Cleveland fans of wine and fine food have the opportunity to experience a fun and tasty Friday evening jaunt when they participate in Ohio wine country’s Winter Glow Progressive Dinner event taking place on three consecutive Fridays (March 4, March 11 and March 18) at three different wineries in the region. All participating wineries are approximately one hour from Cleveland.
Taking place at Grand River Cellars in Madison, Debonne Vineyards in Madison and South River Vineyards in Geneva, this winter event gives guests the chance to enjoy fine wines and delicious cuisine as they travel on this “drive-yourself” tour from winery to winery.
Guests will start the evening at Grand River Cellars at 6:30 p.m. where they will enjoy appetizers and wines chosen by the wine maker. Menu items over the course of the event for appetizers include Polenta topped with roasted vegetables drizzled with smoked gouda cream sauce followed by roasted Tuscan vegetable soup (March 4), a gruyere & thyme-grilled cheese appetizer followed by a balsamic drizzled stem tomato salad with lettuce & blue cheese (March 11) and three cheese & sundried tomato and kalamata olive tapenade over crostinis followed by sweet corn chowder (March 18).
The main course of the Winter Glow Progressive Dinner will take place at Debonne Vineyards where guests will be served the wines chosen by the wine maker as well as items such as Pasta Alfredo with grilled Tuscan chicken and fresh broccoli (March 4) herb roasted pork loin with new potatoes and haricot verts (March 11) and roasted lamb with wine reduction served with cottage potatoes, fresh carrots and Irish soda bread (March 18).
Dessert will be served at South River Vineyards, a most unique winery housed in a century-old church (built in 1892) that originally stood in Shalersville, Ohio. A Lenten menu dining option will be available for those in observance (Italian seafood medley over penne pasta on March 4, Scampi shrimp skewers on March 11) and Lemon peppered cod on March 18).
Cost of the Winter Glow Progressive Dinner is $49.50 per person. The cost includes all food, all wine paired with the food and tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Seating is limited. Hours for the Winter Glow Progressive Dinner are 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
For more information about the Progressive Dinner or to make reservations, call 440-298-9838 or get online at www.grandrivercellars.com. Grand River Cellars is located at 5750 S. Madison Rd. in Madison, Ohio. Debonne Vineyards is located at 7840 Doty Rd. in Madison, Ohio and South River Vineyards is located at 6062 S. River Rd. in Geneva, Ohio. All wineries are approximately a one hour drive from Cleveland.