Friday, October 30, 2015

Grand River Valley Winegrowers Host Annual Turkey Trot November 7

What’s better than a progressive food and wine event? One that benefits local food banks and features wine from the Grand River Valley in Ohio.


8th Annual Turkey Trot is November 7

The leaves are in full bloom which means it's time to start thinking about the 8th 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 7, from Noon to 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.
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Celebrate The End Of Harvest

"The Turkey Trot is really our celebration of the end of harvest and the beginning of the holiday season," says Kim Laurello, owner of Laurello Vineyards. "Locally made wines are a great way to celebrate with friends and family and makes for great conversation at the dinner table." Whether you are tasting new releases or old time favorites, the purpose of the tasting is to take the guess work out of the wine and food pairing for the Thanksgiving meal.
"We are still recovering from that last two harsh winters,' states Nick Ferrante, winemaker and owner of Ferrante Winery & Ristorante. "But the wineries in the Winegrowers of the Grand River Valley group are committed to continue to bring locally grown and produced, and internationally award winning wines to the consumer."


Grand River Valley One Of The Fastest Growing Wine Regions

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. The majority of the wines produced at these member wineries come from local grapes that they have grown. Member wineries have achieved national and international recognition with award winning wines. These wineries must adhere to strict standards.
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 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 Meatballs covered in a Cranberry Glaze made with Harmony Wine
  • Ferrante Winery & Ristorante: Turkey Cranberry Chili
  • Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant: Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes covered in Turkey & Gravy
  • Laurello Vineyards: Tomato & Thyme Shortbreads with Olive Gremolata
  • St. Joseph Vineyards: Bacon, Caramelized Onion & Pumpkin Tartlet
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