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Thursday, July 24, 2014

SE Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail To Host Wine Days of Summer August 9 - 10

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The Pioneer Wine Trail of Southeast Michigan will host the Wine Days of Summer Saturday and Sunday, August 9-10. The Wine Days of Summer Party is a self-driving tour of the wineries of the Pioneer Wine Trail featuring a wine pairing with food prepared by a local chef or restaurant.  

The wineries and pairings for this event are:

  * Burgdorf's Winery (Haslett) -Lemon Zest Cheesecake with 2013 Vidal Blanc

  * Chateau Aeronautique Winery (Jackson) - Lamb Kofta Kebob w/Mint Chutney & Cucumber Yogurt Sauce on Pita with 2013 Syrah or 2013 Naked Chardonnay

  * Cherry Creek Cellars Old Schoolhouse Winery (Brooklyn) - Smoked Chicken Leg Quarter w/Corn & Black Bean Salsa with "La Mia Familigia"

  * Flying Otter Winery (Adrian) - Loaded Baked Potato Salad with "Sexy Devil"

  * J. Trees Cellars (Tecumseh) - Applewood Smoked Ribs with House White

  * Lone Oak Vineyard Estate (Grass Lake) - Tropical Chicken Salad on Croissant with Riesling

  * Pentamere Winery (Tecumseh) - Waldorf Salad garnished w/Granny Smith Apple & Asian Pear Coulis with "Celebration White"

  * Sandhill Crane Vineyards (Jackson) - Mixed Greens w/Curried Chicken & Fresh Summer Fruits with Traminette 

Tickets for this self-driven tour with eight delicious food and wine pairings are $30 per person. Designated drivers eat for free.

Each winery along the trail will feature a dish prepared by a local chef and paired with their featured wine. The price also includes one tasting glass. A recipe card with the featured recipe will be given out to ticket holders at each winery. Tickets are available through pioneerwinetrail.com

Ticket holders are welcome to visit each location over the two-day event, or they may choose to limit their visits (as time permits). Hours of the event are Saturday, August 9, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday, August 10, from noon to 6:00 PM. There are a limited number of tickets available.

Ticket sales will end on Wednesday, August 6, at midnight (or when sold out).  Tickets will not be available the day of the event. There are no physical tickets mailed for this event. Once purchased, your name is added to a registration list that will be at each winery. Be sure to bring your ID.   

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Toledo area Wine Events & Tastings: July 23-26, 2014

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Randall Grahm, head of Bonny Doon Vineyard wine company of California, at a tasting of his products at a wine shop in New Orleans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Wednesday, July 23
The Andersons, Sylvania, 6– 8 PM.  Rose Can You See – Beautiful Dry Rose Wines: 1. Chateau Roubine Rose, 2. Coppola Sofia Rose, 3. Celani Cabernet Rose, 4. Miraval Rose. Nominal fee per sample or $8 for flight.
 
Thursday, July 24
Andersons, Maumee, Wine Tasting. 5-7 PM. Summer Style... 1. 2012 Le Hameau – Sauvignon Blanc – France, 2. 2013 Terra d’ Oro – Chenin Blanc/Viognier – California, 3. 2009 Deep Sea – Red Blend – California, 4. 2012 Carmim Reguengos – Portugal. Nominal fee per sample or $5 for flight.
 
Andersons, Talmadge Road, Wine Tasting. 6-8 PM. Special guest, Ester Garrett, from the Valley Vineyards. 1. Valley Vineyards Champagne, 2. Valley Vineyards White Reflection, 3. Valley Vineyards Red Reflection, 4. Valley Vineyards Cabernet Franc, 5. Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, 6. Valley Vineyard Honey Mead, 7. Valley Vineyard Blackberry. Nominal fee per sample.
 
Corks Wine and Liquor, Promenade Plaza, 27250 Crossroads Pkwy., Rossford – (419) 872-6800. Wine Tasting. 6 – 9 PM. 1. Recuerdo Torrontes Hayes Chardonnay, 2. Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc, 3. Recuerdo Malbec, 4.  Hayes Cabernet Sauvignon.
 
