Monday, August 11, 2014

Take a Sip: Chalet Debonne Vineyards

Chalet Debonne Vineyards
7840 Doty Road Madison, OH 44057

Established: 1971

Wine list: Bottles for take-out range between $8.49 and $29.99.

Winery hours: Opens at noon with closing times that vary. Valid until November: the winery closes at 6 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday; closes at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; closes at 10 p.m. Wednesday; and closes 11 p.m., Friday.

Food: Has an appetizer and sandwich menu in its tasting room and has a restaurants on site called “The Grill at Debonne” that is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tours: Tours at Debonne Vineyards and its sister company, Cellar Rats Brewery, are available by request 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


Phone: 440-466-3485

Friday, August 8, 2014

Take a Sip: Maple Ridge Vineyard

Maple Ridge Vineyard
6326 Dewey Road, Madison, OH 44057

Established: April 2001

Wine list: Bottle of wine prices in the tasting room range between $21 and $60.

Hours: Updated regularly on the website.

Food: During summer Maple Ridge hosts several Bistro Days, typically filled with bratwursts and wine

Tours: Include a fee and are set up by appointment


READMaple Ridge Vineyard runs free of machines, weed sprays and industrial yields

Take a Sip: M Cellars

M Cellars
6193 South River Road, Harpersfield Township

Established: 2002

Wine list, whites (bottle price): 2012 Pinot Gris ($18); 2012 Grand River Valley Riesling ($20); 2012 Late Harvest Traminette ($26).

Wine list, reds (bottle price): 2012 Grand River Valley Pinot Noir ($26); 2012 Meritage ($28); 2011 Pinot Noir Oregon ($18); 2011 Cabernet-Merlot ($18); 2012 Amelia Le ($16).

Hours: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

Food: Light appetizers offered daily. Monthly events featuring local chef preparing a signature dish that pairs well with an M Cellars wine.

Tours: Reservations required for all group tastings of eight or more people.


Phone: 440-361-4104

Take a Sip: D&D Smith Winery LLC

D & D Smith Winery LLC
401 W. Main St., Norwalk, OH 44857

Established: 2009

Wine list, white (bottle price): Chardonnay ($14), Frontenac Gris ($14), Riesling ($14), Niagara ($12), Gewurztraminer ($14), Hillbilly Sweet Tea, ($10)

Wine list, red (bottle price): Cabernet Sauvignon ($14), Cabernet Franc ($14), Merlot ($14), Petite Sirah ($14), Naturally Naked ($14), Maple City ($10), Simply Sweet ($8), The Locals ($12)

Wine list, fruit (bottle price): Cupid Raspberry ($14), Pumpkin ($14), Apple-Cinn ($14), Blueberry ($8), Cranberry ($14), Strawberry ($14)

Winery hours (year round): Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday 6 to 11 p.m.; Saturday noon to midnight; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Food: Appetizers and snacks are available; a spaghetti buffet is 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays

Tours: The winery is open for private parties on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays


Phone: 567-424-6750

Take a Sip: Virant Family Winery

Virant Family Winery
541 Atkins Road, Geneva, OH 44044

Current building established 1998; family has been making wine for over 50 years

Wine list (bottles range $10.25 to $22.50): Midnight Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, Mya’s Majesty, Riesling, Red Velvet, White Silk, Chiffon, Pink Delight, Chantily Blush, Legacy Iced, Blazzin’ Blackberry, Rippling Raspberry and Sonny’s Strawberry Patch.

Winery Hours (summer): Wednesday and Thursday 2 to 5 p.m.; Friday 2 to 10 p.m.; Saturday 1 to 10 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
After Christmas and during January and February, closed on Wednesdays Thursdays and Sundays. Hours on Fridays during that time are 5 to 10 p.m.

Food: Prime rib, steak and rib dinners, fried bar foods, salad, cheese plates and bread rolls


Phone: 440-466-6279

READ: A family wine tradition and hearty meals too at Virant

Take a Sip: Laleure Vineyards

Laleure Vineyards
17335 Nash Road (Route 88), Parkman, OH 44080

Established: 2002

Types of wines made: Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling

Tours: N/A

Foods served: None sold on premises, but patrons are encouraged to bring and share their own food.

Hours: Fridays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Phone: 440-548-5120

READ: Laleure Vineyards a hidden treasure in Parkman Township

Take a Sip: Kosicek Vineyards

Kosicek Vineyards
636 Route 534, Harpersfield Township

Established: 2012 (but opened to the public in 2013)

Types of wines made: Concord, Chancellor, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Niagara, Vidal Blanc, Riesling, Traminette, Chardonnay

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday noon to 6 p.m., Friday noon to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 9 p.m.

Foods served: Artisan meat board, specialty cheese plate, bread dipping plate, flat bread slate with choice of tomato or mild banana peppers

Tours: Yes, call for details.


Phone: 440-361-4573

READ: Third-generation farmer opens Kosicek Vineyards, a Tuscan-style winery