Want to enjoy some great local wine while also supporting small business owners? Well then local wineries in the region have you covered with a variety of wine themed events that will satisfy anyone’s palate.
Want to Go?
What: Summer Wine Tastings
When: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12; 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 18; 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 26
Where: Goodtime I, 101 W. Shoreline Dr. (Jackson St. Pier) in Sandusky; Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River S. Rd. in Elmore; Veterans Park, corner of Jackson Street and Central Avenue in Sandusky
Cost: $51 a person; $50 a person; $10 a person
Info: www.goodtimeboat.com; www.schedel-gardens.org;www.merrygoroundmuseum.org
The summer wine tasting season will kick off on Saturday, July 12 with a Wine Tasting Dinner Cruise. Taking place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the event is hosted by the Goodtime I.
Attendees will leave the Jackson Street Pier and travel by boat around Lake Erie. While, on the cruise they will enjoy fine dining and delicious local wines.
“This is our third year hosting this cruise and it is very popular,” said Brooke Chamberlain, office manager for the Goodtime I. “We serve a four course dinner and have five different wine tastings.”
With three to four local wineries participating in the event, red and white wines are pared with the different courses.
Catered by Creative Cuisine, the four-course meal includes a chicken and beef dish, a variety of side dishes, a salad and homemade dessert. Guests also get a souvenir wine glass to take home with them.
“If having dinner on Lake Erie was not unique enough, we wanted to add another different element to this event,” Chamberlain said. “This is a really fun event, so get your tickets today!”
If you prefer to drink your wine on solid ground, then maybe the Wine and Roses Wine Tasting and Pig Roast is more up your alley. This event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 18 at Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River S. Rd. in Elmore.
This annual event features a traditional pig roast and live music by Bourbon Street Band. Attendees will enjoy mouthwatering side dishes as they jam to blues style music.
Wine from Wine Trends will be sold by the glass or bottle, as well as other beverages. All proceeds from this event go towards the Schedel Foundation.
Finally, if you are looking to try a variety of different wines than the annual Toast of Ohio Heritage Wine Festival is for you. This event takes place on Saturday, July 26 at Veterans Park, on the corner of Jackson Street and Central Avenue in Sandusky.
With over 10 different Ohio wineries on hand, wine enthusiasts will enjoy sampling some of the best wines that Ohio has to offer. Attendees will also enjoy live entertainment, gourmet appetizers that are pared with the wines and an arts show.
Tickets to the Wine Tasting Dinner Cruise are $51 a person, tickets to the Wine and Roses Wine Tasting and Pig Roast are $50 a person and tickets to the Toast of Ohio Heritage Wine Festival are $10 a person.