Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ohio Wine Tours Becoming More Popular in Northeast Ohio

Gone is the day when people go away for a weekend just looking for a room.  Today they are looking for murder mysteries, Ohio wine tours, and special packages.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast near Millersburg, Ohio, has been offering wine tours for about 5 years.  Guests love having a designated driver to take them wine tasting and to dinner.
On November 5, 2011, was the kick off for the 6th season of wine tours for this bed and breakfast.  Guests boarded the B&B tour bus and headed toward Sugarcreek.  The first stop was Heini's Gourmet Market where guests did some wine and cheese tasting.  Every Saturday Heini's Gourmet Market offers musical entertainment from 1-4 p.m.  REN was performing and some of the guests bought a bottle of wine and sat and listened to the music.  The second stop was Pearl Valley Cheese in Pearl.  This off-the-beaten-path cheese factory is small but offers some great tasting cheeses and wonderful prices.  Guests got to sample several kinds of cheese before moving on.  The group got through the first two stops so quickly that we threw in an extra stop at Unusual Junction.  This place is hard to describe.  There are gifts, bulk foods, spices, wedding dresses, deli, diner, and antiques.  Our ultimate destination was Raven's Glenn Winery in West Lafayette, Ohio.  Owner, Bob Guilliams, gave our guests a winery tour followed by a visit to the wine tasting bar for some tasting.  Everyone got a souvenir glass to take home. We ended the evening with an incredible 5-course dinner in the dining room at Raven's Glenn.  Guests chose from Crab Stuffed Mushrooms or Roasted Garlic & Tomato Bruschetta for an appetizer.  Next we indulged in Wild Mushroom Soup made right in their kitchen.  Our salad course offered a choice of Antipasti Salad or Caesar Salad with homemade sour dough rolls.  By the time the main course course came we were getting quite full.  Part of our group had Grilled New York Strip Steak and the others had Chicken Mediterranean over spaghetti noodles.  To top it all off Tiramisu was the featured dessert of the evening.  Each of the five courses came with a glass of wine chosen by the chef to accompany that course.  This same tour will be offered in January, February, March & April 2012.   The wine tours won't stop then.   Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has all-day wine tours planned for the spring, summer and fall season!  For more information about these wine tours at this Ohio Amish Country getaway just visit their website.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

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