Try These Five Ohio Wines
June is Ohio Wine Month. With over 300 wineries in the Buckeye State, there are plenty of bottles to be had.
Here are five bottles from northeast Ohio that you must try now.
Sparkling Rose from the Estate of Michael Angelo
I always like to start with bubbles.
Winemaker Randy Roberts is doing great things at Michelangelo‘s. I was shocked to learn that the grapes for this $30 wine were grown in Richfield, Ohio.
This has got to be one of the best bottles of sparkling wine in Ohio. I had an $18 flight that included this wonderful bubbly rose with muenster, bacon pizza with honey, lemon juice and Brussels sprouts. It was awesome!
The strawberry flavors and lingering bubbles of the wine pair perfectly with the charred sprouts drizzled with honey. If you don’t like wine, go for the pizza. It was so good.
“Twenty years ago, Brussels sprouts were the most hated vegetable,” said managing director Pete Osad. “Now it’s all the craze.”
It becomes one of Michael Angelo’s best-selling pizzas.
Not in bubbles? Get a $48 bottle of Wildflower Cabernet. Lovely butterscotch aromas with a velvety finish. The grapes for this wine come from Red Mountain in Washington State.
This is definitely one of my favorite white wines from Ohio.
The citrus and Asian pear flavors are lovely. The aromas of fresh lime zest are a feast for the senses. I was feeling a bit adventurous and took a platter of mixed appetizers and an order of chicken momo from Nepalese cuisine on Cuyahoga Falls Avenue on North Hill in Akron.
FerranteThe $12.99 Gewurtztraminer was designed for Nepalese cuisine. The vegetable samosas – crispy pastry topped with potatoes, peas and spices – were a hit. The onion pakora, pretty much onion fritters, were very tasty. Momo is the Nepali word for dumpling, and I absolutely loved the momo chicken. It was moist and tasty. Watch out for the dip. It’s full-fledged, five-alarm hot.
One of the things I like the most about Ferrante Gewurtztraminer is that it is distributed in local grocery stores, which saves me a trip to Geneva. It is also served by the glass social craftsmanship on Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls. Have a drink with the tuna tacos.
GoodThe $11.99 chardonnay is a super easy drinker.
It is not a complex wine. Life is full of too many complexities right now.
This wine was perfect with a piece of Irish cheddar cheese for starters.
Akron’s North Hill offers a plethora of international food choices. I’ve been craving Mexican a lot lately, so I had some chicken tacos from Mexican Grill El Malecón (on Elma Street just behind Peoples Bank) returning from Nepali Kitchen.
This chardonnay is simple and refreshing and doesn’t overpower the flavors of chicken or savory queso.
Buy this wine at Acme in Hudson, market district in Cuyahoga Falls, Cornerstone Market in Munroe Falls, Heinen’s in Hudson, Aurora and Bainbridge, and Fishers Foods in Fulton.
North Coast Wine Club Registration
This fantastic red was made by North Coast Wine Club by Dave Sabo and Tom Radu. It is a blend of 50% Cabernet, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot grown on the Grand River Valley estate in Debonne.
Once picked, the grapes are dried for about a month, as winemakers in the Italian regions of Veneto and Puglia do. This appassimento style is used to extract a richer flavor from the grapes.
It’s definitely a great wine, so I stopped Al Quality Market to Barberton for some thick cowboy chops. As the grill warmed up, I marveled at the aromas of cherry, raisin, and vanilla while munching on a piece of Grana Padano cheese and some Kalamata olives.
The whole time I shook my head in disbelief that these grapes were grown in Ohio. The $30 wine was excellent with my grilled chop, grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes. Even better, it went with some chocolate covered raspberries after dinner.
Located in Solon, the North Coast Wine Club is open to the public from 4.30pm to 8pm every Thursday.
Filia Caves zinfandel
Owner and winemaker Lisa Locklear knocked this one out of the park.
You will shout “O! H!” after drinking this wine with Mackenzie Creamery‘s Sweet Fire Goat Cheese on crostini.
The cheese is topped with a drizzle of blackberry and habanero that pairs beautifully with the raspberry puree flavors of the wine. Locklear picks the grapes for this wine at his father Gregory Graham’s ranch in Lake County, California.
What I like about this wine is that it is sweet enough to satisfy my mother, who is a Moscato d’Asti drinker, but sophisticated enough for my taste. Especially with that goat cheese and a piece of spicy chorizo.
This $30 zin will be perfect with all your grilling and chilling. Why not love a wine that pairs so well with a chocolate cupcake and a handful of dark chocolate covered blueberries?
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