Ferrante Winery and Ristorante, located along the shores of Lake Erie in Northeastern Ohio is most certainly something to talk about these days. The family-owned winery has been producing award-winning wines since 1937. The continuation of producing quality wines has been key to their success.

Ferrante’s winemaker, Nicholas Ferrante entered his wines at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is currently the largest competition of American fine wines in the world. This year a new record was recorded as the competition reached an astonishing 5,825 entries with over 1,500 wineries from over 25 states.

Ferrante’s 2012 Grand River Valley Vidal Blanc Ice Wine won a very prestigious award, Sweepstake Winner for the Dessert/Specialty wine category. The Sweepstake award is a unanimous vote by all 60 judges in the competition. Judges have experienced, trained palates and knowledge to help them determine the fates of so many entrants. Nicholas Ferrante is extremely pleased with the results, as this competition hosts the best wines in the country.

“It is a huge honor to be recognized for winning the Sweepstake award for our Vidal Blanc Ice Wine. The bitterly cold winters that Ohio is commonly known for aren’t as bitter when you can produce an Ice Wine that is cherished & enjoyed by so many people. We are humbled to share a piece of the Grand River Valley of Northeast Ohio with the West coast. Cheers!,” Nick Ferrante.

Grand River Valley Vidal Blanc Ice Wine is unique with flavors to please every palate. Ice Wine is a dessert wine produced from Ferrante’s select estate grown grapes which are frozen on the vine. Vidal Blanc Ice Wine has rich aromas of apricot and orange blossoms with flavors of honey and ripe melon.

For a list of all the competition winners visit, http://winejudging.com/medal_winners.htm

Join the wineries of the Grand River Valley for their annual Ice Wine Festival. The festival is March 1st, 5th, and 15th from noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy luxurious Ice Wine and appetizers at each of the participating wineries. Ferrante’s will be serving a roasted butternut squash soup with a nutmeg spice ice wine marshmallow. Call (440) 466-8466 for more information or visit our website, www.FerranteWinery.com.