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Shona Carr

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Raven's Glenn Winery Review

Region: Ohio

Reviewed: March 3, 2012 by Shona Carr
Published: March 24, 2012

It is not hard to understand why Raven’s Glenn Winery promotes itself as “Ohio’s Crown Jewel of Wineries”. The grapevine-lined driveway leads directly to the large parking lot that surrounds the production facility, tasting room and restaurant.

The Place:  The winery’s covered porch, with white rocking chairs, welcomes visitors as they approach the tasting room’s doors. Inside the winery, the long tasting bar, which can service at least 20 to 25 people, is surrounded by large wine displays and a large shopping area filled with wine-related merchandise. A full-service Italian restaurant, located towards the back of the tasting room, overlooks the Tuscarawas River. If it is a nice day in Ohio, you can enjoy your meal or a bottle of wine outside under the covered seating area, overlooking the river and neighboring golf course.

The Experience:  I entered the winery and immediately entered the line to participate in a tasting at the tasting bar. The server was cheerful and informative as she described the wines and told me about the winery. While I was there, I decided to eat at the restaurant and enjoyed a wonderful meal, provided by friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff, that included bread with a tomato basil dipping sauce, house salad and chicken marsala. The service, wines and meal were spectacular and I would highly recommend that you stop in and experience the winery yourself.

The People:  Robert and Renee Guilliams, retired health care executives, opened Raven’s Glenn Winery in 2004. They initially planted grape vines in 1995 at a vineyard a few minutes from the winery. They subsequently planted another five acres of grapes near the winery. Robert is the winery’s viticulturist and cellar{}master and their son, Beau, is the winemaker.

The Wines:  Raven’s Glenn Winery has three tasting options, each of which is only $2 and includes a souvenir wine glass. The first option is their dry wines, which includes: Chardonnay ($11.99); Pinot Grigio ($11.99); White October ($19.99); Merlot ($13.99); Cabernet Sauvignon ($14.99); Red Zinfandel ($15.99); and Syrah ($12.99). The second tasting option is their semi-sweet wines, which includes: Riesling ($12.99); Vidal Blanc ($11.99); White Merlot ($10.49); White Zinfandel ($7.99); White Raven ($10.49); and Raven Rouge ($10.49). The third tasting option is their fruit wines, which includes: Cherry ($9.99); Red Raspberry ($13.99); Blackberry ($13.99); Passionate Peach ($9.99); Sangria ($8.99); Chantilly Lace ($9.99); and Vidal Blanc Ice Wine ($28.99). Raven’s Glenn offers a 10% discount on mix or match case purchases.

Extras:  Raven’s Glenn offers group winery tours by appointment, group banquets and buffets, and wedding and reception services. Check out their website to find out about their special events that they hold throughout the year.

Address & Contact Information: 56183 County Rd. 143 West Lafayette, Ohio 43845. Telephone: 740-545-1000, website: Tasting Hours: Jan-Apr: Mon 11:00-4:00, Tues-Sat 11:00-9:00, Sun 11:00-4:00; May-Dec: Mon 11:00-6:00, Tues-Sat 11:00-9:00, Sun 11:00-4:00.

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