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Ravenhurst Champagne Cellars and Feast of the Boneless Fowl

Posted by cmh gourmand on November 8, 2009


Ravenhurst Champagne Cellars

34477 Shertzer Road
(Intersection of Yoakum and Shertzer, just off SR 31)
Mount Victory
937.354.5151
web page – work in progress
Call to check on tasting dates
(Take SR 33 to SR 31, Turn at Yoakum Road, located at the intersection of CR 342 and 343)
When open, hours are: Friday – Noon to 7 PM; Saturday – Noon to 6:00 PM

I made my first trip to Ravenhurst a few months ago. It is exactly one hour from my Clintonville Chateau. This year I have made an effort to learn more about Ohio wines and was intrigued to find a winery near Columbus. There are over 100 registered wineries in Ohio but only a small number make wines exclusively using their own grapes grown in their own soil. Ravenhurst is one of these wineries. Most Ohio wineries are located near lakes and rivers for the benefits bodies of water give to the growing of grapes. Ravenhurst’s geography is a bit of an anomaly but it works well for the unique fruit forward flavors of the wines. These seemed to be ample reasons to visit so it was time for me to hit the road.

The climate and soil of Ohio can be a terror on the terroir of an Ohio wine. At Ravenhurst, they used ingenuity to turn the tables in their favor. By drilling down four plus feet into the clay infused soil of the region, the vines are given a protective sheath to protect them from harsh Ohio winters.

Ravenhurst produces about a dozen styles of wine. About one half are champagne style wines including an interesting Petit Rouge which blends Pinot Noir and Chambourcin grapes. Ravenhurst also pours and produces a few white, red and dessert wines. Tastings are offered on select weekends.

Ravenhurst wines have won a fair share of domestic and international awards. Distribution is limited to the winery, a place you may have heard of called the Refectory, The Plaza Inn in Mt Victory and the Mt. Victory Drive Thru.

Feast of the Boneless Fowl Menu

Owner C.A Harris is an experienced chef as well. Ravenhurst hosts several cooking demonstrations / dinners paired with their wines during the year. Chef Harris cooks and instructs while guests drink, eat and learn. I headed back to Ravenhurst on November 7th for the Feast of the Boneless Fowl. Chef Harris showed us how to deconstruct a turkey to make a boneless Thanksgiving feast. We watched on as he deboned, stuffed, (forcemeat) and sewed up the turkey for cooking. The cost of the class paired with a meal and several pours of wine was $29.95.

The finished product moments before consumption

Chuck Harris and his wife Nina are joined by Jonda and Richard Anderson as your hosts at the winery. Tastings are a relaxed affair. The people behind the counter are knowledgeable about their wines and how pair them. Jonda in particular was helpful, loaning me $4 so I could buy a bottle of the Grand Cuvee after I realized I had left my credit card at home and found my funds were limited. (I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a $38 bottle of champagne today….). Guests also receive the wise counsel and company of the house dogs – Zeus and Hera.

Zeus

Hera

It is an easy and pleasant drive to Ravenhurst via SR 33 and 31. You could also take a variety of backroads up as well (such as SR 257), which I do on occasion to remind myself that Ohio is still farm country. I found the Feast of the Boneless Fowl to be a good value and well worth my time (as are the wines).

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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.

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