What is unique about wines from the Ohio River Valley Appellation?
Grapes grown in the Ohio River Valley are higher in natural acidity, a desirable attribute in making fine wine. Many wine regions must artificially increase the acid levels of their wines.
What does it mean to let wine "breathe"? Is it important?
This means opening the bottle and leaving the cork out before serving. This process is important for red wines. Older wines need only 15-20 minutes while younger wines should be left to breathe for about an hour before serving.
What are sulfites?
Sulfites are a preservative. All wines make some on their own, red wines having more.
What about wine glasses? Does the shape really make a difference?
It really does! The space left in the glass above the wine once it has been poured can be used to concentrate the aroma of the wine. Therefore, for less potent wines such as Vidal Blanc, you would use a glass with a smaller opening. For bubbly wines choose a tall, slender glass, as it helps the bubbles to last longer.
What are tartrates? What is floating in my wine?!
One of the by-products of tartaric acid (naturally occurring substance in grapes), tartrates are also called potassium bitartrate, cream of tartar
(used in cooking), and tartar. Excess tartaric acid crystallizes during prolonged chilling of wine. These small, innocuous crystals can appear in wine unless thoroughly removed through the cold stabilization process. Tartrates aren't harmful and only impact the wine visually. In Germany, tartrates are called weinsteins ("wine stones").
What is a growler?
Our growler is a 64oz bottle in which to fill with your favorite beer and is available for purchase here in the tasting room.
Does your cook-out cater to vegetarians?
Although we do not have a vegetarian option, someone who does not eat steak or salmon is welcome to use their dinner ticket in exchange for an extra bottle of wine, while still helping themselves to the buffet.
A bright October day in our vineyards.
The Ohio Quality Wines Seal Means Best Quality in Estate Grown Ohio Wines.
The Ohio Quality Wine Program was established by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee and the Ohio State University Agricultural Research and Development Center's Viticulture and Enology Programs to establish a rating system based on industry standards to identify the best estate-grown wines in Ohio. The wines that meet or exceed these criteria are designated as Ohio Quality Wines.