Michele Attends Her First Wine Tasting Event

Well hopefully this post makes sense.  I just got back from a wine tasting event at The Club at Key Center in downtown Cleveland.

Just kidding,  it was a tasting event and not a college party.  Although it was hosted by the Kent State Alumni Association.


We were served sliced baguettes, apples, pears, peaches, melons, berries, bananas, grapes, blackberries and star fruit.  There was also harvarti, Creamy Camembert, Aged Cheddar, Feta, Munster, Gouda & Light Bleu Cheese.

Interesting Facts

Kent R. Glaus, Ph.D. emceed the event provided some very interesting facts.

  • 75% of the wine sold in the USA is sweet wine.
  • Ohio’s climate is not good for growing red wine grapes.
  • Pinot Noir  and Pinot Grigio are cousins.  The Grigio has no red skin due to the mutation of a single gene.
  • Back in the 1830’s Ohio was known for it’s wines.  They were even coveted by the French.  However, Prohibition put the cork on Ohio’s wine business.
  • Due to Ohio’s cold weather, vineyards need to bury the roots of the grape vines 18 inches to protect them from the up to -20 degree weather.  This is true for a lot of places east of the Rockies.

The Wine List

We sampled 6 wines and these are the 3 I like the best.

All the wines we tasted were white and came from along the shores of Lake Erie.

  • Grazing Wine (a.k.a. what you drink while networking) Chalet Debonne Vidal 2008 paired with Harvarti cheese. This wine was delicious because it was sweet.
  • Pinot Grigio:Firelands.  This was a semi sweet paired with Feta cheese.  It was good but best when served with pears.
  • Riesling:Ferrante GRV Signature Series.  This was sweet but not as sweet as the Grazing wine.  It was paired with Gouda and Light Bleu Cheese.

I had never attended a formal wine tasting event.  This one proved to be very enjoyable.  I highly recommend attending one at least once.

Just think of it as another item to cross off your bucket list.

Have a great weekend and remember to:

Scatter Joy

Ralph Waldo Emerson