Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Raven’s Glen Winery attending Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Save the Date August 4 and 5 for the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival. This event takes place in Kirtland, Ohio at the  Metroparks Farmpark. While the focus is on Ohio wineries, beer will also be available. This is perfect for family and friends who prefer different beverages. Thirteen

Valley Vineyards (photo by Andy Neumeier)

Ohio wineries are scheduled to attend. Wineries include: Buckeye Winery, Barrel Run Crossing Winery & Vineyard, Chateau Tebeau Winery, Gervasi Vineyard, Grape & Granary, It’s Your Winery, Maize Valley Winery, Raven’s Glenn Winery, The Winery at Spring Hill, The Winery at Versailles, Valley Vineyards, Vermilion Valley Vineyards and Wagon Wheel Wines. For anyone who enjoys beer, three breweries will attend the festival. They include Double Wing Brewing Co, Maize Valley Brewery and Cellar Dweller Brewery.

The Winery at Versailles

A wide range of entertainment is planned. Look for the ...

Discover the Finger Lakes Wine Region

Rooster Hill VineyardsThe Finger Lakes region of New York is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year. Many people travel to the region during the summer. After all, this a a delightful location where vacationers can reconnect with nature, savor a variety of foods and enjoy the opportunity to visit any number of wineries during a visit. The lakes and countryside of the region provides ample opportunities to hike, swim and boat.

The Finger Lakes region of New York is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year. Many people travel to the region during the summer. After all, this a a delightful location where vacationers can reconnect with nature, savor a variety of foods and enjoy the opportunity to visit any number of wineries during a visit. The lakes and countryside of the region provides ample opportunities to hike, swim and boat.

Buttonwood Grove Winery

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Bodegas La Val, a Rias Baixas Winery

Albariño wine from Bodegas La Val in Rias Baixas

Bodegas La Val is located in the DO Rias Baixas of Spain. The winery was established in 1985 by Mr. Jose Limeres Guille. Historically, Bodegas La Val was started in the O Rosal region. In 2003 the winery relocated  to Finca Arantei in Condado do Tea. It was one of the first wineries in the region to focus on using only their own estate grown grapes.  In 2010 the winery was bought out by a group of investors and today the administrators of Bodegas La Val are Fernando Bandeira García and Antonio Ruiloba Molíns.  Now Bodegas La Val has four estate vineyards that cover approximately 60 hectares (148 acres). The soils in the vineyards range from slate to alluvial and granite. The focus of the winery is the popular Albariño grape variety. In addition to producing Albariño wines, Bodegas ...

Think About a Grape Harvest Getaway!

Grape harvest at Messina Hof Winery & Resort

Now is the time to begin your search for a winery that allows wine lovers to experience a grape harvest. Some wineries around the country offer an opportunity for wine enthusiasts to participate in harvesting grapes. These wineries are happy to provide the experience for little cost. Activities may also include stomping grapes, music and food. Our experiences have taken place at grape harvests in Maryland and Texas. All were fun experiences. While searching for wineries that offer a grape harvest experience, keep in mind that other wineries prefer to have only their own employees harvesting grapes. Please do not enter any vineyard without  permission. Of the wineries we have visited for harvest, Messina Hof Winery & Resort in Bryan, Texas provides the most detailed experience. In 2017 the winery is hosting their 40th Annual Grape Harvest. This event takes place over ...

Pazo de Señorans in Rias Baixas, Spain

Pazo Señorans, a Rias Baixas winery in Spain

Pazo de Señorans is a Rias Baixas winery in Vilanoviña Meis, Spain. The winery, located in a 16th century Manor House, is a family winery that was started in 1989 by Marisol Bueno and Javier Mareque. Today their four children are in charge of the winery. The focus of Pazo de Señorans is on the Albariño grape variety. It should be noted that the Manor House is representative of a Galician house-style. In addition to producing Albariño wines, Pazo de Señorans is producing distilled spirits. Their current portfolio includes Herb-Flavoured Aguardiente Pazo Señorans with 37.5% alcohol and Aguardiente Orujo Pazo Señorans with 41% alcohol The Albariño vines are planted on a pergola system. The vineyards are influenced by the Atlantic ocean and rivers and as a result have mild temperatures. Rainfall is significant except for summers when it tends to be dry. ...

A Cabernet Sauvignon from Staglin Family Vineyard

Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

We have traveled to Napa Valley several times but unfortunately never had the opportunity to visit Staglin Family Vineyard. After enjoying a 2009 Staglin Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and finding it definitely a delightful wine, I visited the winery’s website and discovered some intriguing info. Staglin Family Vineyard is a true family winery and vineyard with parents and adult children, Shannon and Brandon, very involved. Garen and Shari Staglin purchased the vineyard estate in 1985. Today the vineyard estate has 51 acres of grapevines. The estate vineyard is certified organic. The property has habitats for bees, insects and birds of prey. Wildlife on the estate includes: dragonflies, ladybugs, jackrabbits, fiches and red-tailed hawks. Solar power provides the winery with all of its energy needs. Most interesting for me is the philanthropy that is a major commitment by the Staglins. While they support numerous charities, their main ...

Champagne V. Testulat a Fifth Generation Champagne Estate

The Champagne Testulat estate dates back to 1862. Today the fifth generation of the family tends the 20 hectares (almost 50 acres) of vines and crafts the champagnes. The vineyards are located around the town of Epernay. We had an opportunity to taste four of Champagne Testulat champagnes in a tasting in Washington DC organized by the APVSA (the Association for the Promotion of Wine and Spirits in America). The first champagne tasted by this producer was the Blanc de Blancs Brut made with 100% Chardonnay. The dosage was 6g/l. The champagne spent three years aging prior to disgorgement. This yellow colored wine had multiple columns of tiny bubbles. Apples were noticed on the aroma and taste. The mouthfeel was soft. The champagne is perfect to use an an aperitif or paired with shellfish. The Carte d’or Blanc de Noirs Brut was an equal blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot ...