Thursday, November 3, 2011

Grand River Valley Wine Region to Host 4th Annual Turkey Trot November 12 to Help Local Food Banks

Madison, Ohio -- The leaves are beginning to change colors and grape harvest will be over before we know it, so now it is time for the 4th Annual Grand River Valley Wine Region Turkey Trot. Join Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards, and St. Joseph Vineyards on Saturday, November 12th from Noon-5:00 PM for this drive yourself tour of wine tasting paired with food samples for your Thanksgiving meal.  

All five participating wineries are within 10 minutes of each other making this a very convenient excursion for travelers.  Each winery will feature a different part of the Thanksgiving meal and pair two wines that compliment it.  In addition, recipes will be given out.  The cost is only $5 per person at each winery and if you bring in a canned food item to each winery you will receive $1 off.  These food items will be donated to the local food banks just in time for the holidays.

“This is a perfect event for November when lots of other activities are slowing down,” says Doreen Peitrik from St. Joseph Vineyards.  “It’s a fun event that family, friends, and co-workers would enjoy doing together and the cost is such a bargain.”  St. Joseph will be greeting their patrons at their new location on Route 307 in Madison. 

Nick Ferrante from Ferrante Winery and Ristorante is chairman of the Winegrowers group.  “Our regional wines are perfect for anyone’s Thanksgiving feast,” states Nick.   “Each year our five wineries compete in international wine competitions and come out looking very competitive.  It just proves that we can make great wine here in northeastern Ohio and the Turkey Trot is a wonderful opportunity for the public to taste them.”

While visiting the area the group encourages travelers to take a mini-vacation and spend their weekend in wine country.  There are lots of shops to visit and beautiful covered bridges to check out in the area.  For those looking for other things to do in the area contact the Ashtabula County Conventions & Visitors Bureau ( or the Lake County Conventions & Visitors Bureau (

The Winegrowers of the Grand River Valley formed a group several years ago when they began to realize how quickly their wine region was growing.  The Grand River Valley Wine Region is one of the fastest growing wine regions in the United States and has the quality wines to prove why.   Member wineries have achieved national and international recognition with award winning wines.  These wineries must adhere to strict standards.

The Turkey Trot is just one of a series of events The Winegrowers of the Grand River Valley host each year.  Other events include the ever-popular Ice Wine Festival and an early spring tasting. 
For more information about the Turkey Trot call (440) 466-3485 or go to

Turkey Trot Menu - Debonne Vineyards - Turkey Sliders; Ferrante Winery & Ristorante - Pumpkin Tart; Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant– Pumpkin Soup with roasted pumpkin seeds and toast points; Laurello Vineyards - Italian Zucchini Appetizer; St. Joseph Vineyards - Stuffing with apples, cranberries, and walnuts.

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