WineTastings-1_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thNoir Fine Wine and Beer, 1616 East Wooster, Bowling Green, 6-9 PM. Fight Club: One of the best ways to learn about wine is by comparing and contrasting regions, winemaking styles, and grapes. Show up tonight for a front-row seat and watch some surprise contenders duke it out. Nominal fee per sample or priced per flight.
 
TREO Wine Bar, 5703 Main St., Sylvania, (419) 882-2266. Wine & Cheese Thursday. Explore the wonderful world of wine and cheese. Try four different wines with a sample platter of the day’s cheese.
 
Friday, July 25
Walt Churchill's Market, 26625 Dixie Hwy, Perrysburg, (419) 872-6900. Wine tasting. 4:00 – 7:00 PM.
 
Toledo Museum of Art, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Wien by the Glass Pavilion. Princess Peach’s Picks: Fruity & Full-Bodied. Enjoy four wines and light snacks at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Purchase during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.
 
Saturday, July 26
Walt Churchill’s Market, 3320 Briarfield. Maumee, (419) 794-4000. 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Bonny Doon Vineyards: Producer Profile. Winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon vineyards is one of the most important in California. After building one of the world's largest wine companies, he sold it all to focus on terroir-based wines and extremes of organic/biodynamic farming. His wines have never been better and more interesting.
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Up & Coming
Stella’s Restaurant, 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg, (419) 873-8360. July 27 – reception at 5:00 PM and dinner at 6:00 PM. Grapes & Grain Dinner: Exploring the Diversity of Wine & Beer Pairings. $65 per person. Call for reservations.

Walt Churchill’s Market, 3320 Briarfield. Maumee, (419) 794-4000. July 30, 6:00 PM. An Evening with Master Sommelier Matt Citriglia and the New Dry Wines of Germany. $45 per person (advanced payment required). Limited seating. Contact Austin Beeman in store.

AREA WINE BARS
  • Tres Belle Wine and Martini Lounge, (419) 874-4555, 3145 Hollister Lane, Perrysburg (Levis Commons).
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Parducci 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County

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This is a wine that scores high on the flavor charts and the viticulture behind it has earned top environmental honors. Parducci earned the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership award in 2007 and 2009. The winery employs a “manager of edible ecosystems” to feed their more than 60 employees in Mendocino County.

All that wouldn’t matter if the wine didn’t taste good. Happily, it does.

The Parducci 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is a small batch wine with only 520 cases produced. The flavors are nicely integrated with notes of grapefruit and starfruit. The wine has a somewhat creamy texture balanced with acidity. The acidity does not overpower.

This is a wine that would work well with curried chicken, salad or vegetable dishes. It’s also a good pick to take the edge off a hot summer day. The cost was a cool $15 online, so the price is “no sweat” as well.

Rating: 2.5 of 5  Value: 3 of 5

Monday, July 21, 2014

Paso Robles Cab Collective: A Passion For Wine -- Part 2

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A highlight of our Wine Bloggers Conference pre-conference excursion to Paso Robles was an evening with the Paso Robles Cab Collective hosted by Daou Vineyards and Winery. Now know as Daou Mountain, it is the site of the former Hoffman Mountain Ranch, widely considered to be the birthplace of modern winemaking in Paso Robles. It’s natural beauty is breathtaking.

Paso Robles is the largest and most diverse wine region in California. The wines display intense varietal character due in part to the large swing between warm days and cool nights. With a longer growing season, Paso Robles wine grapes have more hang time. These growing conditions allow later ripening varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre to reach full maturity.

WBC14 025There are more than 40 varieties of grapes grown in Paso, but the most widely planted red is Cabernet with plantings in 39% of the vineyards. The Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective is a grass-roots group aiming to promote Paso Robles age-worthy, balanced and classic Cabernet and red Bordeaux varieties to consumers and media.

