Region is 6th Favorite For Culinary Tourists
Northeast Ohio is home to 68% of Ohio’s nearly 2,000 grape-bearing acres, while the Geneva and Ashtabula County area is home to twenty wineries and counting. In fact, in 2007, Orbitz ranked the Grand River Viticultural Area in Ohio as the 6th favorite destination in the United States for culinary tourists.
Pairings spotlights the area’s abundant wine and agricultural commerce while also providing educational, entrepreneurial and entertaining experiences for guests. If you haven’t yet visited Pairings, here are a couple of great reasons to go.
Meet Me At Pairings Series Brings Winemakers To You
Pairings offers several types of educational classes and events throughout the year. One of their most popular is “Meet Me at Pairings.” The MMAP events offer a a night of unique wine tasting, fabulous food and friends.
Pairing goes the extra mile and brings the winemaker to you. Admission to the MMAP events are free. Chef Mike Lorah will prepare $5 small plates and flights of wine are only $8.
The center has just announced its latest winemaker events. On Thursday, August 20, the featured winery will be Meranda-Nixon Winery of Ripley, OH. On Thursday, September 3, the featured winery will be Ferrante Winery of Harpersfield, OH, with special guest Nick Ferrante. Both events will run 5:00 to 9:00 PM.
Meranda-Nixon Winery Featured August 20
The Meranda-Nixon Winery opened in 2007. It is located in an area of the Ohio Valley that was one of the largest grape growing regions in the country during the 1800s. Seth Meranda and his wife, Maura, own and operate the winery and vineyard. Their four children, Preston, Austin, Lizzie, and Ben, when not in school, contribute their help. In addition, extended family offers a helping hand when needed.
Meranda-Nixon has a wide range of wines including a Late Harvest Trotter White Wine and Estate Reserve Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. They also offer an Estate Norton, a rare and delicious grape.
Winemaker Nick Ferrante Special Guest on September 3
The Ferrante Family has been selling wine since 1937 when Anna and Nicholas Ferrante opened their first winery in Cleveland's Collinwood area. In the 1970's, sons Peter and Anthony built state-of-the-art winemaking facilities in the family's Harpersfield Township vineyards.
Nicholas Ferrante, third-generation winemaker, created his Signature Series wine produced from premium estate grown grapes such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer. The winery also offers ice wines made from Vidal Blanc and Cabernet Franc grapes.
Pairings is located at 50 Park Street in Geneva, OH. For more information, call (440) 361-2222.