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August Newsletter

Ferrante Wines make Inaugural visit to North American Wine Bloggers Conference


Charlottesville, VA – July 22-24, 2011 was the 4th Annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference, and the first time it occurred on the east coast. In honor of the East Coast version, Southern Wine Trails took two of Ferrante's Signature Series wines to Charlottesville, VA for what was billed as “The Other 46 Tasting”. This was a Friday evening post-dinner event. Five states, not including wineries from Virginia where the conference was held, gathered to pour wines for over 300 wine bloggers and industry professionals. In addition to the Ohio table, there were a variety of wines from Maryland, Traminettes from Indiana, Tempernillo and Viognier from Texas and Norton and several white hybrids from Missouri. Ferrante's featured wines were the 2010 Golden Bunches Dry Riesling and 2010 GRV Cabernet Franc.

These two wines are winners by their own right, having been granted Gold or Silver medals in internationally judged events. As east coast wines go, both varietals are popular choices, New York being known for its Riesling and Virginia for its Cabernet Franc. Ferrante Wine was sure to be tasted with a critical eye.

The casual comments of bloggers from the conference were favorable, with more than a few starting with “I had no idea they made anything but sweet wine in Ohio”. As the two hour event elapsed, many tasters arrived at the table with the statement, “I heard you have a Riesling”. As the only Riesling in the room, this was a definite draw, and the tasters were not disappointed in what they found. One high profile wine writer thought it was “Quite Nice”. The Cabernet Franc drew praise for its lack of herbaciousness (the heavy green pepper present in many Cab Francs), which Nick Ferrante works to eliminate through vineyard management, and several writers noted it as a “fine table wine”. The price point for both wines was a noticed highlight. Signature Series 2010 Golden Bunches Dry Riesling sells for $14.99 and 2010 GRV Cabernet Franc is priced at $15.99.

It was an honor to pour Ferrante Wines at the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference, and if you haven't recently purchased a bottle of Golden Bunches or Cabernet Franc, its time you tried them again. To find out more about the conference, just go to the Southern Wine Trails website.


Tammy Colson is a wine events and digital marketing consultant for wineries and retailers and lives in Cleveland, OH. She resides with her handsome wine enthusiast partner, and two cats who eat anything, but thankfully, do not drink wine.

Vineyard Update


The mercury is on the rise in Northeast Ohio and the grapes are LOVING it!  Ferrante's vineyards look great, nice berry size, with a clean canopy.  If the temperatures continue to stay warm, we should have another wonderful harvest!


We are currently hedging-cutting off excess shoot growth off the top and sides of the canopy. 


The new vineyards that were planted in June, (2 acres of Riesling, 1 acre of Pinot Gris, and 1 acre of Cabernet Franc) are showing nice growth.  We have begun placing trelleses up, all posts, wires, and staking rods. 


In the winery we have begun preperation for our businest sales period; October, November, and December.  We have been bottling many wines and will continue to bottle throughout the month.  We have starting blending and bottling our (2) new fruit wines; Raspberry Blanc & Cranberry Blanc.


Raspberry Blanc- Vidal Blanc blended with raspberry concentrate to create a raspberry flavored fruit wine. 


Cranberry Blanc- Vidal Blanc blended with cranberry concentrate to create a cranberry flavored fruit wine.  


* Note: All concentrates are 100% natural and made from local grown fruit.


The Raspberry Blanc will be released next weekend at Vintage Ohio.  Be sure to stop buy and sample Ferrante's latest blend.  The Cranberry Blanc will be released Labor Day Weekend


Wines of the Month


  • Our Newest Release...

  • Raspberry Blanc

Our latest blend of Vidal Blanc and raspberry concentrate to create a crisp raspberry flavored fruit wine.  Only $9.99 a bottle!




  • Grand River Valley Cabernet Franc Rosé

  • Our Cabernet Franc Rosé Has Elegant Berry Aromas & Flavors, Finishing Dry With A Long Finish! 

  • The Perfect Summer Time Wine, Pairs Wonderfully With BBQ.

  • Only $13.99 carry out wine sales.


Be sure to look for our Cranberry Blanc soon to be released Labor Day Weekend!



Tastings Around Town


Vintage Ohio at Lake Metroparks Farmpark 

Join us this August 5th and 6th for Vintage Ohio!

More than 20 wineries offer samples at this festival of wine. Event also features arts and crafts, demonstrations, music, food, children's entertainment/play area and a carryout store. Fireworks Friday night.


For more information...or to order your pre-paid tickets online visit...



Toast of Ohio Wine Festival

August 13th, 2011 from noon to 8p.m.

A celebration of wine, music, and song set in downtown Sandusky and hosted by local nonprofit museums. This is an opportunity to taste some of Ohio's best wines from wineries across the state in a relaxed atmosphere. Local restaurants are highlighting top recipes for visitors to taste. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit both museums. Enjoy children and family events at the museum.

