June is Ohio Wine Month, put on by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee. This is a great way to bring attention to all the great wineries in the state and gives you a perfect excuse to grab a glass or two with friends in the summer sunshine. This past weekend, when Matthew and I were up in the Huron area, we had the chance to check out a few wineries in the area.
While I have been to a lot of the wineries in Ashtabula County, I hadn’t yet been to any on the western side of Ohio. So, here’s where we went:
What to drink: We loved the Riesling and the Himeros red blend.
Where to sit: The patio or the large open-air bar area are both lovely!
What to eat: We didn’t indulge in any of the food, but unlike the other wineries we visited, Mon Ami has a full menu with everything from appetizers to sandwiches to entrees.
What to drink: We enjoyed both the Riesling and the Pinnacle Red.
Where to sit: Both the inside and deck of the new tasting room are great spots. The deck overlooks the vines!
What to eat: The hummus and veggie platter was substantial and tasty.
What to drink: We had a few favorites from our tasting, including the Old Vine Zinfandel, the Sailor’s Red, the Lighthouse Cayuga White, and the Original Hard Cider (love that Paper Moon makes cider too!)
Where to sit: The outdoor picnic tables or the Adirondack chairs near the fire pit.
What to eat: The ciabatta cheesy bread. The perfect nibble after drinking lots of wine!
At each of the wineries, we started with a tasting of some of the wines (tasting prices ranged from 50 cents to $2 for a 1-ounce pour), which is a great way to try some different varietals and land on a favorite or two before committing to a glass.
Also, take the time to chat with the folks working at the winery, who are knowledgeable not only about their wines, but about the region and Ohio wines in general.
We had a lovely time checking out some new-to-us wineries and finding some great bottles to bring home. Take time this month to celebrate Ohio Wine Month at one of the many great wineries in Ohio. You’ll be supporting local businesses and you’ll also have a lot of fun!
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee to help promote Ohio Wine Month. In exchange, I received a gift card to use at the wineries of my choice. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***