Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Zinful Tasting Boutique–A Wonderful Addition to Downtown Perrysburg

What happens when the Toledo Wines & Vines publisher is traveling in Spain for a week? It’s a Green Dragon takeover and an article about a great new tasting venue.

By TWAV Tasting Team Member Green Dragon

The house was too quiet. Had my dinner. Walked the dog. Didn’t want to watch TV. Thursday evening. With Dave gone, what could I do on my own? I had been wanting to check out the newest business in downtown Perrysburg, Zinful Tasting Boutique, and this was going to be the night!

It was 7:00 PM when I pulled into a parking spot on Louisiana Avenue and walked into the tastefully decorated front room. The evening was quite gloomy and I thought tonight’s tasting would be lightly attended.  I was pleasantly surprised to find the place was buzzing with activity! I was greeted by Joyce Franzblau, the owner, my coat was hung up for me, and a nice wine glass was put in my hand. Wines from Walter Berman Distributers were being featured tonight and the first one was a lovely New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, “Whitehaven.” I had enjoyed this one before when Zinful was located in Waterville, so I knew I was in for a treat.

As I sipped, I wandered into the well-stocked retail wine area, then chatted with some of the other patrons. I love wine people! Everyone is so friendly and it is really no big deal to go to a tasting by yourself, because everyone talks to you. I wanted to get a feel for the others’ wine experience and there was a vast difference in the responses. Rich and his wife as well as T.J. and Mary consider themselves casual oenophiles. On the other side of the spectrum, there were several wine connoisseurs. Some in the room had taken the Wine 101 class which had been offered here recently and raved about it. It will be offered again (call Zinful for more details at (419) 931-9946).

Three more wines were being offered , all Napa Valley red blends. I asked the customers to vote for their personal favorite, and in a landslide win, the victor was Kuleto India Ink. This is a blend primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah and retails for $22.99. It was divine.

Zinful retail hours are from 12:00 to 9:00 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays and 12:00 to 10:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays. They sell wine, craft beer, cigars, accessories, and local art. The address is 218 Louisiana Avenue in historic Perrysburg, Ohio.

Wine tastings are usually held on Thursdays and beer tastings on Friday, but there is some variance there, I noticed. Tastings begin at 5:00 PM and are $8 with light snacks included.

Looking for a change of pace? Come on out and enjoy a relaxing time in the upholstered furniture or at the communal table and chat with the friendly folks while enjoying the special flavors of the evening.

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