New to Vintage Ohio this year will be a “Meet the Wine Makers” tent hosted by Marianne Frantz of the American Wine School. For an additional $15, festival visitors will be able to talk directly with the wine makers, sample 10 premium wines and receive a plate of light appetizers in an exclusive VIP area. They may also participate in food and wine pairing demonstrations offered by the American Wine School. Those 21+ may purchase wine to go at the “Wine Store” to take home the Vintage Ohio experience.
Vintage Ohio, the most acclaimed summer wine and food festival between the Appalachians and Rockies, is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year. Annually, over 30,000 wine and food lovers travel to the beautiful grounds of the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland to taste exceptional regional wines, sample great food and enjoy local music.
WANT TO GO - to Vintage Ohio AND the VIP area? For two all-inclusive tickets, leave a comment to this post telling us your favorite wine to drink on a hot summer day in Cleveland – and what you’re pairing it with. You have until July 23rd to enter. Good Luck!
This year, over twenty wineries will be on hand to ‘take the mystery out of wine appreciation.’ Over 150 regional vintages will be offered for sampling. Sophisticated, world-class wines like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc or Riesling will interest connoisseurs. Fun-to-drink fruit wines made from fresh strawberries, blackberries, peaches and raspberries will appeal to those new to the wine experience. Whether one enjoys red, white, blush, dry, sweet or something in-between, there will be an opportunity to find a favorite ‘Vintage Experience.’ Attendees may also learn more about wine at the wine education demonstrations presented by the American Wine Society.
Vintage Ohio is held August 3-4 from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Ticket includes entry to the festival, a souvenir wine glass and wine samples. Advance tickets are available here or by calling 800-227-6972. Two-day taster tickets are available for $45. Groups of 10 or more, purchased in advance with one method of payment, are $19 each. Meet the Wine Maker VIP tickets are an additional $15. Foodie tickets are $12 and include admission to the festival and up to 5 non-alcoholic beverages. Children age 3-17 are $3. Children two and under are free. Vintage Ohio is held in conjunction with Lake Metroparks.
DISCOUNT: Cleveland Foodie readers receive a special discount! Get $20 tickets by using code CLEVEFOOD2012 (that’s $10 off gate price).
This post was sponsored by Vintage Ohio.