We are three weeks into 2017 and so far I am extremely happy with how this year is going! I’m not one to make New Years resolutions but I figured this would be a good year to come up with a couple of goals for the year.

My first resolution for 2017 is to try new grapes. Teams from California and New York are always working on new varieties and I can’t wait to try them! One of the most interesting I’ve heard about is a new grape that is actually coming out of France called the Pineau d’Aunis or Chenin Noir (a semi-dry red grape). While I’m not a huge fan of Chenin Blanc (a white wine), many people are saying this grape will become the new Cabernet Sauvignon.

My next resolution is to clear out my personal wine cellar. We have many wines that have either been given to us or were purchased on a whim that have been sitting in our cellar for more than 5-6 years. This year I vow to go through those wines and determine which ones should be pitched and which ones are still drinkable. I’m excited to check out what’s in the cellar but I am more excited to be making room for new wines this year.

Finally, my last New Year’s resolution is to visit a new wine bar, winery or educational class once a month. There are so many great opportunities to learn about wine, wine making and other wine-related topics in northeast Ohio that I can’t wait to see what great things I can learn this year.
As I start to fulfill my resolutions I’ll be sure to share with you what classes, wines, places you should check out. Until then I can’t wait to see what 2017 has to offer!

Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.candlelightwinery.com.

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Amanda Conkol and her husband Chris are the owners of Candlelight Winery in Garrettsville, Ohio. Amanda’s passion for wine is evident in her weekly column “Notes From The Vineyard”, but that’s not all Amanda is passionate about. She maintains a full schedule raising twin daughters, working a day job consulting as an IT Project Manager and is the Girl Troop Leader for her daughters’ troop. When time allows Amanda loves to travel (especially to Disney World) and go for runs throughout Nelson Township.