Mario Mazza, VP and general manager of Mazza Wines, recommend a handful of Erie region wines that merit national attention. Given his steadfast support of his fellow growers, it’s no surprise that he includes many of his neighbors.
21 Brix: Dry Riesling
A clean and refreshing Riesling whose flavors can be enjoyed now or allowed to develop with careful aging. Riesling thrives along Lake Erie and this is a great example of a top-class dry style.
Presque Isle Wine Cellars: Grüner Veltliner
A personal favorite variety that is wonderfully suited to growing along Lake Erie. This selection exhibits fragrant varietal characteristics, balanced mouthfeel, and a crisp acidity that makes it versatile with food.
Johnson Estate Winery: Brut
A delightful example of sparkling wine from the shores of Lake Erie that shows a wonderful balance of fruit and sur lees character. One of several local sparkling wines that stand up to both domestic and imported sparklings.
M Cellars Winery: Reserve Cabernet Franc
A noble red grape that produces great cool-climate styles in the right sites along Lake Erie. This wine shows how elegant and delicious cool-climate reds can be.
Mazza Wines: Perfect Rosé
A bright and refreshing pale rosé that shows beautiful fruit and clean acidity—a year-round, dry rosé. The name says it all as to why it deserves a taste!
Story by Mario Mazza / Photography by Jeff Swensen
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