Behold: The 8th Annual Ice Wine Festival

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The 8th Annual Ice Wine Festival kicked off this weekend in the Grand River Valley Region of Northeast Ohio.  In my travels this semester I have found that Ice Wine is absolutely delicious!  I wasn’t able to attend the event on Saturday but I want to tell ya’ll about it so you can join me either Saturday, March 12, 2011 or Saturday, March 19, 2011.  I’ll be experiencing this delicious concoction at the event on March 19 with my nephew’s grandma, Brenda, and her friends.  Join me!

Blogger Sandy M. tells you about the production of Ice Wine in her blog The Ohio Wine Lover.

What is the Ice Wine Festival?

The Ice Wine Festival is a progressive tasting of Ice Wines from five wineries in Madison,

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Ohio and Geneva, Ohio.  At each winery patrons will receive a complimentary appetizer and be exposed to varying degrees of entertainment.

What is a Progressive Tasting?

A progressive tasting means the patron starts the tasting at one winery and progressively move to the other four wineries at his or her own pace.  I know it seems so simple but I had to look into it a little bit to figure out what it meant.  I had assumed all wineries were bringing Ice Wines to one place so we could taste them…I was wrong.

What’s the Ice Wine Festival Cost?

  • Tickets are $5 each at each winery.
  • Patrons receive a complimentary appetizer with each Ice Wine tasting.
  • Bring a canned food item to each winery and receive $1 off the ticket price.
  • The canned food item will help support local food banks.
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What Wineries are Participating?

Great question!

I’ve had the pleasure of tasting the Ice Wine from Grand River Cellars and Ferrante Winery.  I can only imagine the delicious sweetness I’ll experience from the other wineries when I get up there for the event.

What’s my Complimentary Appetizer?

  • Debonne Vineyards
    • Adams Reserve sharp Cheddar served with homemade peach jam & crushed walnuts.
  • Ferrante Winery & Ristorante
    • Fire roasted pork infused with Vidal Blanc Ice Wine.
  • Grand River Cellars and Restaurant
    • Pizza topped with homemade pear jam, bleu cheese, and crushed walnuts.
  • Laurello Vineyards
    • Dark chocolate peppered Biscotti drizzled with white chocolate.
  • St. Joseph Vineyards
    • Pound cake with Krzys Ohio maple syrup, whipped cream and crushed nuts.

Notice that each appetizer has a sort of sweet aspect to it?  That’s because Ice Wine is a dessert wine and the chefs and winemakers have decided each Ice Wine pairs perfectly with each appetizer.

What Entertainment Will I Experience?

  • Debonne Vineyards will have ice carving at noon and a sled dog demonstration.  An Ice Wine martini bar will also be available for a small additional fee.  I’m pretty excited about that martini bar. 😉
  • Ferrante Winery & Ristorante will have a fire and ice cooking demonstration all day by Chef Nina (sounds pretty interesting!) and at 3 p.m. Carol Johnson, a local artist, will create glass art grape jewelry.
  • Grand River Cellars and Restaurant will have an Ice Wine marshmallow roast all day (for a small additional fee); ice carving at 2 p.m.; and live painting by local artist Jacci Guarino-Stincic.
  • Laurello Vineyards will have Lake Erie glass jewelry by Rita Burns; pottery by William Shearrow; and free wine jelly samples by Gatherings.
  • St. Joseph Vineyards will feature a local art show and is giving away a free Ice Wine glass to the first 300 patrons on site.
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3 responses to “Behold: The 8th Annual Ice Wine Festival

  • Jessica Henderson

    Having been to a couple of the wineries that are participating in the Ice Wine Festival, I can say that this would have been a great event to have attended. All of the wineries in this area are beautiful to look at and have such a great atmosphere. Also, Ohio wineries make some really good ice wine due to the fact that the winters get so cold. I would love to hear how people who went thought about the event. Like I said, I had such a great time when I visited some of these wineries so I would think it would be interesting to see if other people enjoy them too.

  • Elizabeth Heibertshausen

    As someone who does not consume alcohol, I find your blog particularly intriguing. I never knew that there were so many different types of wine or beer. The Ice Wine Festival sounded like it would have been such a great cultural event. I think that it is such a great way to collect food for charity as well. I think that what I would have most liked about the festival was the entertainment. The ice carving as well as the glass art grape jewelry sound like a blast. If I were to give a suggestion, I think that since your blog is based on all of Ohio, it seems as though the places that you mention are only located in Northeast Ohio. As someone from Northwest Ohio, I know that there are a few wineries in Sandusky, Norwalk, and Fremont, Ohio and surrounding areas. I think that it would definitely be worth your time to visit these locations and to see what we have to offer.

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