Saturday, July 7, 2012

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival Scheduled August 3-4; Discount Tickets And Meet The Winemaker Tent Offered

2010_0408vintage100004Vintage Ohio Wine Festival, the region’s most popular wine and food event of the year, will take place August 3-4 at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland. The event showcases Ohio wineries and is packed with entertainment, gourmet food, crafts, exhibits and wine.

The event, which runs from 1:00 to 10:00 PM each day, is in a great outdoor setting off of I-90 east of Cleveland.

To order tickets go to OhioWines.org or call (800) 227-6972. Use the code noted in the below paragraph to save $10 off the gate price or $5 off the regular advance ticket price. The festival will not be offering any Groupon discounts, so don’t delay taking advantage of this limited time offer.

Ticket prices are as follows.

Adult taster in advance: $25
Adult taster in advance including Meet the Winemakers Tent: $40
Adult taster at the gate: $30
Adult taster at the gate including Meet the Winemakers Tent: $45
Two-day adult taster in advance: $45
Two-day adult taster in advance + Meet the Winemakers Tent: $75
Designated driver: $12
Youth (under 18) $3
Child (under 3) Free
Special rates available for groups of 10 or more. To find out how to qualify for this savings, call (800) 227-6972.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: For your $10 discount off the gate price, use the code: CCVO12. The 'O' is a letter not a number.

Tips for your festival experience:

  • Plan ahead to taste whites before reds, dry before sweet wines OR
  • Select a category like Riesling, sweet reds, dry whites, etc. and move about tasting in an organized manner
  • If you would like to taste some of the new limited production vinifera-Ohio-grown wines poured by the vintners who made them, consider visiting the Meet the Winemaker Pavilion [There will be an additional $15 per person fee for the Pavilion which includes sampling of 10 wines, Adams Reserve cheese, Olive Tap olive oils and vinegars, fruit and Orlando bread.]
  • But regardless of your palate preferences, plan to sip a little, shop a little, relax a little, eat some great food so you can enjoy all the wines responsibly.

While the 'best' wine is always the wine you enjoy most, some wine lovers prefer drier viniferas over the fun-to-drink native varieties. In a special feature at Vintage Ohio this year, a selection of limited edition, Ohio-grown gold and silver medal viniferas and dessert wines will be poured by our winemakers and their families in the Meet the Winemaker Pavilion.

You will taste one on one with our talented vintners, share in their extensive knowledge and understand why their efforts are garnering rave reviews from the experts around the country.

The area will be hosted by Marianne Frantz of the American Wine School and will feature wines paired with Adams Reserve Cheese, olive oils and balsamic vinegars by the Olive Tap and bread by Orlando Baking Company. Music from an acoustic stage, lots of extra tables under large oak trees, a series of wine education seminars by the American Wine Society and a marvelous selection of foods presented by Cleveland's premier Food Trucks [Jibaro, Umami Moto and Zydeco] will make for a relaxed and somewhat upscale afternoon.

Wineries participating include Klingshirn Winery, Avon Lake; Debonne' Vineyards, Madison; St. Joseph Vineyard, Madison/Thompson; Valley Vineyards, Morrow [near Cincinnati]; Ferrante Winery, Geneva; Grand River Cellars, Madison; Maize Valley, Hartville and Breitenbach Wine Cellars, Dover,

Wines offered in the MTW Pavilion will not be poured elsewhere on Festival Field, although they will be available in the Wine Store to take home.

Cost for this extra special experience at Vintage Ohio will be $15 per person. and includes 10 wine samples and a selection of light appetizers by the partners noted above.

The popular cooking demonstration tent is hosted by the Western Reserve School of Cooking and its talented staff of professional chefs. To view the program Catherine St. John and her team have planned, go to the web site: www.VisitVintageOhio.com. To learn about the great programs offered at their Hudson based school, visit their web site: www.wrsoc.com and as a bonus, request and receive a free original recipe created by one of the members of her team. A special treat will be appearances by Tom Johnson, formerly Ohio's executive chef and the founder of the Guilded Vine Cooking School which helped launch Vintage Ohio's culinary focus nearly 20 years ago.

Complete details including participating restaurants, entertainment schedules and more can be found at VisitVintageOhio.com

As you leave the festival, remember to visit the wine store to take the taste of Vintage Ohio home with you.

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