A blog about the Lake Erie shores and islands vineyards and wineries, inspired by the book "Ohio's Lake Erie Wineries" by Claudia J. Taller and the wine country adventures that preceded it.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Mon Ami Champagne Company
George Loeb built the beautiful 1872 limestone building that housed the Catawba Island Wine Company. The Neals, Landys, and Ellithorpes ran the 130,000-gallon winery until 1937 when the property was purchased by Mon Ami Champagne Company of Sandusky. Mon Ami, “my friend,” was one of only a few US wineries that produced champagne at the end of the 19th century. The vitis labrusca-classified Catawba grape is still used, in Mon Ami’s famous sparkling champagne. Enjoy a smooth Cabernet Sauvignon and other European-style wines, served with lobster bisque and crab cakes.