Ohio’s wine industry was built on sweet wines from varietals like Niagara, Concord and Catawba and although winemakers are introducing more European-style dry wines, Ohioans still love their sweet wines. This sugary little white wine is 100 percent Niagara and labeled and named after Edith, the last of 130 dairy cows to be sold from Maize Valley’s dairy herd. Sips of sweet red wines are wonderful with chocolate desserts.
The juice for Maize Valley’s Chardonnay comes from Washington State. It’s just another example of the farm’s attempts to maintain diversity in what it can offer visitors who arrive all year long to sip and sample wines. Chardonnay can be produced into wines that range from dessert sweet to deliciously dry. This one is buttery, slightly oaky with hints of vanilla and buddies up beautifully with this delicious Caponata, a Sicilian appetizer or side dish, especially nice with roasted chicken.
The Frontenac wine grape is a versatile variety that has found a home at the Maize Valley Winery. Relatively new in the wine making world, it bravely stands up to sub zero temperatures and unpredictable winters. Not as bold and dry as a Cabernet but not as sweet as a Concord wine, it earned the label “Middle of the Road” and goes well with grilled meats like this flavorful cut. If there are leftovers, add them to a salad the next day.