Why? Ohio Wines!

Have you ever wanted to escape to wine country? It’s easier than you think! Yesterday, Matthew and I met up with friends Sara and Ron for a day of winery hopping in Geneva. There are a lot of great wineries to choose from in that area!

We started our day at Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, where we grabbed seats on their patio to enjoy some live music, wine, and a tasty pizza for lunch.

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We also did a tasting of Ferrante’s award-winning wines.

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The Golden Bunches Riesling is my favorite! It’s not too sweet and a really great choice for enjoying on a patio on a warm summer day.

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Our next stop was South River Vineyard. This is my favorite winery in the area in terms of the setting. South River is located in a former church, with creatively-named wines like Trinity and Karma. Their large patio overlooks the vineyards and is a lovely spot to sit and sip!

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From there, we headed just across the street to M Cellars. Pro tip: if you’re going to be stopping at this many wineries, sharing the tastings is probably a good plan!

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M Cellars also boasts a lot of award-winning wines, as well as a small bites menu that is committed to showcasing local products, such as Pope’s Kitchen spreads and sauces.

Our penultimate stop was Debonne Vineyards, where we hid out from the rain and shared tastings of their red and white varietals. We also added a tasting of the Cask 1015, a special red blend.

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Goldfish crackers and Malley’s chocolates with my wine? Why not?!

Our last winery of the day was Grand River Cellars, where we enjoyed more live music, as well as another tasting. The Grand Red is my favorite of their wines!

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After all that wine, we had worked up an appetite, so we headed to dinner at The Lakehouse Inn‘s Crosswinds Grille. The Lakehouse Inn has beautiful views and would be a perfect spot to turn your wine country adventure into an overnight stay!

We were all impressed with the food at Crosswinds Grille, which offers locally-sourced and thoroughly delicious dinners. Going around the table, we had the shrimp and scallop pasta, the duck (me, obvi), the sirloin steak, and the salmon special.

This was the perfect ending to a day of exploring and enjoying Ohio wines and meeting people committed to producing quality products from local ingredients.

There are 243 wineries in the state of Ohio and June marks Ohio Wine Month, celebrating these wineries and their handywork. With so many wineries, visiting one is easy, but you can also purchase Ohio wines at stores such as Heinen’s and Giant Eagle.

During the month of June, however you may be enjoying your Ohio wine, share a picture on social media with the hashtags #30CheersOH and #OhioWine. Each day, the Ohio Grape Industries Committee will randomly select a winner from the entries to win a wine-themed prize.

Cheers to celebrating our great Ohio wines!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Ohio Wine Month. In exchange, I received a gift card to be used visiting an Ohio winery of my choice. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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