Monday, November 5, 2012

Grand River Valley Winemakers Host 5th Annual Turkey Trot November 17 To Help Local Food Banks

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Madison, Ohio -- The leaves are falling and harvest is over early which means it is time for the 5th Annual Grand River Valley Wine Region Turkey Trot. This progressive dinner event will be hosted by Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards, and St. Joseph Vineyards on Saturday, November, from 12:00 to 5:00 PM. This is a drive-yourself wine tasting tour featuring food pairings with a Thanksgiving theme.

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 $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 great time of year for this type of event," says Kim Laurello from Laurello Vineyards. "It's a perfect way to spend the day with family and friends and it is also a great bargain."

Nick Ferrante from Ferrante Winery and Ristorante is chairman of the Grand River Valley Winegrowers group. He says, "The Turkey Trot is a great opportunity to taste the best wines of the Grand River Valley. Especially at Thanksgiving when so many wines compliment the turkey and all the fixings."

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 the Cask 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 - Turkey & Cranberry Roulade drizzled with a Cranberry Franc Reduction.
  • Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant– Pumpkin Cheesecake Bread Pudding
  • Laurello Vineyards - Cranberry Meatballs
  • St. Joseph Vineyards - Walnut Cranberry Stuffing

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