There are 28 members of the CAB Collective and 17 were pouring wine for our crew of about 40 wine bloggers. The all-star lineup included Adelaida Cellars, Ancient Peaks, Bon Niche Cellars, Calcareous Vineyard, Cass Vineyard & Winery, Chateau Margene, Daou Vineyards & Winery, HammerSky, Hunt Cellars, J. Lohr Vineyards, Jada Vineyard & Winery, Justin, Le Vigne, Parrish Family Vineyard, Red Soles Winery, Sextant Wines and Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery.

WBC14 023The diurnal temperature swing was in full evidence at the tasting, as a chilly wind began to blow. The tables were arrayed outside, affording a sweeping view of golden hills. To take in this view while sipping some of the world’s premier Cabernet – well, it is a majestic experience.

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Within the last several months leading up to the wine bloggers conference, I have had several chances to taste Paso Robles Cabs. Cabernets by Justin, Eberle and J. Lohr impressed me with the rich, full flavors and value in comparison with Napa. The CAB Collective tasting was a chance to fully explore the Paso Cab experience and it was indeed a full-on collage of masterful winemaking.

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There were many impressive bottles and here are some highlights:

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Villa San-Juliette 2010 Romantique – A red blend of Malbec, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Elegant with raspberry and mocha.

Ancient Peaks 2010 Oyster Ridge – Their best wine, a blend of Cab, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Sirah. An impressive wine from what I had considered to be a value producer.

Parrish Family 2009 Silken – 66% Cabernet, 30% Petite Sirah and 4% Petit Verdot. Blackberry and creamy vanilla. Soft tannins.

HammerSky 2010 Party of Four – The “party” grapes are Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet. Deep rich with black fruit and leather.

Cass 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – I enjoyed a glass of this with the delicious short rib entrée from Daou. A knockout of a wine with 76% Cabernet, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Concentrated cherry flavors with a pleasant acidity and taut tannins. A world-class Cab!

My conclusion for the evening was simple: Everyone should be drinking Paso Robles wines right now – the passion and creativity shows with each glass. Cabernet and Bordeaux blends are Paso Robles strengths and each bottle will be a delight for you to discover.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Paso Robles Wine Region: A Passion For Wine – Part 1

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Paso Robles, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles in California’s famed Central Coast, offers panoramic views of rolling hills kissed by sunshine and more than 32,000 acres of vineyards. The scenery and the wine is breathtaking. We were fortunate to participate in a pre-conference excursion to Paso Robles during the recent Wine Bloggers Conference held in Santa Barbara County.

After a bleary eyed ride to the Detroit airport at 4:30 AM, I jetted across the continent to San Jose and hooked up with about 40 fellow bloggers for our bus excursion, coordinated by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. Although I have tasted many Paso wines, this was my first visit to the area. I was anxious to arrive at our first stop: Niner Wine Estates.

At Niner (which produces their fantastic Bootjack Vineyard Cabernet), we had a presentation on the wine and terroir of the Paso Robles. The “rock star” panel included Neils Uden of Castoro Cellars, Patrick Muran of Niner Wine Estates, Augie Hug of Hug Cellars, Stephanie Terrizzi of Giornata, Gary Eberle of Eberle Winery and Jason Diefenderfer of Hope Family Wines.

Paso Robles is unique in that Rhone, Bordeaux, Spanish and Italian grape varieties flourish here. Zinfandel is a “heritage” grape, first being planted in the 1880s. As Jason said, it is the sun, sea and soil that make Paso Robles so special. It is California’s largest and most diverse AVA.

A particular treat was hearing Gary Eberle speak. A true Paso pioneer, he started in the area when there were just three wineries and helped create the AVA in 1983. Not only does he turn out fine wine, like his Eberle 2011 Estate Cabernet, but he played football for Joe Paterno too.

Joining the Eberle Cab as favorites from this stop were the 2013 Balena White Blend, Whale Rock Estate and the Hug Cellars 2011 El Magnifico Zinfandel. The Balena is a blend of Pinot Grigio, Grenache Blanc and Falanghia with a floral touch that shows the versatility of Paso winemaking. The El Magnifico is a small lot masterpiece with tart raspberry and white pepper accents.

