vintage ohio: meet the wine makers & your chance to go

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.


  1. marlindj
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    A lighter French Chardonny paired with a Ma pa tofu or a Pad Thai (basically anything thats Tangy Asian food)

  2. marlindj
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    A lighter French Chardonnay paired with a Ma pa tofu or a Pad Thai (basically anything thats Tangy Asian food)

  3. Meriffic
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Mad Cow has quickly become my favorite local wine, and I love pairing it with any local fresh fruit!

  4. KarenToocheck
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Dancing Bull Merlot…..everything;)

  5. CoyoteHolmberg
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Two favorites: 1) ANY ice wine, paired with a bowl of strawberries and blueberries while sitting in the garden. 2) Sebeka Cabernet Pinotage, (my favorite wine anyway, summer or winter) paired with a grilled tavern burger, corn on the cob, and a garden salad. 

  6. TheDecorGirl
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

     @CoyoteHolmberg Oh yes, ice wine is so refreshing!  Love the idea of pairing w/ bowl of berries.  Yum!

  7. YOD2
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    anything cold and white with a little sweetness to it, like a Reisling. with dark chocolate.

  8. Bugsmom1216
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Hazlitt Red Cat  with a breakfast burger!

  9. ktpie1
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    My favorite summer wine is a Pinot Noir (Naked Grape) – paired with a salad of fresh greens and red peppers and tomatoes.

  10. peacelovebagels
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m not a huge white wine drinker, but nothing beats a cool white wine on a hot summer day. Of course, you must be grilling out too!

  11. JessicaRachelJohnson
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    jackson triggs ice wine and grilled peaches with vanilla bean icecream!

  12. MelanieSmith
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Love some tasty sangria on the patio – with some olives, pita and hummus!

  13. LindseyDuke
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Kim Crawford Sauvigon Blanc with the Ceviche Trio from Paladar Latin Kitchen @ Eaton. So refreshing!!!! 

  14. emmescorp
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I had a great spritzer last night made with Oyster Bay white wine from NZ. Paired with quiche and salad.  

  15. Posted July 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    This summer I’m loving Vidigal’s Vihno Verde with grilled scallops.

  16. poiseinparma
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Any middle of the road white will do for me – as long as it’s super chilled in these temperatures! 

  17. MikeTetreault
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I’m easy. I like Chocovine. Don’t judge me.

  18. 6502programmer
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I’m easy. I like Chocovine. Don’t judge.

  19. Mojito
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Fresh Fruit salad with melons,pineapple,berries topped off with some Ferrante Raspberry Blanc and Fresh Mint along with a plate of Triple Cream Brie,Fresh grapes,figs,almond biscottis. Accompanied by a Ferrante Raspberry Blanc Spritzer [Raspberry Blanc with a dash of Soda or Citrus Pop] in a tulip champaigne glass with 2 Fresh Raspberries for garnish.

  20. brianajeanmedia
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    My favorite wine to drink on a hot summer day in Cleveland is Harvest Peach from Emerine Estates and I like to pair it with blueberry Wensleydale, mmm!

  21. Pawlije
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    My favorite is Angeline Pinot Noir….with a marinated flank steak!

  22. speakerrk
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I love the new Apothic white! So good, and I’d have a fruit salad with it, yum!

  23. amynilsen
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    A Rose Cava! Refreshing, pink and sparkly to go with some homemade chips and quacamole. 

  24. EatDrinkClev
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    I love lambrusco with bruschetta – perfect for sultry summer nights!

  25. sarahcleimbach
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I recently discovered Evolution’s Lucky Number 7 at Costco…sort of similar to Apothic White but not quite as sweet.  Delish!

  26. CANJournalCarlos
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    I love Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc, light & crisp, goes great with everything but probably Jasper Hill Cabot or Robiola from The Cheese Shop.

  27. Mojito
    Posted July 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    so who WON the contest ????

  28. MichelleVocaireVenorsky
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 10:20 am | Permalink

     @Mojito Briana won – thanks for playing though!

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