Old Firehouse Winery ferments more than 20 full-flavored vinos along the glistening shores of Lake Erie. Diners can admire the dining room with its shelves of glossy wine bottles to the gently lapping lake. Visitors can opt to purchase sweet and dry wine tastings ($1 for two tasting trays), which each include 10 samples of single-grape and blended varietals. After sampling the full range of sweet and juicy concords to dry and full-bodied chambourcins, duos can imagine how each exquisite vintage would look inside their souvenir wine glasses and how advantageous the imprinted corkscrews would be during a close-range jousting match. In the warmer months, patrons can swill, sniff, and sip from a romantic lakeside overlook on the outdoor tasting patio and supplement the winery outing with a ride on a historic ferris wheel.
The chefs at Casa Capelli dice and dish authentic Italian and Mexican entrees beneath the arched stained-glass ceiling that housed Farmer's National Bank more than a century ago. Explorative eaters can determine their dining destinies from an extensive menu which, like the fridge in the United Nations break room, includes pasta, seafood, Mexican, and grilled fare. Twirl delicate angel hair in varieties such as piccatas, florentines, or chardonnays ($15.99–17.99). Venture south with Casa Capelli's Mexican meals, such as sizzling vegetarian or carnivore-friendly fajitas ($12.99–$17.99) or the pollo de la casa, the restaurant's Mexican specialty, a blackened chicken breast topped with fried vegetables, green onions, tortilla chips, and a weatherproof roof seal coated with melted monterey jack and cheddar cheeses ($15.99).
The Lakehouse Inn & Winery combines a comfy bed-and-breakfast and a boutique grape refinery, which provides casual connoisseurs and dedicated oenophiles with a variety of delicious wines from Northeast Ohio. Toast to the week’s end with a friend or treat your favorite significant other by sharing a platter of cheesy comestibles (an $8 value) and two wine trays, each loaded with five samples of fermented grape juice (a $5 value per tray). The wineporium boasts a bevy of delicious vinos, ranging from the palate-pampering cabernet franc to the area's best-kept spirit secret—the Lake Erie Treasure, a bubble-saturated, dry sparkling wine. During the tasting guests can swirl, sniff, and sip the winery's progeny before selecting the bottle they'd like to take home and raise up into a well-balanced barrel (up to a $26 value).
Having dinner at The Estate on Coffee Creek is sort of like having a lovely meal at a friends' place?that is, if your friends is a gourmet chef and he lives in a beautiful 170-year-old red-brick Italianate house. Inside the house, a different dining table, which seats up to six guests, is set up in each room; guests purchase tickets in advance to reserve one of these tables. Upon arrival, they begin working through one of Chef Nicholas Kustala's multicourse seasonal tasting menus, which can be prepared for both carnivores and vegetarians. If guests so choose, they can pair meals with wine, often including varietals plucked from the area's renowned boutique wineries.
C Tavern Smokehouse Grille, a restaurant nestled in Ohio wine country, serves up large portions of homestyle comfort food in an inviting space with polished wood floors and a stone wall serving as the backdrop. Beer-battered Great Lakes fish, 8-ounce steak burgers, and garlicky shepherd's pies stuffed with smoked meats and smashed potatoes are among its specialties. Diners can pair main courses with pours of wine, beer, and mixed drinks, such as the pumpkin martini.