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Our next “snapshot” of Paso Robles was focused on Rhone varieties and was hosted by Tablas Creek Vineyard. Tablas Creek has one foot in Paso Robles and the other in France. A friendship between Tablas founder Robert Haas and the Perrin Family of Chateau de Beaucastel resulted in a partnership and the importing of Rhone vines. The winery is at the forefront of the Rhone Ranger movement that is popularizing these grapes in the US.

After a tour of the grounds and an orientation by general manager Jeff Haas, we enjoyed a tasting of wines from Calcareous Vineyard, Caliza Winery, Ecluse Wines and Tablas Creek. White blends featured primarily Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. On the red side, blends highlighted Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. What a flavorful symphony of grapes!

Favorites here included the Calcareous Vineyard 2011 Tres Violet, a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah, and the Ecluse 2010 Lock Vineyard Syrah, a smoky, rich gem.

WBC 14 Phone Plus 013As you’ll note, this is part one of our report on Paso Robles. There is so much to cover in this magical wine region, it can’t all fit in one article. Our next installment will begin with our next stop, a true “mountain top” experience with the Paso Robles Cab Collective. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Walt Churchill’s Market Schedules Evening with Master Sommelier Matt Citriglia

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Vineyards at the bend of river Rhine, west of Rüdesheim in Rheingau, Germany. Vineyard sites Berg Schlossberg at lower left, and Berg Roseneck at top right, with the white letters "Rüdesheimer Roseneck". The castle Ehrenfels ruin, just beyond the bend, is also visible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Walt Churchill’s Market, 3320 Briarfield. Maumee, (419) 794-4000. Has scheduled “An Evening with Master Sommelier Matt Citriglia and the New Dry Wines of Germany” at 6:00 PM Wednesday July 30. The cost is $45 per person.

Matt Citriglia at WCM Maumee

Matt Citriglia is one of only 211 Master Sommeliers in the world and helped create the new 'Certified Sommelier Exam. It is a great honor to welcome someone with his knowledge and expertise.

German wine today is undergoing an incredible transformation into a dry wine culture with bone-dry Rieslings, beautiful Pinot Noirs, Blancs, Gris, and stunning sparkling wine.

Matt Citriglia will guide participants through the leading-edge of German wine culture in this exciting seminar and wine tasting.  Six wines will be featured, many of which have never appeared in Northwest Ohio.

    • Schafer-Frohlich Blanc de Noir
    • Wirsching OV Iphofer Sylvaner
    • Rebholz GG Im Sonnenschein Pinot Blanc
    • Pfeffingen GG Weilberg
    • Rebholz GG Im Sonnenschein Riesling
    • Becker Pinot Noir "B" Estate

Contact Austin Beeman in store or at 419.794.4000 or Austin.beeman@waltchurchillsmarket.com

The event is limited to 20 people. Reservations must be prepaid.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Toledo Area Wine Events & Tastings: July 16-19, 2014

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Assortment of wine from Domaine Chandon in Yarra Australia showing their sparkling Chardonnay and Pinot noir wine as well as a still pinot noir. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wednesday, July 16
The Andersons, Sylvania, 6– 8 PM.  Rose Can You See – Beautiful Dry Rose Wines: 1. Chateau Roubine Rose, 2. Coppola Sofia Rose, 3. Celani Cabernet Rose, 4. Miraval Rose. Nominal fee per sample or $8 for flight.
 
Thursday, July 17
Andersons, Maumee, Wine Tasting. 5-7 PM. Summer Style... 1. 2012 Le Hameau – Sauvignon Blanc – France, 2. 2013 Terra d’ Oro – Chenin Blanc/Viognier – California, 3. 2009 Deep Sea – Red Blend – California, 4. 2012 Carmim Reguengos – Portugal. Nominal fee per sample or $5 for flight.
 
Andersons, Talmadge Road, Wine Tasting. 6-8 PM. New Zealand and Australia: 1. Tora Bay Sauvignon Blanc – Martinsborough, NZ, 2. Starborough Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough, NZ, 3. Yalumba Viognier – South Australia, 4. Kilda Chardonnay – South Eastern Australia, 5. Kim Crawford Pinot Noir – South Island, NZ, 6. Over The Edge Pinot Noir – Martinborough, NZ, 7. Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz – Clare Valley, Australia, 8. Pepperjack Red – Barossa, Australia. Nominal fee per sample.
 
