Sunday, April 27, 2014

Powell Village Winery

Photos by OHventures

50 S. Liberty Street, Suite 174
Powell, OH 43065
(614) 505-7465

After a work-related visit down to Columbus, my friend Kory and I wanted to meet up for a bite to eat before I drove back to Northeast Ohio. I asked for him to find the nearest winery to his house, and he came up with Powell Village Winery, which is found tucked away in the picture perfect town of Powell in Delaware County. Described to us as an "urban" winery, Powell Village Winery is camoflauged amongst the downtown storefronts, and is easily missed if you aren't looking for it specifically!

The quaint locale had a trellised entryway to a small summertime patio, and a cozy interior complete with seating at the bar or at individual high-top and low-top tables, some made out of wine barrels! Eclectic and modern, the decor was warming and inviting. We went on a Wednesday afternoon, so the place was not buzzing with too many patrons, but everyone who came in seemed to know the employees well!

While we knew that we were at a winery, we needed to first take care of ordering dinner before diving into the juice! Kory and I each ordered a full-bodied flatbread pizza, which had oregano, basil and rosemary laced crust highlighted with a thin layer of tomato sauce and mozzarella & provolone cheeses. I opted for "The Guido" which came with banana peppers  & pepperoni, while Kory got "The Gina Maria," which had balsamic drizzle and basil-pesto. Other food options on the menu include hummus & veggie plates, cheese plates, and signature bread with dipping oil.

Now that the grub was taken care of, it was down to business! At Powell Village Winery, the wines are made from juices which are purchased from various parts of the country (mostly California) and then made on site. This is typical for urban wineries such as this (and Camelot Cellars in Columbus, for instance), since they do not have the land available to grow their own grapes. While this means that not all of the wines are true Ohio wines, that does not take away from the fact that they are still made in Ohio, and the fact that they are amazingly delicious!

You can order wine in one of three ways: by the glass, one-ounce single taste pours, or in a paddle wine flight (this consists of four half-glasses of wine served in a wine bottle-shaped paddle). Kory got the paddle and I had a few 1-oz. samples (only because I had a long drive ahead of me, otherwise the paddle is the way to go!).

The bartender did an excellent job describing all of the wines to us, and was fantastic at making the best suggestions based on what kinds we were looking for. I am an avid wine drinker always seeking the fun and adventurous wines, but also keeping close to my favorites, which are typically dry red wines. Kory, on the other hand, is completely new to wine and didn't know what kind he would like!

Powell Village Winery does a fine job of creating a nice variety of unique flavors, all of which were tasty in their own way! Based on my tastings, here are some of my suggestions if you want to get a bit adventurous:
  • My Place Or Yours (Gewurtztraminer): An "off-dry" white wine choise with a hilarious name, this won me over with its crispness and spicy notes!
  • Simplicity (White Merlot): The bartender referred to this one as a "patio pounder" because it is SO easy to drink, you would have no trouble downing a whole bottle out on the porch on a breezy summer day.
  • High Maintenance (Bordeaux Style): This is the most popular red wine at Powell Village Winery, and with good reason. A middle-of-the-road red with an oaky, fruity taste.
  • Sugar Daddy (White Cranberry): This was one of the most unique of the fruit-infused wines available. It was sweet, but not too sweet. Other fruit wines at Powell Village Winery include peach, raspberry, pineapple/kiwi, strawberry, and green apple!
  • Guilty Pleasure (Red Zinfandel): You don't come across too many red zinfandels these days, so this was a treat. It turned out to be one of my favorites out of those that I tasted - very bold with cedar notes.
  • Call Me A Cab (Cabernet Sauvignon): Cab Savs are always my go-to wine, and this one did not disappoint. Full-bodied and VERY bold, it is not for the casual or novice wine drinker ;-)
I am so glad to have found Powell Village Winery - it was the perfect spot to catch up with an old friend and soak in our surroundings. Can't wait to come back.

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