SANDUSKY, OHIO — Celebrating thirteen years, the annual Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in downtown Sandusky, located next to the Merry-Go-Round Museum at 301 Jackson St. The festival will feature ten fabulous Ohio wineries, gourmet food, live musical entertainment, and a juried art show in neighboring Washington Park. The festival grounds are open Saturday from noon – 7 pm.

Admission is just $10.00 per person and includes a souvenir Toast of Ohio wine glass and four complimentary wine tastings. Tickets will also be available to purchase for exchange of additional wine tastings. Wine tasting tickets are $1 each and glass pours will vary by vendor.

Participating wineries include Paper Moon Vineyards, Firelands Winery, Chateau Tebeau , Humble Bee Vineyards, Matus Winery, D & D Smith Winery, Al-Bi Winery, Vermilion Valley Vineyards, Camelot Cellars, and Maize Valley.

Delicious food selections will be offered by the premier sponsor Vine & Olive Mediterranean Bakery as well as Gram’s Goodies and GessWho Tacos.

A variety of musical entertainment and family fun activities will occur throughout the day, including performances by The Brad Walk Trio from 3-7PM. The adjacent Merry-Go-Round Museum will offer special $2 admission during the festival from 10 am to 5 pm.

Admission fees benefit the sponsoring Merry-Go-Round Museum. Sponsors include Ohio Grape Industries, Vine & Olive Mediterranean Bakery, Foods & Wine, Ohio Magazine, and Lake Erie Shores & Islands. For more information about the Toast of Ohio Event contact the Merry-Go-Round Museum at 419.626.6111 or visit

The Lake Erie Shores & Islands region once featured huge vineyards that spread from east of Sandusky to the western region near the bay because of the lakeshore climate. The Toast of Ohio event was developed to celebrate the area’s winemaking heritage. Today, dozens of wineries still operate in the region. Make a weekend of it with lodging packages available at and tour the area’s wineries. Call 1.800.255.3743 for information.

Press release submitted by:
Kurri Lewis
Merry-Go-Round Museum|



Looking for Mother’s Day ideas? Here are a few suggestions of things you can do with your mom to celebrate her special day.


EVENT:  Mother’s Day Celebration
DATE:  May 14, 2017
TIME: Noon – 7:30 pm
LOCATION:  Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, 5750 S. Madison Rd., Madison, OH  44057
PHONE:  440.298.9838

EVENT:  Mother’s Day Brunch
DATE: May 14, 2017
TIME:  Reserved Seating 11:30, 12:30 & 1:30
LOCATION:  Laurello Vineyards, 4573 OH-307, Geneva, OH  44041
PHONE:  440.415.0661
Entertainment by Mother-Daughter, Legacy Duo

EVENT:  Mother’s Day Spa
DATE: Available May 1 – June 30, 2017
LOCATION:  The Spa at The Lakehouse Inn, 5653 Lake Rd. East, Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH  44041
PHONE:  440.466.8668


EVENT:  Mother’s Day Wine and Chocolate Pairing
DATE:  May 13, 2017
TIME:  1pm – 3pm
LOCATION: Soine Vineyards and Winery, 3510 Clark Shaw Rd
Powell, Ohio, OH 43065
COST: $25/per person
Pamper Mom to a unique wine and chocolate pairing at the winery!  Attendees will enjoy Soine wines paired with complimenting Ghirardelli and other gourmet chocolate samples.  Attendees will receive samples of eight wines from our wine list along with complimentary snacks and light lunch hors d’ouevres.  All mothers will receive a special gift!
Please reserve your spot at: CLICK HERE.



EVENT:  Paint & Pour – Mother’s Day
DATE:  May 10, 2017
TIME:  6:30pm-8:30pm
LOCATION:  Camelot Cellars, 901 Oak Street, Columbus, OH  43205
Why drink out of a plain wine glass when you can have one all spruced up? Come paint on wine glasses in a workshop led by Colleen Scott with Creative Shades and Palettes. A $30 ticket includes two wine glasses to paint and take home as well as one glass of wine to drink! Come join the fun and let your creative juices flow! 
*Tickets must be purchased on Eventbrite prior to event




EVENT:  15th Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour
DATE:  May 13, 2017
TIME:  10 am – 4:30 pm
LOCATION:  Throughout Geauga County, Ohio.
For more information click here.

