The North Coast Wine Club and Winery in Solon, OH was awarded Silver: Little Somethin Somethin_red blend and Bronze Appasimento Grand River Pinot Noir awards at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition. NCWC was the only winery in Lake Erie Shores that received an award for a red Vinifera grape varietal Wine (Vinifera are European varietals as compared to the French hybrids that are more prevalently grown in these regions). More than 6,700 wines from over 1,000 North American wineries were represented in the competition. A SFIWC medal has been established as a reliable indication of wine excellence, and wines recognized as medal-worthy by their judges are universally understood to be among the very best.

As Solon’s only licensed and bonded winery, North Coast Wine Club and Winery is a wine-making educational center and commercial wine tasting venue. Visitors and wine enthusiasts are welcome to visit each Thursday from 4:30 to 8:30 P.M. at 30700 Bainbridge Road in Solon.

Jointly operated by Dave Sabo and Tom Radu, the NCWC offers:

  • A wine-tasting room for private and corporate events
  • A place to make wine, utilizing professional equipment in a friendly group atmosphere
  • Educational workshops, tastings, socials, and trips
  • An environment for forging new friendships with people of varied backgrounds over a common passion
  • An array of international award-winning wines

Sabo, a Solon resident and 1975 Solon High School graduate,  previously interned at many local wineries, including Gervasi, Laurello, Laurentia, and Debonne. He is a graduate of Kent State University’s Applied Science of Enology. Radu, a South Russell resident is a lifelong winemaker and hospitality industry member formerly owning and managing both restaurant and bar venues.

“We are honored to receive awards from this prestigious wine competition.  We have taken great care in assembling an enthusiastic team of experienced winemakers and staff and are dedicated to making only the most exceptional wines from the best sources of grapes.” said Radu. The NCWC sources its grapes from all over the world including California, Washington, Oregon, Chile, and right here in Ohio’s Grand River Valley. For more information, please visit