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Last weekend was the annual Vintage Ohio Festival in Kirtland, Ohio. While we had other obligations and couldn’t participate in the two day wine tasting, we did reminisce with a number of winery guests about past festivals. Someone mentioned the time we were asked to cook onstage with Chef Tim from the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking stage at Vintage Ohio and asked about some of the recipes we made that year.

After digging through my files, here are the recipes from the 2009 Vintage Ohio Festival!
Since we had recently released our Riesling in 2009, one of my favorite summer foods we cooked was a side dish (or a dish to snack on throughout the day) of carrots with Riesling.
1 lb baby carrots
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup Riesling
1 teaspoon orange zest
Bring the above ingredients to a boil. Cover and lower heat to medium, cook for another 3-5 minutes until carrots are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated.
For a summertime entrée, I am never a big fan of slaving over the hot stove so I usually do a lot of pulled pork crock pot meals to make sandwiches. We love this quick slow cooker recipe using our Afterglow wine (a delicious chilled concord grape wine).
1 lean chuck roast
½ bottle of Candlelight Winery’s Afterglow wine (or your favorite sweet red wine)
Salt and pepper to season
Cook on low for 8 hours.

Of course, what meal would be complete without dessert? This red wine chocolate cake has become a staple for my birthday and is by far the best cake ever!
1 box of Betty Crocker’s chocolate cake mix (and required ingredients)
1 box of vanilla pudding
1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup Candlelight Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Follow directions on the Better Crocker mix. Add vanilla pudding, chocolate chips and red wine. Mix well, but not for too long. Add cocoa powder to taste.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour; let cool and decorate. Serve. Enjoy!

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.