Maize Valley Market & Winery: A Wine for Every Palate

Maize Valley Market & Winery has evolved every year, creating new wines, adding numerous events for adults, as well as adding family activities your kids will love. On my recent trip to Maize Valley I was able to speak with Scott Mann about Maize Valley’s current wine selection and their plans for the future.

Maize Valley Farm Market & Winery

Maize Valley is currently growing Concord, Catawba, Crescent, Traminette, Frontemac, and Seyval grapes as well as a variety of fruits utilized to produce a wide selection of dry and sweet wines. In late summer or early fall Maize Valley plans to unveil a new dry white blend that is sure to please, so stay tuned.

Maize Valley has two wines that are Ohio gold medal winners, their Cranberry Wine and Riesling. They also have two Ohio Quality Wine recipients, La Crescent and Little Red Pecker. I was able to sample several of their wines, many of which would appeal to a variety of palettes. The Sinfully White is an unoaked Chardonnay with a very light crisp taste for a Chardonnay but still has those buttery undertones that I personally love. The La Crescent was my second sample, and I have to say my favorite. It is a dry white but very fruity, very light and somewhat reminded me of a Sauvignon Blanc. This is a great summer wine, very fresh. Moving on to something slightly sweet is their Riesling. I’m normally a dry wine drinker but this was not overly sweet. It is also very light, easy to drink and with a nice fruit flavor to it. I think it would appeal to sweet and dry white wine lovers alike.

In the red category, I tried their Merlot that just came out in April of 2012. If you like a dry red with a hint of berry flavors, this is your wine. This Merlot would easily stand up to a steak or lamb chop with its full flavor. Apple Pie premiered in December of 2011 and truly is like apple pie in a glass. It has a fresh apple flavor with hints of cinnamon. It is a sweet wine and for me I could drink this instead of eating dessert. In the winter, during one of their Vintner Dinners, Maize Valley combined this apple wine with hot cider and made a fabulous mulled wine. I almost felt like I should be putting whip cream on top of my wine glass!

You can purchase many Maize Valley wines at your local grocery stores, including their number one seller Red Neck Red, a sweet red table wine with a grapey aroma. I suggest, however, you make the trip out to Maize Valley Farm in Hartville, Ohio, to shop their store, sample their wine, and have lunch or dinner on the patio. Enjoy live music on weekend evenings. There are always events going on at Maize Valley, so check their online calendar and plan to visit soon.

June is Ohio Wine Month, so get out there and drink local wines! For more information and a calendar of events, go to MaizeValleyWinery.com. Hope to see you there.

Mary Vlahos

Mary Vlahos has been the Convention Sales Manager for the Canton Stark County CVB for over 10 years, assisting meeting planners with their events and conventions in Canton/Stark County. Mary loves to visit the wineries of Stark County and recommend her favorite wines to her friends and family. Another favorite pastime for Mary and children Jackie and Andrew is hiking though many of the area parks with their dog Bailey. Follow Mary on Twitter @meeteasy.

Team-building a Positive Experience in Canton/Stark County

In the past the words, “team-building activity”, made people roll their eyes and run the other way. There is always the fear that you would have to participate in some humiliating or uncomfortable activity. Times have changed and team-building activities have become less about playing games and more about participating in a fun activity as a team.

Team-building can increase and individual’s confidence within the group, promote the shared mission of the company, and let employees get to know each other better. Team-building activities can be a structured group activity with a final goal or something very casual that allows networking with peers.

Gervasi cooking class

Lots of fun and teamwork at Gervasi's cooking classes

Getting your team outdoors can add to the fun. The Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Ohio, can supply your teams with handheld GPS units to go geochaching on a high technology scavenger hunt. With 10 miles of hiking trails through old growth forest and prairies there is plenty of space for even the largest groups. The Wilderness Center also has many programs, both indoors and out, that can educate your group on nature and the plants and animals native to Ohio. You can add a delectable lunch in one of their many indoor meeting facilities or outdoor pavilions to round out the day.

Hands on activities that let you create something fabulous to eat are also very popular. The Gervasi Vineyard is a beautiful backdrop to any event. Recently opened are the Cucina (kitchen), Event Center, and Villas. The Cucina at Gervasi features a very large kitchen that was built with hands-on group cooking classes in mind. This event can be customized to your group and will include a top chef that can turn your attendees into gourmet chefs. Finish off your event with your attendees sampling the cuisine they have created and pairing it with Gervasi wines. The Villas at Gervasi offer luxuriously appointed guest rooms, and meetings can be held in the adjacent Villa Grande Conference & Event Facility.

Maize Valley Farm Market & Winery combines the relaxing setting of a rural farm with an award winning winery. Take hay rides, sit around a campfire, have a fully catered cookout. Maize Valley can also give educational tours of the vineyards to learn the agricultural aspects behind growing grapes in Ohio. After your team learns the basics of grape growing, complete the day by doing a hilltop tasting in their pavilion. From field to table, your group will be eating and drinking products from Maize Valley Farm & Winery; a great way to include a sustainability aspect to your meeting or convention.

If “health and wellness” is something your company or organization promotes, then Glenmoor Country Club gives you everything you need to build your team up and go home inspired. Choose from golf lessons with a PGA pro, Cardio Fusion or low impact yoga to name just a few options. Include a healthy lunch with a cooking demonstration by Chef Brendan Meeker and receive a recipe card to take home with you. End the day with a relaxing massage in Glenmoor’s fully equipped European spa. Glenmoor can also accommodate all your meeting needs and the attached Bertam Inn can supply overnight accommodations.

Mary Vlahos

Mary Vlahos has been the Convention Sales Manager for the Canton Stark County CVB for over 10 years, assisting meeting planners with their events and conventions in Canton/Stark County. Mary loves to visit the wineries of Stark County and recommend her favorite wines to her friends and family. Another favorite pastime for Mary and children Jackie and Andrew is hiking though many of the area parks with their dog Bailey. Follow Mary on Twitter @meeteasy.

Looking for a Midweek Break? Try “Wine”d Up Wednesdays!

Maize Valley Market & Winery has come up with a new midweek break – “Wine”d Up Wednesdays. Now through October, Maize Valley has extended its Wednesday hours until 9 pm and will feature something special every Wednesday such as live music, Silpada Jewelry, Scentsy Candles, Mary Kay Cosmetics and more.

Gather a group of your friends and head on out for a great evening of sipping wine, eating dinner and shopping. There is something different every week! Visit MaizeValleyWinery.com for a complete schedule. After Wednesday it’s all downhill to the weekend!

Maize Valley Market & Winery is located at 6193 Edison St. NE (St. Rt. 619) in Hartville, Ohio.

Kathy Gray

Kathy Gray is a Social Media Strategist for Pole Position Marketing in Canton, Ohio. Originally from the rural flat lands of Northwest Ohio, she enjoys exploring the rolling hills of Stark County with her husband Aaron and two kids, Andy and Marybeth. They’re always on the lookout for their next big Stark County adventure!

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