$11 for a wine tasting package for two ($19.50 value)
- Wine tasting for two, including a pre-selected dry or sweet flight ($5 value)
- Two take-home Paper Moon glasses ($7 value)
- Small plate to share: cheese plate, ciabatta bread, or hummus basket ($7.50 value)
Hours of operation are Thursday-Saturday noon until 10 p.m. Live music Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sunday–Wednesday.
Paper Moon Vineyards
The Cawrses first opened a family business in 1946. It was a creamery, and became a thriving one, but over the years the family would tweak their focus and move cities. Two generations after the creamery first opened in Lorain, it had become a family-run winery in Amherst. Below, four highlights of that winery, Paper Moon Vineyards.
It's a way to get back to nature: The winery sits on 50 lush acres, planted with thousands of vines for all manner of grapes: vidal blanc, noiret, and chambourcin, to name a few.
The wines have a subtle nautical theme: Think "Sailor's Red" and "Message in a Bottle" (two dry reds) as well as "Lighthouse Cayuga White." It's perhaps inspired by Lake Erie, whose waters sparkle a stone's throw from the winery.
The tasting room is chic. The tables are, fittingly, made from oak barrels. Copper and stucco accents abound too, adding interest to the room in a subtler way than a mascot in a grape costume would.
You can sip your wine with food. The tasting room serves Italian-inspired dishes such as paninis, pizza, and ciabatta bread. They also serve cheese plates—what is wine without cheese?