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Ohio Wine (OH-WINO) + North Market Food & Ohio Wine Festival

Posted by cmh gourmand on July 9, 2008


There are wines made in Ohio. This is true. Some are really good and a few are even nearby.


Ohiowines.org

The Ohio Wine Producers Association has a handy site that uncorks all types of good Ohio wine information. The Ohio Wines site provides a listing of six wine trails (color coded and grouped by region), Ohio Wine History (there is a lot, going back to the 1820’s), an ode to Catawba wine….really, winery information – there are at least 50 more than you thought.

My Ohio Wine

A similar handy site is My Ohio Wine. This is from Great Lakes Publishing. There are plenty on ads here and some information spills over from the OWPA site but there are good articles and winery profiles here. And, this site lists seven wines regions by county.

You can create some great wine road trips using the links above. I would encourage you to start close to home. Head up the road, a bit northwest of Marysville, for a taste or two at Ravenhurst Champagne Cellars.

Ravenhurst Champagne Cellars
34477 Shertzer Rd
Mt. Victory
937.354.5151

This Union County winery whips out four lines of well rated wine and Champagne:
Ravenhurst Champagne
La Terre Riche Champagne
Busch-Harris handcrafted wines
Les Corbeaux

Their moto is “Excellence Under Pressure”, a great slogan for a Champagne producer.

Go forth and drink some Ohio Wines.

And if driving does not fit into your plans – you are in luck this weekend.

The North Market hosts the Food & Ohio Wine Festival
July 11-13

This is the seventh edition of the festival at the North Market. I attended last year and was surprised at the diversity of Ohio wines.

Bravo’s Top Chef Tour is making a special appearance on Saturday. Special appearances will be made by season three winner Hung Huynh and seasonfour runner-up Richard Blais. The two Top Chefs will perform cooking demonstrations on Saturday.

The festival will kick off on Friday night with a special preview party from 7-10 p.m. Tickets to the event are $20 and include a customized wine glass and 10 tasting tickets. I will be one of the celebrity wine pourers. Local jazz and funk band Honk, Wail and Moan will provide the music. There are discount coupons good for $5 off Preview Party admission are available at local National City Bank locations.

The following wineries from around Ohio will offer select wines by the taste (50 cents to $2.00 each), as well as by the glass, bottle and case:

Chalet Debonne Vineyard, Madison
Ferrante Winery, Geneva
Firelands Winery, Sandusky
Henke Winery, Cincinnati
Laurello Vineyards, Geneva
Maize Valley Winery, Hartville
Markko Vineyard, Conneaut
Meranda-Nixon Winery, Ripley
Mon Ami Winery, Port Clinton
Ravens Glen Winery, West Lafayette
Slate Run Vineyard, Canal Winchester
St. Joseph Vineyards, Thompson
Stoney Ridge Winery, Bryan
Troutman Vineyards, Wooster
The Winery at Wolf Creek, Norton
Valley Vineyards, Morrow
Viking Vineyard, Kent
Wyandotte Winery, Columbus.

Support Ohio wines and the North Market this weekend!

And check out Episode 15 of Columbus Foodcast – where we experience a Spanish Wine and Cheese Tasting at the Hills Market and The Beer Wench and I case out the first Worthington Wine Walk.

2 Responses to “Ohio Wine (OH-WINO) + North Market Food & Ohio Wine Festival”

  1. mary m said

    Thanks Jim!

  2. Landon said

    Hey Jim. I just started working as a wine specialist at Blacklick Wine & Spirits. We have beer and wine tastings on Thursdays and Fridays and I was hoping you (and maybe The Beer Wench?) could stop by sometime and check us out. I’m trying to get the word out about the local wine events we do and I think you might really enjoy it here. Either way, keep up the blog and maybe I’ll see you around!

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