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I’d like to say it all started with the case of Meranda-Nixon 2013 Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc that Bushmaster won on the Action Auction when I was out of town. However, I had been wanting to bring him here since Aary and I visited in February.  I just knew he would love this winery.  He quickly made friends with all the winery dogs, but it was the wine to which I really couldn’t wait to introduce him.

Their two page wine list offers something for everyone.  During our time there, we enjoyed a wonderful visit with co-owner Maura Meranda and sampled the following:

  • 2016 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
  • 2016 Traminette
  • 2014 Catawba Estate Wine
  • 2015 Estate Sparkling Catawba
  • Red Oak Creek – a blend of Traminette and Norton
  • 2014 Estate Cabernet Franc
  • 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2014 Estate Norton
  • 2013 Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc
  • 2013 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

There wasn’t a wine we didn’t like!

Their Chardonnay was one of the best we had ever tasted and reminded us so much of the Michigan Chardonnays that made us relinquish our claims to be “ABC Drinkers”.

Bushmaster, who typically does not care for sparkling wines, admitted he found the Sparkling Catawba to be the exception.

The Norton, just as last time and no surprise at all, was my all around favorite.

We both agreed that Bushmaster had done well winning the 2013 Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc.  During my previous visit, I had opted for the pepper of the 2014, but this time the smoothness and richness won me over.  Maura had graciously offered to allow us to trade our case in if we found something we liked better and prior to our tastings I thought I would be tempted. However, in the end we declined. Quite often, Bushmaster’s and my tastes vary so much.  It was especially nice to find a wine upon which with both agreed was exceptional.  There’s just something about sharing a single bottle of wine with the person you love.

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Meranda-Nixon is frequently host to special dinners and events that Maura coordinates. Winery activities are a family affair with all the Meranda children pitching in to help. Their tasting room is bright and airy and a perfect place to relax with a bottle of wine. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the unique metal sculpture chandeliers.

Maura, Bushmaster, and I chatted for quite some time as we enjoyed our samples and then took us out to their production room.  Wine maker and co-owner Seth Meranda was hard at work assisting a friend with with bottling his own personal wine.  We were treated to a taste of this as well as barrel tastings of the up and coming batches of Cabernet Sauvignon and their Norton/Cabernet Franc blend.  There’s just nothing like sampling the new wines straight from the barrels!

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Our plans this summer are sure to include another road trip or two to Meranda-Nixon for a delicious dinner and more of their amazing wines.  It is most definitely worth the drive to experience some of the best wines we have had in Ohio.

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