Corks Wine and Liquor, Promenade Plaza, 27250 Crossroads Pkwy., Rossford – (419) 872-6800. Wine Tasting. 6 – 9 PM.
 
WineTastings-1_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thNoir Fine Wine and Beer, 1616 East Wooster, Bowling Green, 6-9 PM. Return to Oz: Australian wine has been on quite the rollercoaster ride ever since it's heyday in the early 2000’s. Exports from the country have dropped as of late, though imports of their "high-quality" wine (over $7.50 per liter) have increased. Well, where does this leave us? With an awesome Aussie lineup of the good stuff! And worry not...Fairuza Balk is not invited. Nominal fee per sample or priced per flight.
 
TREO Wine Bar, 5703 Main St., Sylvania, (419) 882-2266. Wine & Cheese Thursday. Explore the wonderful world of wine and cheese. Try four different wines with a sample platter of the day’s cheese.
 
Friday, July 18
Walt Churchill's Market, 26625 Dixie Hwy, Perrysburg, (419) 872-6900. Wine tasting. 4:00 – 7:00 PM.
 
Saturday, July 19
Walt Churchill’s Market, 3320 Briarfield. Maumee, (419) 794-4000. 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Superstars in the Shadows: To pick a great wine from a famous wine region is easy. Just the chase the ones with the highest prices. It is more exciting – and easier on the wallet - to seek out the wines that don't hog the spotlight. There are spectacular wines hiding in unknown regions, made from unhip grapes, and crafted by unassuming winemakers. This week we are featuring wines that are some of the world's absolute greatest, but are still relative unknowns. Nominal fee per sample.
 
Up & Coming

Stella’s Restaurant, 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg, (419) 873-8360. July 27 – reception at 5:00 PM and dinner at 6:00 PM. Grapes & Grain Dinner: Exploring the Diversity of Wine & Beer Pairings. $65 per person. Call for reservations.

Walt Churchill’s Market, 3320 Briarfield. Maumee, (419) 794-4000. July 30, 6:00 PM. An Evening with Master Sommelier Matt Citriglia and the New Dry Wines of Germany. $45 per person (advanced payment required). Limited seating. Contact Austin Beeman in store.

AREA WINE BARS

  • Tres Belle Wine and Martini Lounge, (419) 874-4555, 3145 Hollister Lane, Perrysburg (Levis Commons).
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Claiborne & Churchill 2012 Pinot Blanc, Central Coast

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Pinot Blanc, they call you a mutant. However, like the X-Men, you are a force for good in the world – and a source of exceptionally tasty summer wine.

Pinot Blanc seems to be a mutation of Pinot Gris, which itself is a mutation of Pinot Noir. Sadly, in many wine shops, you may draw a blank if you go in and ask for Pinot Blanc.

That’s too bad, because this Alsatian-style wine is wonderful. We enjoyed it with a shrimp barbecue on the patio during a sunny Fourth of July.

Claiborne & Churchill has carved out a niche as a producer of fine dry Alsatian-style white wines. It’s a small family-owned winery in San Luis Obispo that produces about 10,000 cases a year.

The C&C Pinot Blanc has refreshing acidity, with subdued flavors of pear and citrus. The body is light to medium. The wine is barrel fermented and so it takes on some additional depth from the mellow tannins.

This wine was so enjoyable that our friend John took the empty bottle to ensure that he was able to buy the same satisfying stuff. It’s recommended for ABC people, those who prefer Anything But Chardonnay. We bought it online for $25 and got what I consider to be a rewarding value.

Rating: 3.5 of 5  Value: 3 of 5

Monday, July 14, 2014

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival Celebrates 20th Year August 1-2

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The first of its kind Ohio wine and food event will celebrate its 20th anniversary this August 1-2 in beautiful Lake County. Colorful tents, rolling hills, picnic tables, and groves of tall oaks provide a tranquil setting for the festivities. Vintage Ohio is the most acclaimed summer wine and food festival between the Appalachians and Rockies and is the model for dozens of similar events in Ohio and in a several other states.  

