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The leaves are all turning and there is a chill in the air which means it's time for the 6th Annual Grand River Valley Wine Region Turkey Trot. Join Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards, and St. Joseph Vineyards on Saturday, November 9 from 12:00 to 5:00 PM for this drive yourself tour of wine tasting paired with food samples for your Thanksgiving meal.All five participating Northeast Ohio wineries are within 10 minutes of each other making this a very convenient excursion for travelers. Each winery will feature a different part of the Thanksgiving meal and pair two wines that compliment it. In addition, recipes will be given out. The cost is only $5 per person at each winery and if you bring in a canned food item to each winery you will receive $1 off. These food items will be donated to the local food banks just in time for the holidays.
"With harvest over we can now begin to focus on the holidays. This is a great way to prepare for the holiday season by giving the consumer a chance to shop local and try amazing, award winning, local wines," says Kim Laurello from Laurello Vineyards.
"Thanksgiving is a time for families to get together and share a delicious meal" says Cindy Lindberg, owner of Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant. "Since we are all family owned and operated wineries, this event is a perfect pairing in many ways and one of my favorite events of the year!"
While visiting the area the group encourages travelers to take a mini-vacation and spend their weekend in wine country. There are lots of shops to visit and beautiful covered bridges to check out in the area. For those looking for other things to do in the area contact the Ashtabula County Conventions & Visitors Bureau (www.visitashtabulacounty.com) or the Lake County Conventions & Visitors Bureau (www.lakevisit.com).
The Winegrowers of the Grand River Valley formed a group several years ago when they began to realize how quickly their wine region was growing. The Grand River Valley Wine Region is one of the fastest growing wine regions in the United States and has the quality wines to prove why. Member wineries have achieved national and international recognition with award winning wines. These wineries must adhere to strict standards.
The Turkey Trot is just one of a series of events The Winegrowers of the Grand River Valley host each year. Other events include the ever-popular Ice Wine Festival and the Cask Tasting.
For more information about the Turkey Trot call (440) 466-3485 or go to www.debonne.com.
Those taking part in the Turkey Trot will visit each of the five wineries in any order they choose. Each winery will provide samples of their wines along with a delicious appetizer. Area maps will be provided at all wineries to help patrons plan their trail.
Turkey Trot Menu- Debonne Vineyards - Turkey Sliders
- Ferrante Winery & Ristorante - Turkey Turnover with a Cranberry Wine Glaze
-Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant– Bacon Cheddar Cornbread Stuffing
- Laurello Vineyards - Cranberry Feta Pinwheels
- St. Joseph Vineyards - Pumpkin Mousse Tart