Annual Ice Wine Festival
15th Annual Ice Wine Festival, Saturday, March 2nd, 9th, 16th • Noon-5 p.m.
Participating wineries include: Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards, St. Joseph Vineyards, South River Vineyards & Red Eagle Distillery.
Patrons can visit each of the participating wineries and sample their Ice Wine along with a complimentary appetizer .
Many of the wineries will also have a featured events.
Cost is $6 at each winery, which includes wine samples, an ice wine glass, appetizer and special events. (Bring in a canned food item to help support our local food banks and receive $1 off per person.) Call 440-466-3485 for more information.
Appetizer Menu & Events include:
APPETIZER: Baked Parmesan Dip
Sled Dog Demonstration all day, Ice Wine Mule (additional fee),Live music Friday night and Saturday afternoon,Winter Glow Progressive Dinner- each Friday evening prior to festival.
FERRANTE WINERY & RISTORANTE
APPETIZER: Ice Wine Rockefeller
Live music Saturday evenings, Ice Wine Pairing menu for lunch and dinner offered all month; Visit FerranteWinery.com for menu & additional information.
Ice Wine Bottle Toss Game
GRAND RIVER CELLARS WINERY & RESTAURANT
APPETIZER: Thai Peanut Sauce over Noodles
Featuring Ice Carving at 12 p.m.; Delightful Soy Candles featuring Ice Wine Candles; Ice Wine Marshmallow Roast All Day (small additional fee); Ice Wine Martini’s (additional fee)
Winter Glow Progressive Dinner – each Friday evening (see Debonne Vineyards above);
Live music Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30-10:30. Run & Ice Wine-Sunday, March 3rd (see Debonne Vineyards above)
APPETIZER: Banana Cream Mouse
Featuring Beach Glass Jewelry. Watch a video of this years ice wine harvest and pressing
APPETIZER: Apple Strudel
Kryz’s Family Maple Syrup; Featuring Premier Designs Jewelry
SOUTH RIVER VINEYARDS
Concord or Blush Ice wines sampled in imprinted Sun Glass
Red Eagle Distillery
Stop in for an Ice Wine Cocktail featuring South River’s Blush Ice Wine, Berry Hard cider with a rotating spirit each week from the Distillery.
1 oz Grand River Cellars 2016 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
1 oz Red E Vodka
1 oz Champagne
Combine all ingredients and shake. Garnish with frozen grapes. Enjoy!
Homemade Ice Wine Marshmallows:
¾ cup ice wine-recommended Grand River Cellars Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
¾ cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Powdered sugar for dusting, canola oil for greasing
Place ice wine in a small saucepan over medium heat & simmer until reduced to 4 tsp, watching closely at the end to prevent scorching; cool. Pour ½ cup of water into mixer bowl, sprinkle with gelatin, and let stand 10 minutes to soften. Meanwhile, combine remaining water, sugar, corn syrup in a small saucepan & bring to boil. Then boil vigorously for 1 minute. Stir in gelatin mixture & the salt. Beat with mixer on high speed for 8 minutes. Add vanilla and reduced ice wine & continue beating for 2 more minutes. Transfer mixture into 9 inch square pan lined with canola oiled plastic wrap, using an oiled spatula to spread evenly. Allow to set for several hours in a cool but not refrigerated area. When firm, remove from pan, cut into squares with a lightly oiled knife & toss each square in powdered sugar to coat.