Notes From The Vineyard

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As we finally start to experience Spring in Northeast Ohio, I can’t help but keep my focus on the drought situation in California. From talking to family and friends on the west coast it is amazing to see what they are experiencing and how they are reacting to limited water usage and just having to deal with no rain in the forecast.

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I am amazed at  how many wineries have opened the past few years – especially the number that have opened in Northeast Ohio. When...

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A couple of weeks ago I picked up a bottle of wine that was from a small region in France. After I popped the...

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I love the holidays – friends, family, food and plenty of desserts! But being a dry red wine drinker, desserts do not always seem...

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The holiday season is officially in front of us! I was amazed walking through the stores on November 1st to see very little Halloween...

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There are a few things, though, that you can learn about a white wine by looking at the color. First, when you are looking at the wine, make sure you have a white piece of paper or a white tablecloth as the background. Then tilt the glass at a 45 degree angle in front of the background. If a wine is golden or amber it may mean one of a number of things...

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How many of you will have to give a toast at the holiday party this year? Or maybe you have some other great party before the holidays you need to have a toast prepared. What do you do? What do you say? How do you give a toast? Well, thanks to stores for the reminder the first thing you need to do to give an excellent toast is to be prepared and give yourself ample time to write your toast. So, since the stores are preparing for the holidays, maybe now would be a good time to start thinking about that toast.

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Since there were so many different flavors in both salsas that any heavy bodied (Cabernets, Sangioveses, Chardonnays) would overpower the salsa. So I started with a crisp Riesling and paired it with the salsa. It was so good that I set aside some extra salsa and added a splash of Riesling to it as a marinade. Anytime I have a spicy dish I make sure that I have a good bottle of Gewürztraminer on hand. The peppery finish from the Gewurztraminer really compliments the spicy peppers in the salsa.

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It hasn’t quite hit me yet because it really seems like just yesterday my husband and I were talking about opening a winery. Young and naïve, only 25 at the time, we said, let’s give it a go and see how far this thing goes. Then we started talking after our first anniversary – “if we make it to 7 years in the business, we’ll have done better than most.” Then year seven came and we agreed that we were having too much fun to stop then. And now as we get ready to celebrate the winery’s 10th anniversary it’s amazing what we have learned, what we have accomplished and most of all how all of you have welcomed us into your neighborhood and have supported us from day one.

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One of my favorite things about wine is the memories that wine creates. Looking at a label can quickly take you back to a...

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My husband and I had the opportunity to sneak away for a relaxing dinner at a very expensive restaurant. It was the perfect setting,...

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The season of wine festivals is upon us and people all over the greater Cleveland area are celebrating. But during a recent festival, some...

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In my spare time I love to run. Whether it’s inside or outside, I just love to set a pace and go, leaving all...

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Candlelight Winery is proud to be hosting a Food Truck Rally and Music Benefit for #Garrettsville Strong. Thirteen businesses were destroyed by a fire...

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If you have been watching the news lately or have been to a local winery the past couple of weeks you have seen or...

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One of the great things about enjoying wine is being able to check out so many great wineries. Each one of the 50 states...

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How many times have you been to a wine tasting or even just had wine at home and someone says “Wow, this smells like...

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If your summer travel plans usually include visiting far away wineries but the economic downturn is stopping this year’s excursion, I hope this article...

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I know many of you are sick and tired of seeing the snow, the gray clouds and having to deal with the colder temperatures....

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By now you probably have seen the Girl Scout Cookie booths at your favorite grocery stores, banks, malls and Wal-Marts so if you didn’t...

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Like many of you, our family and employees are saddened by the loss our town suffered this past weekend. We have grown to know...

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get at the winery is “Can you taste the difference between an expensive and inexpensive wine?”...

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If you are an avid reader of this column, you know that I love getting together with friends and pairing different foods and wines...

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As the cold stabilization stage starts to wind down this year, I had the chance to sample some of the new wines we are...

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One thing I have learned over the years is that wine tastes the best when shared with friends with some friendly competition. On any...

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Thankfully, this month is flying by! Sure we made it through Groundhogs Day, Valentine’s Day, some more rough Cleveland winter days but when I...

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While many of us are still hoping to get through the cold Cleveland weather, the vineyards around northeast Ohio have another focus – the...

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The Super Bowl is over and now my ultimate favorite sporting event is about to begin! I love watching the Olympics – especially the...

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January is always a great month for us at the winery. Since it is typically our quietest month of the year we get to...

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How often do you tell your children to try something new? Whether it be a new sport, a new food or a new game...

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By now you probably have had your share of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries and desserts! But if your family is like mine, you...

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It’s hard to believe that six years ago we put together a small animated light show for families to enjoy during the summer. With...

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For those of you that have followed my articles for the past six years you may already know that I love dry red wine...

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My kids recently had to come up with a list of what makes this season feel like Fall. It was fun to think of...

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I love art festivals! I love walking around looking at some of the most interesting sculptures, still life drawing and “recycled” art. The last...

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If you ever walked into a wine bar or wine shop you may notice a variety of bottle shapes and sizes. Some bottles may...

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We recently celebrated our 9th anniversary at the winery! Time sure flies when you are having fun and boy did we have fun celebrating...

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The season of wine festivals is upon us and people all over the greater Cleveland area are celebrating. But during a recent festival, some...

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I have attended so many wine and cheese parties since opening the winery that it has been very difficult to keep track of which...

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I am amazed at  how quickly time flies when you’re having fun! So I am more amazed on how much fun we have had...

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What a great summer this has been! Most of the days have been hot and most of the nights have been cool, I couldn’t...

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It’s funny to take a few minutes to read past articles of mine. For example, I found the original article from 2008 when I...

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We are finally into summer and with July 4th rapidly approaching many people are looking for something different to serve at their holiday picnics....

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It’s no secret that the quality of wine is really up to Mother Nature every year so it’s no surprise how many times I...

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“Single Champagne Bottle Worth $1.8 Million”… that was the headline that caught my attention last week. After imagining what I would do with $1.8...

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2013 is certainly flying by! I’m not sure if it’s Spring, Summer or Fall any more so it’s hard to believe it’s already June!...

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As I mentioned last week, what a month May has been; warm temperature, cool temperatures, hot days and some really cold nights. After I...

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About a year ago I wrote an article about how Mother Nature gave us a run for our money by May. And while this...

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If you’ve been reading my column you know that I am big fan of dry red wines. I especially enjoy a red wine that...

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I am always on the lookout for a unique wine, unique label, unique bottle or unique wine accessory. So last week we had the...