Oak barrels are not the only holding tanks you’ll find onsite at a wine cellar. Some wines are not meant to absorb the woody elements extracted from the barrel and thus the winemaker’s choice as an alternative is stainless steel. This durable metal is used by the wine industry largely becaus…

One of the nation’s most iconic wine and food festivals will be celebrating a quarter century of success this coming August. In addition to attracting tens of thousands of visitors and serving as the model for dozens and dozens of festivals across the state and country (including a couple in…

Hello, Ashtabula County! It has been tough to get much done this year due to all the rain. Whether it be getting fields planted or just getting the lawn mowed, this year continues to be challenging. Today, as we wait for it to dry out, I would like to announce the winners of the Ashtabula Co…

The Ashtabula County Agricultural Scholarship Fund was founded on April 29, 1952 by a group of local leaders to help promote interest in the study of agriculture, home economics, environmental sciences and natural resources. Since then, the committee has grown to also additional community sc…

I read the other day that San Francisco won’t let lawmen use facial recognition technology anymore because sometimes the computer hoots and hollers, “Hello!” across a crowded restaurant at the wrong person.

A dozen or so years ago, no one actually believed Gewürztraminer, this tongue twister of a wine, could be successfully grown in the vineyards of the Grand River Valley. We were wrong. Not only is it growing well among the other cool climate varietals like Riesling and Cabernet Franc, it is l…

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Hello, Ashtabula County! The cool, damp weather didn’t detour this year’s iteration of Ag Day, the county wide youth agricultural education event. This year, every first grader in Ashtabula County was invited to attend Ag Day 2019 on May 10. On that Friday, there were around 1,025 students o…

Winter this year seemed never to end. And while pasta is often considered a cold weather comfort food, in this spring of up and down temperatures, there are some interesting food and wine combinations to help us get through until summer fully arrives.

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Celebrities often lend their name to charitable causes. Tim Conway, the beloved entertainer and slapstick comedy genius who died May 14 at the age of 85, not only lent his name but worked diligently for two decades as a longtime supporter of injured and disabled jockeys. In 2007, I had the g…

One of the many “mysteries” surrounding the story of wine is the use of cork as the primary closure for fine vintages. The ritual of smelling the cork before a sample is poured contributes to the “uniqueness” of the wine experience. However, beyond this somewhat pretentious role, the cork do…

What does having our own federally designated growing district mean to our “street cred” with the connoisseur class? All of the great wine districts in the world are known because of the fruit they grow and then transform into wine. It is often referred to as “A Sense of Place.” The phrase w…

“Pink” wines may be called “Rosé” (pronounced ‘rose-ǡ) or “blush” or just “pink or rose – grape variety something” and are among the hottest sellers on retail shelves. According to Neilson, they have been a leading table wine category for over three years now.

Most of the world’s wine drinkers know about vinifera grapes: Chardonnay, Cabernet and Riesling. Folks living in east of the Mississippi recognize regional wines made from Catawbas and Concords, but the importance of French American winegrapes here and abroad is much less understood and appr…

The vast majority of the wines consumed in the world are from three vinifera varieties: Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc) and Chardonnay. However, much of why wine continues to be a beverage that fascinates is that there are literally thousands of other grapes from a range of species that will …

Hello Ashtabula County! It has been a little while since the last Ag Column was published from the Ohio State University Extension Office here in Ashtabula County. Though we no longer have the excellent and knowledgeable writings of David Marrison, I’m glad to say that I will be picking up w…

It’s not the groundhog, the daffodils nor the vernal equinox that tells me when spring has sprung. And it’s definitely not the weather.

Catchers and pitchers are playing ball across the country. Red-winged blackbirds are again perched on phone wires along roadsides. (Many robins now stay here year ‘round, so sightings of them do not count.) Sunsets on Lake Erie are moving to the east. Temperatures are moderating. Spring is (…

That great philosopher Mark Twain once mused, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — ‘tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

Each week, the Ohio Wine Producers Facebook page features a just-for-fun trivia contest. As this region becomes well-known for our grape and wine production, these contests are designed to make our residents more knowledgeable about the business that is helping to drive the local economy.

Most people even vaguely familiar with wine appreciation know about the “red meat-red wine/white meat-white wine” rule. In addition, temperature recommendations make a difference in how wines are best enjoyed by most tasters.

Tannins are a group of bitter and astringent substances found naturally in many places in the environment. They are in wood, bark, banana peels, leaves and in tea, rhubarb, walnuts, cranberries, under-ripe fruit and surely in grapes, especially those with red skins. From the list above, you …

Whether you are visiting one of our 25 plus area wineries, participating in a class or diner at the Lodge or at one of our wineries offering these opportunities, your day and that of your fellow wine lovers will be enhanced if you consider just a few points of “etiquette.’’

Many people are thinking about some changes they might like to make in the upcoming New Year. Some of those resolutions include reaching a better health condition by exercising and losing excess weight, or quitting tobacco products for example.

The end of one year and the beginning of another is the most obvious time to pop the cork on a fine bottle of Champagne (per the information below, the only real Champagne is made in France in the district with the same name) or sparkling wine with family and friends.

I recently attended a couple of wine conferences out of state and carried along “Great Wine Made Simple” by Andrea Robinson, a NYC sommelier and culinary critic, to read in the airport.

Somehow, Terry tricked me into going shopping with her. I’m sure a candy store was mentioned, but we never got to one.

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — The culinary skills of students in Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus’ Culinary Arts program will be on display at the annual holiday dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the school’s cafeteria, Building B, 1565 Route 167.

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Obituaries

ASHTABULA [ndash] James K. Lind, 75, passed away September 14, 2019. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Zaback-Williams-Ducro Funeral Home once details are finalized by his children Jake, Michael, and Ericka.

JEFFERSON [ndash] Thomas E. Wehrung, Sr., 70, died unexpectedly Saturday at his residence. Husband of Darcie (Cornell) Wehrung. Visitation Friday 4-8PM, service Saturday 10:30AM, Jefferson Home of Fleming&Billman Funeral Directors. Contributions: Jefferson Volunteer Fire Dept. fleming-bi…

ASHTABULA [ndash] Michael Marvin, 71, passed away 9/12/2019 at UH Geauga Medical Center. He was a loving husband, a hard worker and a proud veteran. CZUP FUNERAL HOME, Lake Ave, Ashtabula is handling the arrangements for the family.

HARPERSFIELD [ndash] Michelle A. Mills, 46, passed away unexpectedly August 31, 2019 at her home in Harpersfield. No public services will be held. The CZUP FUNERAL HOME, 1329 Lake Avenue Ashtabula is handling the services.