Ice Wine Festival at Laurello Vineyards

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  • 2019 Ice Wine Festival
    Saturday, March 2nd, 9th, 16th • Noon – 5p.m.

    Over three weekends in March, the region joins together to celebrate a unique product of the cold temperatures in the Grand River Valley wine region — ice wine.

    The Wineries of the Grand River Valley welcome you to our 15th Annual Ice Wine Festival. Participating wineries include: Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards, & St. Joseph Vineyards.

    Patrons will 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 event including ice carving, jewelry shows, dog sledding & much more. Cost is $6 at each winery, which includes wine samples, an ice wine glass at each winery, appetizer and special events. (Bring in a canned food item to help support our local food banks and receive $1 off per person.)

    Designate a driver or contact one of our many local transportation companies!

    Appetizer Menu & Events include:

    DEBONNE VINEYARDS
    APPETIZER: Baked Parmesan Dip
    -Sled Dog Demonstration all day
    -Live music Friday night and Saturday afternoon
    -Winter Glow Progressive Dinner- each Friday evening prior to festival
    —–Friday, March 1-Sold out.
    —–Friday, March 8th– https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-glow-progressive-dinner-2-tickets-42210672257
    —–Friday, March 15th– https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-glow-progressive-dinner-3-tickets-42211542861
    -Run & Ice Wine-Sunday, March 3 A 4 mile run between Debonne Vineyards & Grand River Cellars. Details & register at https://my1.raceresult.com/114860/?fbclid=IwAR3WspB9brupdJxC5LqkRvuM8b5iiw-DSxLmclfcI1mi1KyHH93KATo83uQ

    FERRANTE WINERY & RISTORANTE
    APPETIZER: Ice Wine Rockefeller
    -Live music Saturday evening
    -Play the ice wine bottle game
    -Ice Wine Pairing menu for lunch and dinner offered all month. No Reservations Necessary. Visit FerranteWinery.com for our menu & additional information.
    -Ice Wine Bellini Available all month long, additional fee.

    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.
    —–Friday, March 1-Sold Out.
    —–Friday, March 8th– https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-glow-progressive-dinner-2-tickets-42210672257
    —–Friday, March 15th– https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-glow-progressive-dinner-3-tickets-42211542861
    -Live music Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30-10:30.
    -Run & Ice Wine-Sunday, March 3rd A 4 mile run between Debonne Vineyards & Grand River Cellars. Details & register at https://my1.raceresult.com/114860/?fbclid=IwAR3WspB9brupdJxC5LqkRvuM8b5iiw-DSxLmclfcI1mi1KyHH93KATo83uQ

    LAURELLO VINEYARDS
    APPETIZER: Banana Mousse
    -Featuring Beach Glass Jewelry by Rita Burns.
    -Watch a video of this year’s ice wine harvest and pressing.

    ST. JOSEPH VINEYARDS
    APPETIZER: Apple Studel
    -Kryz’s Family Maple Syrup
    -Featuring Premier Designs Jewelry

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    In 1944, Cosmo Anthony Laurello owned and operated a small winery in Ashtabula, Ohio, serving the local area with wine and freshly pressed juice. As wine consumption in America declined and beer came into favor, he closed the winery and went to work for the New York Central Railroad. In 1957, Cosmo founded Delta Railroad Construction Company, Inc. He asked his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Ida, to join the company in 1962. By the mid 70s, Larry’s sons and nephews began working for the company. On the way home from work in 1974, Cosmo directed his grandson Larry Jr., to jump the fence surrounding the Burkholder farm and pick some grapes. This small event brought the dream of this winery to our family. In 1991, Larry Jr. learned that a grape farm was to be auctioned. He recognized it as the same farmland where he had jumped the fence to grab a cluster of grapes for his grandfather. On the following weekend the family gathered at the auction, and with one giant leap of faith, purchased the farm. The dream of owning a winery has become Larry Jr’s. and wife Kim’s reality. Laurello Vineyards is dedicated to our grandfather’s memory.  No less important and influential in our families’ lives are our parents, Larry (now deceased) and Ida Laurello. Both were instrumental in bringing about the dream of the winery. The family continues to own and operate Delta Railroad Construction, Inc. honoring the family’s past while setting down fresh roots for the future. Laurello’s mainly creates Old World–inspired blends and single-varietal wines with crisp acidity and firm tannic structure to balance the fruit-forward notes. Ohio-grown grapes appear in many wines such as an off-dry, pear-tinged Riesling, an unctuous Cabernet Franc and our Cabernet Sauvignon blend, aged in French oak barrels.  Award winning Ice wines are also produced featuring our unique Habanero Ice Wine, “Simply Mad.”

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