Then after your day through Geauga County , stop by one of the two area wineries, LaLeure Vineyards and/or Sarah James Cellars for a glass of wine.

EVENT:  Mother’s Day at Laurello Vineyards
DATE:  May 14, 2017
TIME:  11:30, 12:30 & 1:30
LOCATION: Laurello Vineyards, 4573 State Route 307 East, Harpersfield Township, Geneva, OH
PHONE: Please call the winery for reservations (440-415-0661)
Cost: $24.95 adults, $11.95 children under 12, children under 4 free
Tax & 20% gratuity additional
Advance ticket sales only!




EVENT:  “Wine down with Mom” on Northcoast Grapevine Tours Mother’s Day Winery Tour
DATE:  May 13, 2017
TIME: 11:30am – 5:30pm
LOCATION:  Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail
PHONE: 440-282-6598
Looking for a unique gift for Mother’s Day? Why not show her how special she is by taking her on an afternoon tour of the local wineries along the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail. You can spend a relaxing day with your Mom while visiting some of the finest wineries in Northwest Ohio. What better way to show her just how much she is appreciated!





EVENT:  Mother’s Day Paint & Pamper at Diletto Winery
DATE:  May 13, 2017
TIME: 11am – 2pm
LOCATION:  Diletto Winery, 9182 Youngstown Salem Road, Canfield, OH  44406
PHONE: 330.286.3925
PRICE: $49 Includes 5-minute chair massage, live cello music & champagne brunch.

Sip ‘n Paint and a Day of Pampering PLUS CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH:
Enjoy a beautiful live cello performance while sipping a delicious glass of wine/sangria served with french toast, bacon, danish, fruit, yogurt and your first glass of champagne/wine/sangria (other glasses available for purchase). Pamper yourself with mini-massage. In the midst of all this pampering, you’ll have painted a beautiful flower on canvas (choose your color). Instruction/materials provided.

EVENT:  Mother’s Day Celebration at LuVa Bella Winery
DATE:  May 14, 2017
TIME:  Noon – 3pm
LOCATION:  L’uva Bella Winery and Bistro, 6597 Center Rd., Lowellville, OH
PHONE:  330.536.6450 | Reservation form click here.

Chef Leslie promises a meal fit for that perfect mom. Make your reservations early as this event has limited seating.

Mother’s Day is a universal holiday celebrating women across the country that have spent countless hours caring for children. In honor of these special women, L’uva Bella devotes the weekend in observance of the best mother ever… the mother in your heart!

Join us (L’uva Bella Winery & Bistro) on Sunday, May 14th starting at 12 noon. Please make your reservations early as this event has limited seating.

Chef Leslie and her culinary team promise a meal fit for that perfect mom as she introduces a new menu.


For more fun things to do in Mahoning County visit Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 




EVENT:  Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet & ‘Mom’osas!
DATE:  May 14, 2017
TIME:  11am – 4pm
LOCATION:  Buckeye Lake Winery, 13750 Rosewood Rd., Thornville, Ohio  43076
PHONE:  740.246.5665
COST:  Adults – $30, children 4-12 – $15
Treat mom to a day out at the lake! We’ll have a delicious brunch buffet, wine, bloody Mary’s and ‘mom’osas!




Special Villa Rate for Mother’s Day
Sunday May 14th 2017

1700 55th Street NE, Canton, OH  44721
Mother’s Day preferred room rate. All suites available for $159.00 plus resort fee and taxes. In addition we will offer a complimentary order of hand dipped chocolate covered strawberries delivered to your room prior to arrival as our way of thanking you for your stay.

Please call 330-497-1000 option 1 for reservations.

