Voted Best Wine Shop in 2010 by CityVoters, Colonial Wine & Beverage offers a dazzling array of wines from across the globe. Colonial's seasoned sippers tantalize clients' taste buds with a selection of 12 wines from its extensive collection during the three-hour wine tasting. Guided by the vinological knowledge of the staff, curious imbibers can ask questions or improvise their own elaborate wine back stories that involve young grapes in love breaking free from the barrel they were born into.
For three days in June, the Ohio Celtic Fest transports Midwesterners to the Emerald Isle with authentic music, dance, and merriment. Intended for Irish-Americans and non-Irish alike, the festival cultivates a connection with the old country through multiple performance stages filled with Irish musicians from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Merchants offer an array of Celtic-themed gifts, jewelry, and embroidered goods, and a children’s area offers entertainment for the little ones, which can include puppet and magic shows, and a petting zoo.
Alesci’s embraces family traditions. If it’s not already apparent by the third generation of brothers who co-manage the deli and grocer, it shimmers to the surface in the stories of old regulars and those who remember Grandpa Frank Alesci. Starting with Frank, and now for more than 50 years, the Alesci family has curated a collection of imported products, providing immigrants with the sought-after goods from across the pond. Beyond that, it’s a place for fresh, crusty bread, pizza, a myriad of cheeses, and deli meats sliced by hand. Inside the 7,000-square-foot location, shelves are lined with everything from polenta to biscotti, olives to olive oil, and peppers who share space with their natural enemy: the tomato.
The Vintage Ohio Wine Festival gathers 19 Ohio wineries to disperse the finest grape bloods on-site, offering wine lovers a tasting-packed weekend at bucolic Lake Metroparks Farmpark. In addition to admission, budding Bacchae will receive a free souvenir glass from which to sample sips and properly quaff wines available for purchase by the glass. Festival-goers will be treated to live music on three stages from the festival's opening at 1 p.m. until it shuts down at 10 p.m. Those seeking a more edifying experience can opt for the Wine Education Tent, where they'll hear discussion on Ohio's five grape appellations, why ice wine is so popular in the state, and why Freon wine is not.
Cuisine Type: Barbecue and
American comfort food
Reservations: Not necessary
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Smoked meats
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
The aroma of Southern-style barbecue fills Tavern of Solon, rising above the top of its restored 1950s high-school scoreboard and up to the ceiling. Under the watchful eye of owner Rich Earle, the casual pub crafts dishes such as Angus burgers topped with Carolina-style barbecue pork and smoked or fried wings entirely in-house. The pillars of the menu, though, are the slow-smoked barbecue platters—pork, brisket, chicken, and baby back ribs—paired with traditional sides, including coleslaw and cornbread muffins. Events, such as live music on Saturday nights and screenings of Sunday- and Monday-night NFL games, contribute to the lively atmosphere. Decades-old photos of the city of Solon line the walls, conjuring a blend of local pride and nostalgia.
Nestled in the heart of Cleveland's historic Little Italy district, Little Italy Wines transports oenophiles to a fermented-grape wonderland surrounded by shelves overflowing with bottles hailing from all corners of the globe. Taking place most Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m., the tastings give sippers the opportunity to enrapture taste buds with a spread of pressed-grape goodness that is selected and described by the shop's cultivated wine experts. An included cheese-and-cracker plate provides toothsome accompaniment to sampled wines, delicately pairing piquant morsels with pleasant pours. After the tasting, customers choose between a bottle of red or white wine to take home for domestic delectation or as a desperate placating gesture toward California Raisins threatening dance-ridden riots if they don’t get a share of their boozy brethren.