It’s June (!) and that means it’s Ohio Wine Month! There are so many incredible wineries in Ohio – some I have been to and many I haven’t. While some great wineries are starting to open back up and I can’t wait to venture back out, we are still staying home as much as possible. SO, in the spirit of still celebrating Ohio Wine Month (I’d never pass up on an excuse to drink wine), I created a little #StayHomeOhio tasting right in my backyard with some of my siblings. I was challenged by Ohio Wines to create some unique pairings and since there is absolutely NO better time to support local small businesses, I decided to pair some Ohio wines with my favorite local foods. One of my favorite things in the world is a nice, long dinner with lots of wine. So, we did just that! It was my perfect meal from start to finish.
I shopped at Flight and Giant Eagle Market District for the wine. I kind of just blindly chose based on what I thought looked good! And the labels that looked fun…you know, very strategic. I also tried to shoot for wineries I’ve never been to in order to try something new and different!
Lonz American Cream Concord + Mia Bella’s Burrata
Our “welcome cocktail” was chilled Lonz American Cream Concord with seltzer and fruit. This was realllly sweet and we all said it would be the perfect drink for a pool day. To be honest, sweet wine isn’t my favorite so I could definitely only have one of these! We paired the cocktail with a Burrata appetizer from Mia Bella in Little Italy. Creamy cheese, olive oil, black pepper, balsamic, tomatoes – amazing!
Debonne Vineyards’ Cabernet Franc + JBella’s Strawberry Salad
Second up, we paired Debonne Vineyards’ Cabernet Franc with my favorite salad in Cleveland – JBella’s Strawberry Salad! JBella is right up the street from us so we are frequent customers. The salad I always get has strawberries, candied pecans, goat cheese, and the best sweet and sour celery seed dressing. It’s honestly incredible and HUGE. The dinner portion is enough for dinner and lunch the next day! The Cab Franc was a fabulous start to the sit down portion of our meal. It was light and easy to drink. I have never been to Debonne Vineyards but after looking at the pics of the property, it’s definitely a must! Hopefully we can get there later in the summer.
M Cellars’ Meritage + Mia Bella’s Tortellini
For our main course, it was Mia Bella’s pasta. The cheese tortellini with spicy creamy tomato sauce and peas might just be my favorite meal ever. It paired perfectly with M Cellars’ Meritage which was absolutely delicious. It was by far our favorite wine. It is a bold and dry blend that I will definitely be getting again! Red wine and pasta…is there a better pairing?
Chalet Debonee’s River Rouge + Zari’s Cakez Chocolate, Strawberry, Raspberry Cake
We rounded off our pairing with Chalet Debonne’s River Rouge. It was described as “semi-sweet” but to me, it was really sweet so I’m glad we saved it for dessert. We paired it with a cake from Zari’s Cakez, a local baker. Zarina actually lives in my neighborhood and all I had to do was send her a photo of this wine bottle and she worked her magic (isn’t working with a small business just the BEST?!). She decided to make a chocolate cake with alternating strawberry and raspberry curds finished with Swiss meringue buttercream. The flowing red river was accented with gold details…it was almost too pretty to eat. But we ate it. And it was incredible. I’ve also had her cupcakes and cake pops and can honestly say she makes some of the best desserts in Cleveland!
Do you have a favorite Ohio wine? Please share!
Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Ohio Wines.