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On Ohio's Lake Erie Wine Trail: Put-in-Bay Winery

July 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

Everybody knows the Wine Trails of Napa/Sonoma, Argentina, the Loire Valley and, more recently, NY's Hudson Valley, but this week it's all about Ohio. Yes, Ohio has wineries—lots of 'em actually—and we'll be sharing our favorites with you.

Today: Put-in-Bay Winery in the town of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, Ohio

Perhaps the newest winery of all in the area, Put-in-Bay winery only opened in 2009 but at least took over a vintage Victorian mansion on prime waterfront property to make its mark. WIthout a history like Heineman's has, PIB decided to focus their energy on becoming a pretty place for drinking wine—get the tourists that way.

The first floor of the Italianate complex is given over to a few rooms of tables for indoor tastings, plus a retail store and tasting bar. Head out back to a gazebo and massive park, or out front to the porch and front yard that looks over toward Put-in-Bay harbor, the tiny Gibraltar Island and the towering Perry's Victory Monument. We ordered up our wines, took 'em to the porch and played a game of checkers while enjoying the lake breeze. Cheap, easy and absolutely idyllic.

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On Ohio's Lake Erie Wine Trail: Heineman's Winery and Crystal Cave

July 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM | by | Comment (1)

Everybody knows the Wine Trails of Napa/Sonoma, Argentina, the Loire Valley and, more recently, NY's Hudson Valley, but this week it's all about Ohio. Yes, Ohio has wineries—lots of 'em actually—and we'll be sharing our favorites with you.

Today: Heineman's Winery in the town of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, Ohio

Now that we've detailed how exactly to get to the little Lake Erie island of South Bass, it's time to start hitting them wineries. Just a short golf cart ride/bike ride or long walk from the Miller Ferry's Lime Kiln dock sits Heineman's, a whole complex that includes more than just some winemaking machinery; there's a weingarten and a very cool cave, its walls lined with crystals.

If you think Heineman's looks and sounds German, that's because it very much is so. The winery was started in 1888 by an immigrant who headed to the new world from Germany's wine-growing region. While digging for a well, Heineman happened upon one of the natural caves that dot the island. Though what's now called Crystal Cave is indeed lined with massive crystals, they sadly have no commercial value (thought the Smithsonian houses one).

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On Ohio's Lake Erie Wine Trail: Getting to South Bass Island

July 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

Everybody knows the Wine Trails of Napa/Sonoma, Argentina, the Loire Valley and, more recently, NY's Hudson Valley, but this week it's all about Ohio. Yes, Ohio has wineries—lots of 'em actually—and we'll be sharing our favorites with you.

Today: Getting to the town of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, home to two excellent wineries

Now that we've covered two coastal Ohio wineries on the mainland, it's time to head out over open water to two more...on an island...in Lake Erie. Yes, you read that right. Not only does Ohio have excellent wineries, but it's also got excellent islands. We like to think of Put-in-Bay as the cheaper, more casual, Midwest version of Nantucket and, just like with Nantucket, there's few ways to reach it.

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On Ohio's Lake Erie Wine Trail: Mon Ami Winery

July 10, 2012 at 5:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

Everybody knows the Wine Trails of Napa/Sonoma, Argentina, the Loire Valley and, more recently, NY's Hudson Valley, but this week it's all about Ohio. Yes, Ohio has wineries—lots of 'em actually—and we'll be sharing our favorites with you.

Today: Mon Ami Winery in Port Clinton, Ohio

First, some disclosure: we've been coming to Mon Ami Winery since our youth. In fact, this was the first place we (legally) drank on our 21st birthday, binging at Mon Ami's brunch and popping the pink champagne when Sunday alcohol sales began that day. All good memories that only continue as Mon Ami enters its 140th year of making and serving a range of wines in a stone building on Catawba Island, a short drive from downtown Port Clinton, Ohio.

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On Ohio's Lake Erie Wine Trail: Firelands Winery

July 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM | by | Comment (1)

Everybody knows the Wine Trails of Napa/Sonoma, Argentina, the Loire Valley and, more recently, NY's Hudson Valley, but this week it's all about Ohio. Yes, Ohio has wineries—lots of 'em actually—and we'll be sharing our favorites with you.

Today: Firelands Winery and Vineyard in Sandusky, Ohio

Drive to Cedar Point Amusement Park BUT, just before you take the exit to the Roller Coast Capital of the World, make a turn onto tiny Bardshar Road and into the driveway of Firelands Winery. Originally named Mantey vineyards, the winery has been around since 1880 and growing all their grapes either right there...in the vineyard next to the parking lot or, for the majority, on the tiny North Bass Island just a ferry ride away.

To see the historic winery, you're free to wander around on a self-guided FREE tour. There's the tanks, the bottling room and the temperature-controlled warehouse. If you'd like to stay for a little longer, you can hit up the wine dispensers for a pour and pop a squat in their very nice bar area, complete with chandeliers made of wine bottles.

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