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. 

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