Vintage Ohio, the state’s premier wine event, will take place August 3 and 4, from 1:00 to 10:00 PM at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland, Ohio. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Ticket includes entry to the festival, a souvenir wine glass and wine samples.
Advance tickets and info are available on the web at www.OhioWines.org or www.VisitVintageOhio.com, by calling (800) 227-6972. Two-day taster tickets are available for $45.Foodie tickets and designated drivers are $12 and include admission to the festival and up to 5 non-alcoholic beverages. Children age 3-17 are $3. Children two and under are free.
And again this year Vintage Ohio will showcase the best of the best of the Cleveland food trucks.
Across America, in the 'Locavore' world and in 'Foodie' culture, mobile food trucks are all the rage. Cleveland has some of the best in the nation sharing their cuisine daily on the streets. As the national web site describes them: Food trucks offer "high end food for the masses at drive-through prices."
They will be stationed near the Meet the WineMaker Pavilion, where exceptional Ohio-grown vintages will be shared by the winemakers who vinified those award winning wines. The MTW Pavilion and the fabulous Food Trucks will provide a perfect opportunity to match locally grown foods with locally grown wines.
JiBARO: Oysters with dates, pickled carrots, bacon and sunflower seeds; Shrimp ceviche with mango, Caribbean bruschetta: shredded beef on top of plantain, Pulled pork burrito, Veggie-gluten free burrito, Jamaican jerk chicken.
Umami Moto: Fish tacos: curry marinated fish, corn tortillas, cilantro, mint, cucumber, red onion and aioli; Umami burger: lean beef, brioche bun, onion, homemade hot sauce, Vietnamese grilled pork over rice, Asian slaw: cabbage, peppers, carrots, dressing; Fresh fruit cup including seasonal Asian pears, lychee, jackfruit.
Zydeco Bistro: Pullet and Andouille jambalaya, fresh chicken, sautéed sausage and dirty rice; Blue crab, heirloom tomato and Ohio corn salad; Crispy rock shrimp salad with creole mustard, Summer vegetable ratatouille and cheesy polenta.
OHIO GROWN WINES NEARBY IN THE MEET THE WINEMAKER PAVILION
[These limited production wines will not be poured in the individual winery tents on Festival Field, but will be available only in the MTW Pavilion and for to-go sales in the store]
Breitenbach Wine Cellars, Dover:
- Gewurztraminer, Lake Erie, 2010 -- off dry white, well balanced, spicy nose
- Cabernet Sauvignon. Lake Erie, 2010 -- nicely balanced, very fruit forward
Debonne' Vineyards, Madison:
- Pinot Grigio, Grand River Valley, 2010 -- dry white, aromas of fresh apricot, dired flowers and spice
Ferrante Winery and Ristorante, Geneva/Harpersfield:
- Golden Bunches, Riesling Grand River Valley 2011 -- off dry, flavors of peach and citrus
- Pinot Grigio, Grand River Valley, 2011 -- melon and citrus with a creamy finish
Grand River Cellars, Madison:
- Cabernet Franc, Grand River Valley, 2010 -- dry with a hint of spice, tobacco and blackberries, oaky finish
Klingshirn Winery, Avon Lake:
- Cabernet Franc, Lake Erie -- aromas of wild cherries and blackberries hint of tannins
- Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie -- semi dry, aromas of tangelos, hint of citrus, fruity and fresh finish
Maize Valley Winery, Hartville:
- LaCrescent, Ohio -- fruity, tropical aromas and flavors form the Hartville vineyard, semi sweet, cold climate Sevsen varietal
St. Joseph Vineyard, Madison:
- Pinot Noir Reserve, Grand River Valley, 2009, intense red, black cherries and plum flavors, bouquet of cedar and cloves with a hint of rose
- Shiraz, Grand River Valley, 2009, Rhone style red with blueberry, cloves and peppery flavors
Valley Vineyards, Morrow:
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Ohio River Valley, 2010, black cherries, black currents, violet, cocoa, velvety tannins
- Ice Wine, Ohio River Valley, 2009: sweet, luscious, dessert wine
Meet the Wine Maker VIP tickets are an additional $15 and will feature only vinifera and French hybrid wines which are in short supply and thus cannot be poured on Festival Field.
For information on dining, lodging and attractions in Lake County, go to www.lakevisit.com