SIDEWAYS Along The Lake Erie Wine Trail
Anyone who has become a fan of the wine lover’s
movie “Sideways” knows that the Pinot Noir
grape has become the Holy Grail of wine. This
fickle, but astonishingly elegant, grape thrives in
the cooler climate of Lake Erie. The region’s growers
are producing some of the best quality Pinot
Noirs available today, with notes of strawberry
and spice, with firm acidity and supple tannins.
So go ahead, you’re closer to the Grail than you
may think. Pinot Noir goes great with roast chicken,
pizza, roast lamb, and makes a wonderful
addition to the traditional thanksgiving table.
While touring the wineries in the area, take a step back in time
and soak up the heritage of the Covered Bridges of Ashtabula
County. With 16 covered bridges in the county, driving tours,
and a historic Fall Festival, Ashtabula County is sure to bring
the charms of yesterday to your visit today.
Other attractions along the
Seaway Trail include Presque
Isle State Park, a registered
national landmark, recognized
internationally as an
ecological gem. The 3,100-acre peninsula offers a
unique mix of nature and
recreation. With more than
seven miles of beaches, the
park offers something for all
water lovers – boating,
swimming, sunning, and
fishing are just some of the
activities available to visitors.
Also along the lakefront,
take in a bit of history
by touring the U.S. Brig
Niagara, a reconstruction of
Commodore Oliver Hazard
Perry’s flagship at the Battle
of Lake Erie in 1813. Niagara
keeps the tradition of
square-rigged sailing alive.