You want to know about all things hedonistic in Dayton, Ohio, you check with Mark Fisher. He writes food stories, reviews restaurants, turns out a wine column and a daily blog called “Uncorked” -- all for The Dayton Daily News.
"There’s a fairly active wine scene here," he says. "It’s not a closed society; we have new faces in it all the time. We have our big wine festival coming up in a couple of weeks."
Fisher has developed a lot of clout for a guy writing from a city of 156,771 in a metropoliltan area of 835,537 in southwestern Ohio. In March, one of his readers visited a wine shop and noticed that different bottles of an inexpensive Italian wine were of distinctively different colors. Suspecting that two batches had been bottled as a single wine, Fisher led his readers in poking fun at the distributor until it removed the bottles from shelves nationwide.
"It was a viral response," he says.
Fisher has won an avid following with his humor, upbeat tone and by engaging his readers in conversations with him and each other. He has taken on on such sensitive topics as a discussion among young men about whether wine is naturally a “girls drink” that needs to be made macho by drinking it among the tailgating beer swillers at Cleveland Browns football games.
Fisher, watching the game, cast an audacious vote for the manliness of wine by sipping a 1975 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. And rooting for the Cincinnati Bengals.
When I started my wine blog in The Herald, Mark was kind enough to welcome me to the world of wine blogging. The two of us have swapped links now, so you can click over to him from my blog at any time. You'll be entertained.