Sunday, November 27, 2011

Whiskey on the North Coast?

Yep.  Gene and Heather Sigel of South River Vineyard (the "church winery") have been busy converting the a barn on their property (a couple hundred feet down the road) into a distillery.  Once it's up and running, I'll be sure to let Cool Cleveland and others know when they can go to the red barn and taste some whiskey.  Heather says Ohio's behind the times and they aim to catch up with neighboring states, like Kentucky, which has its bourbon trail.

South River Vineyard can be found at 6062 S. River Road, Geneva. Gene and Heather met while employed at Chalet Debonne and leased a small 2-acre vineyard in 1995 and purchased their present estate in 1998.  In 2000, they bought an 1892 Victorian chapel, that Gene spied on a drive to Kent, in Portage County and moved it to their property for the winery.  They do a good job with cold-winter Rieslings and deep red blends.   

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