Addmission is FREE


Wine & Walleye Festival

August 27th and 28th 2011

Join us for a weekend to celebrate the treasures that Northeast Ohio has to offer! Festival features samplings of award winning wines, classic car cruise on Sunday, a boat parage and much more!

For more information visit...



Recipe of the Month


Grilled Marinated Shrimp with Melon Salsa



1 ½ cups melon, diced

½ cup fresh pineapple, diced

1 tsp. Serrano chile, seeded, minced

¼ cup sweet red onion

1/3 cup + 2 Tbsps. Light olive oil

1 ½ tsps. Garlic, minced fine

1 Tbsp. raspberry vinegar

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice

½ tsp. honey

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 lb. large shrimp (peeled and deveined)

1 Tbsp. scallions, minced

½ tsp. fresh oregano, chopped

¼ tsp. red chile flakes

2 Tbsp. Ferrante's Grand River Valley Chardonnay

2 Tbsp. cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Avocado slices to garnish



Prepare the salsa by carefully combining the melon, pineapple, chile, and onion in a bowl.  Separetly, whisk 2 Tbsp. oil, ½ tsp. garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, and honey together.  Add to melon mixture.  *Makes approximately 2 ½ cups of salsa.


Prepare the marinade by whisking together 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 tsp. garlic, scallions, oregano, red chile flakes, Chardonnay wine, and ½ tsp. of salt.  Marinate the shrimp for 2  hours, refrigerated.


If grilling, places shrimp on skewers.  Grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side, until they just begin to turn pink.  Be careful not to overcook. 


Divide the salsa among plates and places shrimp on top of the salsa.  Garnish with cilantro and avocado slices.

* Serves 4


Enjoy with a chilled glass of Ferrante’s Grand River Valley Chardonnay!   


August Entertainment

Friday August 5th: 4-Kings & Queen

Saturday August 6th: Afternoon Entertainment: David Young

                                             Evening Entertainment: Mac & Leigh

Sunday August 7th: Stan Miller

Friday August 12th: Larry Smith

Saturday August 13th: Afternoon Entertainment: Mike Woytila

                                               Evening Entertainment: Uncharted Course

Sunday August 14th: Dave Sterner

Friday August 19th: TBA

Saturday August 20th: Afternoon Entertainment: Ron Sluga

                                                Evening Entertainment: Denny R & Smooth Groove

Sunday August 21st: 4-Kings & Queen

Friday August 26th: Face Value

Saturday August 27th: Afternoon Entertainment: Ramone

                                                Evening Entertainment: Uncharted Course

Sunday August 28th: Trevor Trio



Friday & Saturday Entertainment from 6:30p.m. - 9:30p.m.

Saturday Afternoon Entertainment  from 1:30p.m.- 5p.m.

Sunday Entertainment from 1:30p.m. 5p.m.


Visit our Website at http://ferrantewinery.com/event.htm for a full listing of our Entertainment Schedules


Upcoming Events

September is the month of Lobster & Leaves!!

Join us on Sunday September 11th, 2011 for our 2nd Annual Lobster & Leaves!! A Three (3) Course Dinner to Boast the Harvest Season!


Join us at Ferrante's on October 2nd or 9th for our 2nd annual

Trolley Tour & Cavatelli Dinner!  Your Afternoon Begins With An Educational Tour To A Select Number Of Ashtabula County's Historic Covered Bridges.  After The Tour Guests Will Finish Their Sunday Afternoon With A Cavatelli Dinner Prepared By Our Famous Chef Nina


Both Events Are Pre-paid Reservations Only.  Seating is Limited.  Contact Alyssa to Make Your Reservation Today!

(440) 466-8466



Special Event Information

Looking For The Perfect Place To Host Your Special Event? 

Ferrante Winery & Ristorante Is The Place For You!

We Specialize in Birthday Parties, Bridal/Baby Showers, Retirement Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, or just the perfect setting for your family get-together!    Contact A Member Of Our Event Coordinating Team for More Information!

  * Mention This Newsletter When Booking Your Party & Receive A Special "Host Gift"!! 

Parties Book Fast So Call Today!


August Hours

Tasting Room Hours                                                                                                                   

Monday & Tuesday: 10a.m.-5p.m.                                             

Wednesday & Thursday: 10 a.m.-8p.m.             

Friday & Saturday: 10a.m. - 10p.m.

Sunday: 1p.m. - 6p.m.


Restaurant Hours

Monday & Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday & Thursday: noon-8p.m.

Friday & Saturday: noon-10p.m.

Sunday: 1p.m.-6p.m.


Tours of our State-of-the-Art Facility are available on Saturday & Sunday at 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm.

Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend.

For A Full List Of Our Hours Visit Our Link...



Don't Forget to Look for Your Favorite Ferrante Wine in Your Local Grocery Store!

5585 State Route 307 (N. River Rd. W.)

Geneva Oh 44041

(440) 466-8466