Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Covered Bridges with Your Wine

Since I live in the Cleveland area, my wine country journeys have mostly been confined to northern Ohio.  Today, many vineyards along Lake Erie’s shore and on the islands grow local varieties of Catawba, Cayuga, Delaware, Concord, Chambourcin, and Niagara grapes, but are also experimenting with French varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc. During the Covered Bridge Festival in the fall, one can drive along the back roads surrounded by spent corn stalks, and find historic bridges and modern wineries. Most of the wineries are new, but the soil on which the tasting buildings stand is enriched by grapes and vines. Ohio’s in the midst of a grape-growing and wine-making revival. East of Cleveland, Ashtabula County has more wineries per square mile than any other region of the state and is home to over half of the wine grape acreage in Ohio.

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