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. Besides the usual work in the cellar (checking the wine from harvest, monitoring the juice to make sure it stays at a stable temperature, cleaning up the bottling line to get ready for our next bottling session and completing our year end inventory) we are also planning for some exciting events at the winery. One event that I always look forward to each January is our 7th annual Nolan Night with special guest, Mark Nolan, formerly from WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland and can be heard today on WMJI 105.7 FM. Over the past 5 years we have released new wines featuring Mark’s trucks or race cars and this year we are adding to the family! This year’s new Racing Red wine will feature one of Mark’s favorite motorcycles!

On Saturday, January 26th, starting around 7pm, Mark Nolan will be joining us at the winery for the annual Nolan Night party benefitting Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. We will be releasing the first new wine of 2013 – Mark Nolan’s Racing Red – a sweeter wine with a fierce grape bite to it. Tickets are $5 / person (not including tax) and are going fast!

Local favorite musician Melissa Harvey will be entertaining everyone as you get a chance to mingle with Mark and reminisce about his years at Channel 3 and his adventures with his race cars. We will be raffling off some great door prizes and have plenty of the new Racing Red wine on sale for you to try!

Reservations are required so be sure to call today to get your tickets for the 7th annual Nolan Night! If you can’t make the party we will have a limited supply of Racing Red available for purchase starting February 1st so don’t miss out!


Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on other winery topics, 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.