumee Wines closed (although the wine shop remains open and tastings are periodically scheduled). The closing of Belle Wine and Martini Lounge at Levis Commons was also recently announced.
A special holiday wine tasting is scheduled at Zinful on Wednesday, December 17, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM with Tricia Rasar from Vintner Select. The cost is $20 per person. Featured will be a nice selection of quality Champagnes, Cabernets and Ports:
* Marc Hebrart Brut Rose-Champagne
* Mousse & Fils Brut Noire Reserve-Champagne
* Sean Minor Napa Cabernet Sauvignon-Napa
*Elyse Tietjan Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon-Napa
*Kopke 2007 LBV Port
* Kopke 20 Year Tawny Port
On Thursday, December 18, Maggie Smith of Wine Trends will be the special guest for a tasting of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The tasting will also be from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. For beer lovers, a Maumee Bay Brewery Tap takeover is scheduled on Saturday.
Zinful will be closed on Sundays, but will be open the rest of the week into January (with the exception of Christmas Day and New Years Day). Their Facebook page carries full information on events and hours.
It’s time to visit an old friend for the holidays: Zinful Wine Bar!