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 wine from this past fall, 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.

But the fun in January doesn’t end there for us. We are taking the time to finish all of the plans for 2011. Our live music schedule will return just in time for Valentine’s Day on February 12th, we’ll celebrate our annual Pug Day in August and of course we are looking forward to some great wine festivals this year.

But we’ll also have some new events for you this year. Plans are underway for a special Valentine’s Day Dinner. Some new features and songs are being added to our light shows in the summer and later this year I’ll have more information about a winter light show coming to the winery in November!

In order to kick off all of these great events we have our biggest event of the year coming up on January 29th! WKYC’s Mark Nolan will be joining 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 2011 – Mark Nolan’s Racing Red – a sweeter wine with a fierce grape bite to it.

This event is a great way to get you out of the doldrums of winter and enjoy a night out! Your ticket includes a full dessert buffet, live music, a logo’d Mark Nolan glass and the chance to win some great door prizes!

Tickets are $20 / person and will go on sale on Wednesday, January 19th by calling the winery. Or watch WKYC’s Morning Show for your chance to win a pair of tickets!

Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Street, Garrettsville. For more gift ideas or wine lists from the winery, please visit www.candlelightwinery.com.