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Cincinnati Distilling Wine Dinner

March 8th // 5pm // Millcroft Gallery // $80

Enjoy a carefully crafted prix-fixe menu in the Millcroft Gallery to celebrate International Women’s Day featuring artists Susan Mahan and Donna Talerico, wines from women owned and/or operated wineries, and curated cocktails by Elise Fritts of Cincinnati Distilling. A la carte cocktail hour at 5pm, dinner seating at 6pm.


Course 1 ~ Tinga Spiced Duck Leg with Manchego Cheese & Leek Tarte accompanied by Tapiz Extra Brut Rose of Malbec

Course 2 ~ Lamb Lollipop with Israeli Couscous accompanied by Carol Shelton Coquille Rouge Central Coast

Course 3 ~ Coffee Crusted Filet with King Oyster Mushrooms & Spinache Croquette accompanied by Domain Font Sarade Vacqueyras Les Hauts de la Ponche

Course 4 ~ Trio of Mousse & Hot Chocolate Cookie accompanied by a bespoke Cincinnati Distilling Cocktail


Tapiz— Extra Brut Malbec Rose N.V.

100% Malbec from Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina

  • Bright pink color. Delicate and intense aromas of red fruits, cherry and strawberry stand out. Persistent and small bubbles. In mouth is fresh and fruity. Excellent balance acidity-sugar.

  • Raspberry, citrus (especially lime) 

  • Dry & fruit forward

  • Pairs well with poultry, spicy food, and mature & hard cheeses

Carol Shelton— Coquille Rouge Central Coast (2020)

34% Mourvedre, 20% Carignane, 20% Petite Sirah, 13% Grenache Noir, 13% Alicante Bouschet from Central Coast, CA

  • Nose shows delightful strawberry and black cherry fruit, a bit of savory leather notes and sweet vanilla oak. Lively in mouth but super smooth and creamy

  • Blue & black fruit notes, pomegranate on the nose, slight smokiness, hint of black pepper on the finish

  • Pairs well with proteins specifically beef, veal, and lamb

Domain Font Sarade— Vacqueyras Les Hauts de la Ponche (2020)

50% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah from Rhône Valley, France

  • Dark fruit, anise, cinnamon, and leather on the nose. Medium body, sharp tannins 

  • Notes of blackberry and plum, underlying cocoa and vanilla with slight earthy spice

  • Pairs well with lamb, game, mushrooms, chocolate


Susan Mahan


My mixed media work is inspired by my love of color and pattern. Photos and random bits of found paper enhance my work in unexpected ways. The closer you get to one of my mixed media paintings, the more detail you see in the photos used. The use of paint ranges from loose washes and glazes to very detailed brush work. Paint is applied both over and under the paper. The final layer is added with the use of a sewing machine to give the piece some definition and texture.

Donna Talerico 


Donna Talerico’s story as a painter started nearly 40 years before she was born. Her maternal grandmother, Hélèna Daming, came from Luxembourg to Matewan, W. Va., a 1919 war bride. By 1983, Donna’s career was solid enough to fulfill her dream of seeing Hélèna’s world. Donna loved Europe at first sight, and before long her passion was focused on France. Many trips followed, Donna learned French and went whenever she could carve out even a few days from work.

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