join the holly hill inn's wine guild!

Joining the Holly Hill Inn Wine Guild is free! For information, a reservation or to sign up for Barreling Along, our Holly Hill Inn Wine Guild newsletter, please click here to e-mail guild director Steve Mancuso.

A Wine Guild Season Pass guarantees admission to the monthly Member Tastings and costs $420. The Season Pass works out to $35 per tasting. Month-to-month admission in 2018, when available, will be $40 per person. Membership also includes a 50 percent discount on a bottle of wine from the award-winning Holly Hill Inn Wine List, to be used during 2018.

If you don’t use all of the 2018 tasting fees during the year, the balance will be refunded as a gift card for use at any Ouita Michel restaurant. Wine Guild Season Passes will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To join, call the Holly Hill Inn office at (859) 846-4732. Please contact Wine Guild director Steve Mancuso at if you have any questions.

The Wine Guild's 2018 Members Tastings

The Wine Guild is fun, accessible, flexible — and free to join! Among the many benefits to being a Wine Guild member, periodically you will receive Barreling Along, our e-newsletter about Wine Guild events and interesting wine-related news. We’ve planned exciting one-time and recurring events of special interest to guild members, their families and friends. To join, click here, and e-mail your name and desired e-mail address to us.

Here is the schedule of our tastings for 2018:  

Tuscany’s Venerable Hill Villages
January 18-19

Original Zin: Pioneers of an American Grape
February 22-23
The Unmatched White Wines of the Loire Valley
March 15-16
West Side Story: Paso Robles Rumble
April 4-5

Supple in Seattle: Washington State Wines
May 2-3
The Steeply Underappreciated Wines of Portugal
June 7-8
Bottle Rockets: Sparkling Wines of the World
July 19-20 (rescheduled for Aug. 3)

All-American Pinot Noir
August 9-10
The Other Red Wines of Spain
September 13-14

Octoberwein: The Wines of Germany
October 3-4
Australia’s Superstar Grape: Shiraz
November 8-9

Flor It: Sherry From Fino to Pedro Ximenéz
December 5-6
The tasting fee is $40 per person and includes samples of six wines, cheese and crackers, tax and gratuity. Two seatings are offered each evening at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required and should be made with Steve Mancuso by email,

The Holly Hill Inn has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 2002.

The Holly Hill Inn's wine list features selections chosen carefully by owner Chris Michel. Chris is dedicated to finding the best and most interesting wines from the United States and abroad to pair with wife Ouita's cuisine. A popular feature is Chris' Wine Flight, which pairs three unique wines with three courses on the menu for one special price. Ask our staff to suggest wines by the glass or by the bottle that will complement your dining experience.