Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina, about an hour north of Charlotte, is an elegant winery situated on 72 acres with award-winning wines that will please any taste.  Owned by famed Nascar team owner Richard Childress, this is the largest winery in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley wine-growing region.

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Barrel Run Crossing Winery & Vineyard in Rootstown, Ohio is one of those wineries that’s just fun to visit. On a beautiful sunny Ohio day we hopped on the motorcycle and journeyed to the countryside.  A quaint boutique winery with a relaxed atmosphere and a friendly staff all add up for an enjoyable afternoon.  But, lets talk about their wines too!

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Ohio has approximately 250 wineries scattered throughout the state. Today, I’m visiting two on the Lake Erie Shores & Island Wine Trail, Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard and D & D Smith Winery.  I have visited quite a few wineries in Ohio, but this was my first visit to both of these.

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Thorncreek Winery & Gardens in Aurora, Ohio has definitely made quite a transformation since its change of ownership over 10 years ago. Thorncreek Winery is the vision of David Thorn (DTR Associates) and was redesigned inside and out.

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I’ll admit, I had high expectations going to dine at The Twisted Olive in Green, Ohio, after all, this is a Gervasi Vineyard owned restaurant.  Gervasi Vineyard has two first-rate restaurants at their Vineyard in North Canton, Ohio. Could they pull off another dining sensation?

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