The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

May 5, 2013

Group celebrates growth at site of Pairings Wine and Culinary Experience in Geneva

Blessing of the vines

GENEVA — Pastor John Munday, of the Park Street Christian Church, prayed over the newly planted vines at the site of Pairings Wine and Culinary Experience, Saturday, offering a blessing for the growth of the vines as well as the community.

“Let the grapevines be a symbol of growth in the community,” he said.

The project recently received a $45,000 donation from KeyBank, which now holds naming rights to the education and culinary center. The donation is considered a significant step for the proposed 38,000-square-foot non-profit business incubator.

Saturday, committee members and other officials celebrated the future harvest as well as the project’s potential.

Mark Winchell, director of the Ashtabula County Convention and Visitor Bureau, said having the support of the City of Geneva has been instrumental as the project has moved forward.

“We’ve been talking about this for some time,” he said. “It started with a conversation about changing the names of streets and has morphed into what it is now.”

The vines planted on the site feature a variety of different grapes common to this growing region. Double A vineyards donated the vines, which include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Riesling grapes. There are also Concord, Catawba, Vidal Blanc and Chambourcin grapes. The Vidal Blanc and Chambourcin are both hybrids and the Vidal Blanc will eventually yield ice wine, said Doniella Winchell, executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association.

“These are all typical of this area,” she said. “This area has a long tradition of growing grapes.”

Pairings will include restaurant and banquet facilities, cooking classes, wine making demonstrations, incubator facilities for start-up wineries, educational culinary demonstrations, office space and a gift shop.

Jennifer Brown, who has been working on funding and development for Pairings, said plans are moving forward. A new driveway has been constructed at the former Geneva Elementary School property on Park Avenue, where the center will be constructed. Earlier this week grape vines were planted to begin the center’s “teaching vineyard,” which will provide vines for classes in harvesting, pruning, cultivating and growing.

Pairings will begin with the start-up project “Windows on Pairings,” a smaller version of the wine center built inside an existing barn. The project will allow Pairings staff to develop as a brand, gauge sales, build foot traffic and perfect the concierge, special event offerings and educational and cooking classes, Brown said.

For more information on Pairings, or to view the artist’s renderings of the proposed facility, visit www.pairingsohio. com.

Text Only
Local News
Good Friday Cross Walks and Easter Egg Hunts
Spring Comes Alive
Ashtabula Spring Cleaning
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
Saturday Fun in Ashtabula County March 22, 2014
American Red Cross Ashtabula County Heroes Breakfast
Rotary Club Dodge Ball Tournament
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
Ashtabula Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Events
End of year weather extremes
Christmas 2013
Harpersfield Barn Fire
Route 11 Rescue Plymouth Township
Ashtabula Fire
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday