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| Published on May 30, 2012

This weather has been amazing and to think that summer isn’t even here yet! The next couple of weeks will be filled with parties, graduations and weddings. Many people are looking for something different to serve at their parties. They love wine but after a busy (and extremely hot) summer, …

Wine Tastings

| Published on April 13, 2012

If you’ve been to a local winery recently, you may have noticed posters or advertisements for local wine festivals, wine tasting or trail events.  With so many wineries in the area though, how can you, the consumer, learn more about these events and determine where to go? This week we …

Notes from the vineyard

| Published on March 29, 2012

So apparently I jinxed myself in last week’s article. I mentioned how great the weather has been and how lucky we were to get a head start on the growing season. Then unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse and warnings of frost and hard freezes were running …

Notes from the vineyard

| Published on March 23, 2012

Wow – this weather is fantastic!! I have been enjoying it as much as I could, cleaning up the branches, opening the windows in the house to let the fresh air in, going for a jog… it has been a great feeling. Unfortunately, as much as we have been enjoying …

Gas & Wine

| Published on March 8, 2012

I  recently read a column about how the price of gas is increasing the cost of the wine bottle. I understand that it will cost more to ship but unfortunately the wine industry is seeing an increase in equipment and an increase in shipping. I am not alone when I …

Orlando

| Published on January 23, 2012

One of my favorite places to visit is Orlando, Florida. While I am partial to Disney there is so much to offer there! In a recent trip to Orlando a wonderful sommelier sat down with us to review an extensive wine list from his outdoor restaurant. After explaining we love …

Notes from the Vineyard

| Published on December 24, 2011

I recently went out shopping for Christmas dinner and was so excited to see the displays of champagne. So now that I am in the holiday mood the best way to celebrate the season was to go out and find some champagne to recommend for your holiday parties. I selected …

The Five Senses of Wine Tasting

| Published on November 24, 2011

As I started to think about how the five senses impact a wine tasting, I was challenged to find out how touch impacts wine. You can always touch a wine and hopefully you will feel that it is wet and in some cases you may even feel a little sediment …

Social Networking

| Published on October 14, 2011

There are so many social networking sites now that it is amazing how people are changing something so basic and putting it on a networking site. For example, I have found sites where you are on a website attending a cooking class while in your own kitchen. Or another site …

Notes from the Vineyard

| Published on September 24, 2011

What an amazing Summer we had. A good mixture of temperatures, a great mix of sun and rain and a few days just hot enough to perk up the vines. Unfortunately, this Summer has flown by and we are quickly greeted by Fall! While Fall is not my favorite time …

Organic Wines

| Published on August 21, 2011
Organic Wines

While this summer has not been the best summer for the vines, we are still getting ready to harvest our grapes next month. Between the wet Spring we had and minimal hot, sunny days this summer our grapes are a little behind schedule. But at least there are grapes on …

Did you know that Ohio ranks in the top 10 of wine-producing states and employs more than 4,000 people in the wine industry?

| Published on August 12, 2011

Did you know that Ohio ranks in the top 10 of wine-producing states and employs more than 4,000 people in the wine industry? Anddid you know that Ashtabula County alone is home to 20 wineries, which are visited by nearly 500,000 people annually? Even more interesting (this fact surprised me!) …

“Mommy Juice” Controversy

| Published on July 18, 2011

Recently the Boston Globe did a story titled “Mommy Juice: Pushing alcohol on stressed parents” that has started a bit of controversy. The US wine markets are starting to see an increase in new wine labels that explicitly call out “mommy” on the label. For example, I recently had the …

Notes from the vineyard

| Published on July 3, 2011

We get a lot of guests that mention they suffer from bad headaches from drinking wine. And, no, I am not talking about the headache you get from drinking too much wine, but some people will get a headache a couple of hours later after drinking just a glass of …

Wine Tasting

| Published on June 19, 2011

Red? White? Dry? Sweet? Sparkling? Fruit? Have you ever been to a wine tasting and faced with all of these choices and not know where to start? Well before you head out to your next wine tasting, let me provide some guidance.
Depending on which wine magazine you read, which web …