This year, 16 wineries will be on hand to 'take the mystery out of wine appreciation - and celebrate the unprecedented growth of the grape and wine industry in the Buckeye State.

Sophisticated, world-class wines like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc or Riesling will interest connoisseurs. Fun-to-drink fruit wines made from fresh strawberries, blackberries, peaches and raspberries will appeal to those new to the wine experience. Whether one enjoys red, white, blush, dry, sweet or something in-between, there will be an opportunity to find a favorite 'Vintage Experience.' Attendees may also learn more about wine at the wine education demonstrations presented by the American Wine Society. Those 21+ may purchase wine to go at the "Wine Store" to take home the Vintage Ohio experience.

Some of the area's best musicians will be performing continuously on three stages. So whether one enjoys the smoothness of jazz, delights in the nostalgia of oldies, or prefers more upbeat rhythms, they will find something that suits their fancy at Vintage Ohio.

Pairings Ohio's Wine & Culinary Experience tent will host cooking demonstrations by some of the area's top chefs. At Vintage Ohio, Cleveland's hottest food trucks, restaurants and caterers will showcase delicious food. Select from scrumptious Crab Cakes, Shrimp Skewers, BBQ Ribs, Mahi Mahi, Oysters, Piquant Chicken, Veggie Platters, Bison Roast, Smoked Turkey Legs, Corned Beef, Creole Jambalaya, Gourmet Cheeses, and dozens of other dishes.

Crafters and artists will be on site with their wares for people to do a little shopping. Clothing, hats, jewelry, vases, glass works, wine glass holders are just of few of the many options available to consumers. Garden and vineyard tours are available at the Plant Science Center on the festival grounds.  See the spectacular fireworks Friday night.

Vintage Ohio is held in conjunction with Lake Metroparks. No food or beverages may be brought on to the grounds. No pets are permitted on the field or in cars.

Vintage Ohio is held at Lake Metroparks Farmpark at 8800 Euclid-Chardon Road in Kirtland, Ohio 44094.

Adult Sampler Ticket: $35 at the Gate, $30 in advance. This includes entry to the festival, a souvenir wine glass, American Wine Association sessions, cooking demonstrations, three stages of entertainment, shopping from local artisans, Friday fireworks and more. Wine also available to be purchased by the glass and bottle. Two-day Sampler Tickets are discounted at : $45 per person. Designated Driver/Foodie Ticket: $12 (Includes entry to the festival, up to 5 soft drinks from the designated driver booths, American Wine Association sessions, cooking demonstrations, three stages of entertainment, shopping from local artisans, Friday fireworks and more. You are not permitted to sample wine, but may purchase wine to take home). Children's Ticket: $3 Includes entry to the festival only for children 4-17. Children three and under are free. Tickets are good for either day. All tickets sales are final and nonrefundable. Food and some activities are not included in the admission price.

The Vintage Ohio Wine Festival is produced by Ohio Wine Producers Association.  For additional information: www.OhioWines.org or at www.VisitVintage.com Ohio or call 800-227-6972.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Grande Maison 2007 Cuvee des Anges, Monbazillac

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If you haven’t heard of Monbazillac, it’s understandable. Located east of Bordeaux, this area is much less renowned than its neighbor to the northeast, Sauternes. Both regions produce outstanding sweet white wines.

We brought out this selection to go with our dessert on the Fourth of July. Our friend Maria made a Red, White and Blue Truffle with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries along with shortcake and delicious cream. Good thing too, because the Grande Maison is so sweet that you need something on par with it so rein in the sugar.

This is a half-bottle of dessert wine and a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. You may be surprised to know that it gets its flavor from mold. Botrytis, or noble rot, is a fungus that causes the grapes to shrivel, concentrating both the sugar and the flavor.

The flavors are similar to ice wine, honey-sweet with candied lemon. The texture is viscous, but not quite syrupy. The flavors are fresh and in small sips, quite enjoyable.

Rating: 2.5 of 5  Value: 3 of 5 (based on price of $13)