I chose John Christ Winery for my release party because it's close to home and can accommodate 50-plus friends and family. John and Toda Christ of Macedonia planted 23 acres of grapes in Avon Lake in the 1930s and eventually built a Chalet winery. John Christ Winery became a bonded winery in 1946 and grew Horwittel Concord and Niagara. The Christ family no longer owns the winery, and most of the vineyards are gone, but the winery is committed to crafting good wines that are served in a pleasant setting. Summer evenings on the lawn are relaxing.