Notes From The Vineyard

| Published on June 3, 2011

I am so excited that we have had a few days of sunshine and are finally starting to see the vineyard dry out. And I am even more excited that the official start to summer is right around the corner – and that means one thing to me! The Annual …

Notes from the vineyard

| Published on May 22, 2011

I know I have said this in past articles this Spring, but this rain really needs to stop. While some rain is good for new vines, it is definitely not healthy for mature vines. Unfortunately this much rain is not good for any age vine. As most farmers will tell …

“Rain, rain, go away…”

| Published on April 29, 2011

“Rain, rain, go away…”  If only a simple song could get rid of this rain, my job would be so much easier.  Unfortunately, the vineyard is starting to see some problems with all of this rain.
As I mentioned in last week’s article we are getting ready to plant more grapevines …

Notes From The Vineyard

| Published on March 27, 2011

The month of March certainly has made statement so far – snow, ice, rain, sun; the weather sure has been difficult to handle. However now that Spring is here, I am hopeful that the worst is behind us. Unfortunately, some of us have already had to deal with some difficult …

Notes From The Vineyard

| Published on February 21, 2011

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and while we celebrated with wine we still have some special bottles to open. Thankfully, there is still one more holiday in February that will force us to open our special bottles.
I am really looking forward to my favorite holiday this month…Open That Bottle …

Notes From The Vineyard

| Published on January 27, 2011

As you may have seen, we host and attend many wine-related dinners throughout the year. And, as you might imagine, plenty of wine is consumed. Many participants attend, and throughout the night, it becomes apparent there is some liability inherent in having people consume wine at a social function in …

Notes From The Vineyard

| Published on January 13, 2011

January is one of my favorite times of the year at the winery. Even though January brings in our “winter hours” (Friday and Saturdays from 3pm – 9pm) we are quite busy working behind the scenes at the winery. We are doing the usual work in the cellar, checking the …

Notes From The Vineyard

| Published on January 8, 2011

2011… wow – I can’t believe it! Where did 2010 go? Oh well… now that 2011 is here, it is time for me to get started on all of my exciting plans for this year and not dwell on last year. I know that 2011 is going to fly by …

Notes From The Vineyard

| Published on December 29, 2010

All of this talk about Champagne last week really put me into the holiday mood and the best way to celebrate the season was to go out and find some champagne to recommend for your holiday parties. I selected two bottles from the label of Domaine Ste Michelle which is …

Notes from the vineyard

| Published on December 20, 2010

Well, 2010 is almost in the history books and 2011 is just around the corner. Between getting together for holiday parties, making holiday treats and, of course, dealing with the snow, I recommend taking this week to pick up your champagne for New Year’s Eve. But how do you know …

Notes From The Vineyard

| Published on December 13, 2010

It’s been a good year, actually, let me rephrase that – it’s been a GREAT year! Sure, this year has definitely put up a good fight for us… we’ve survived some bad economic times, we’ve dealt with a loss of crop from a late freeze last year, we’ve dealt with …

Top 5 gifts for wine lovers

| Published on December 4, 2010

As is my yearly tradition, my husband and I were one of the insane that went shopping on Black Friday. For us, it’s not about getting the hottest deal or the newest electronic gadget; for us, it’s about getting all of our Christmas shopping done. We have a pact with …

Sparkling wines during your get-togethers

| Published on November 29, 2010

By now you probably have had your share of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries and desserts! But if your family is like mine you also have enough leftovers from dinner to have a second Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you are serving turkey sandwiches, turkey chili, turkey soup, turkey frittatas or just …

Notes From The Vineyard: Sake is quiet different than South Korean rice wine…

| Published on November 12, 2010

In last week’s article I mention how I sampled a South Korean black raspberry rice wine. I had a number of people ask me why I called it rice wine and not sake. Many people assume that all sake wines are rice wines but after some research I found out …

EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival

| Published on November 3, 2010

I recently had the chance to go back to Walt Disney World to check out the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT. I have read many reviews and blogs discussing the festival but I never expected so much!
If you ever get the chance to attend this festival, I highly recommend …