The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

World, nation, state

June 23, 2014

Hundreds of wine lovers celebrate

GENEVA — Hundreds of wine lovers showed up at Windows on Pairings Ohio Wine and Culinary Experience on Sunday to celebrate the second day of its grand opening. The day was a free community open house featuring food trucks and wine sampling.

Assistant Geneva City Manager and Pairings treasurer Jennifer Brown said she was extremely pleased with the turnout.

“It’s been going great,” she said. “We also had quite a turnout for the ribbon cutting and VIP celebration on Saturday. So far today we’ve received nothing but good comments.

Ernie Bress, past president of the Lake County Development Council, attended the event and said he was impressed.

“I came out to see it and I’m glad I did,” he said. “It was a fun afternoon. I expect Pairings will be a great economic boon to both Ashtabula and Lake Counties once everything is fully up and running.”

Geneva resident Ben Bank said he was pleased with the time he spent at the event

“It’s really nice,” Bank said. “The selection of wines and the decorations and all were nice and it was a sunny day.”

Geneva resident Chelsea Skoch said she was hopeful Pairings does well.

“We wish them good luck,” she said. Today was really good. We hope it works out.”

Plenty of out of towners showed up for the Parings second day extravaganza.

Brenda Hairston of Akron said, “This is a beautiful setting. It was a perfect day for it.”

Judy Dimengo of Akron said, “I liked it all, the historic building and kitchen and the list of activities.”

Jay Harrison of Akron said he drove through Amish country to get to the opening. “It was the perfect day for the drive and the stop at Pairings. So far I’ve had a great time.”

Tim Gress, who traveled from the west side of Cleveland to enjoy the Windows On Pairings grand opening said he thinks local wines are better than many ‘famous label’ wines.

“We’ve been to Napa Valley, Russian River Valley, all the great vineyards and wineries in California,” he said. “I think the Harpersfield and other local wines are far superior. Our wines are definitely world class.”

There may be plenty of truth in what he said. recently noted that the Grand River Valley and other nearby wineries are sixth in the nation in winery destinations.

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