*Please note, The Bistro does NOT have reservation availability for Sunday May 14th 2017.


EVENT:  Mother’s Day Event
DATE:  May 14, 2017
TIME:  Noon – 4pm
LOCATION:  Majestic Oak Winery, 13554 Mohler Rd., Grand Rapids, Ohio  43522
PHONE:  419.875.6474
Enjoy a choice of 2 meal options from Big C’s Smoked BBQ and music starting at 1pm by TCB, trio from Distant Cousinz.
Reservations Preferred by May 10th for this event!
Call or email the winery at 419-875-6474 or
Mom won’t have to cook and you can arrive & eat at your convenience. Reservations for food quantities only.



CANTON, OHIO – Gervasi Vineyard has teamed up with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to produce the first co-branded wine debuting the Hall’s iconic logo.  The specially labeled wine, a Limited Edition label, will make its debut on Monday, August 1 at Gervasi Vineyard.

The 2016 Limited Edition wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon, full bodied with bold layers of black currant, black cherries and notes of plum. As with all wines at Gervasi Vineyard, the wine is given a special name to fit its “personality.” For this first edition, the wine has been titled “Excellence” that ties into the Hall of Fame’s Mission to “Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE!” and the core values learned from the Game: commitment, integrity, courage, respect and excellence.

“Partnering with the Pro Football Hall of Fame for our first co-branded label wine is incredibly exciting for us. Joining Canton’s iconic Pro Football Hall of Fame with Canton’s own Gervasi Vineyard is a perfect fit,” said Gervasi’s General Manager Scott Swaldo. “We are honored to be selected to provide the Hall with this wonderful wine aptly named ‘Excellence,’ as we both celebrate ‘Excellence’ as a core value of our organizations.”

profootball_winrThe 2016 Limited Edition Pro Football Hall of Fame wine will be available for purchase beginning August 1 and will be sold at Gervasi Vineyard, at The Marketplace and The Crush House for $38.50 per bottle (take home only). Gervasi Vineyard now features 27 wine varietals with a focus on classical European varieties and includes three premier estate-grown North American hybrids. The wine varietals range from a dry Cabernet Sauvignon, such as “Excellence,” to a sweet Vidal Blanc Ice Wine.

Winemaker, Andrew Codispoti said, “This partnership is a pinnacle experience, a celebratory juncture in our winemaking journey. It’s a champagne moment bubbling with excitement. We are energized by this chapter of our legacy.”

In celebrating “excellence” as a premier winery, Gervasi Vineyard offers wine education classes, wine tours, and exclusive pairings tours for wine enthusiasts. Complimentary tours of the winery are offered every Saturday at noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. at The Crush House Wine Bar & Eatery. Tours last approximately 30 minutes; no advance registration needed. Guests are invited to taste Gervasi wines either before or after the winery tour at the tasting bar. All domestic GV wines are available for purchase to take home, including the Limited Edition “Excellence.”

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will also offer the Limited Edition “Excellence” wine to groups utilizing the Hall for special events. The Hall offers world-class hospitality opportunities with a variety of event options available including its spectacular main 300-seat Event Center featuring two large theater size screens for presentations. The Hall of Fame’s Hospitality provides full catering and beverage needs plus something nowhere else can offer, a private tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame that features two new exciting attractions, “A Game for Life” holographic immersive experience, and the “Hunt/Casterline Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection” exhibit that showcases the world’s rarest and most valuable football card collection.

Corporate or private event guests will experience “Hall of Fame” service similar to how more than 600 delegates from the Republican National Convention recently enjoyed.

To find out more about how to host an excellent event at “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth,” please contact Brian Proud, Director of Hospitality, at 330-588-3642 or

Press Release submitted by:

Nichole Cardinale, Marketing & Business Development Manager Gervasi Vineyard & GV Destinations; (330) 433-2930

Pete Fierle, Chief of Staff & Vice President of Communications Pro Football Hall of Fame; 330-588-3622