Wait. What? Yeah, I thought the same thing when I saw the list of wine offerings last weekend at the 11th Annual Sarah’s Vineyard Summer Solstice Festival in Cuyahoga Falls. I’d been looking forward to this event for a while because I had wanted try some other local wineries in North East Ohio that I’ve yet to visit. It’s great because you can sample from many local wineries that aren’t always featured at other wine events in and around the Cleve. We started by sampling Sarah’s Vineyard‘s top three; The Sweet Elisa ~ a Concord and Niagara grape blend; Painted Lady ~ Riesling and Chardonnay and the Miserabile ~ A Tuscan blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Zin ~ their biggest seller of the festival’s first two nights. The woman next to me described it as ‘powerful’ and it was probably the most interesting and complex of the wines we sampled.
The best wine name had to go to Red Horse Winery’s G-Spot; a Riesling blended with a tart little hint of Granny Smith apple. I’m not one for apple wine but this wasn’t a bad combination; refreshing and crisp, it definitely got everyone’s attention. HubbyDoug’s pick of the day was their Pinot Noir.
I liked Mastropietro‘s Chambourcin ~ which, served slightly chilled, seemed to have a little more depth of flavor than normally found in a typical blush. It provided a nice, light sip on this smokin’ hot day.
Summer Solstice is a time when we celebrate the promise of wonderful things to come. This festival was a great celebration of some Ohio wineries’ proud offerings of the season.