August 2016: Springfield Grille event pairs summer wines with seafood selections

Tom Smith, general manager of Boardman Springfield Grille, with Elaine Zedack of Pennsylvania-based Land and Sea food distributors. Electronic image by John Webster. I found a number of tasty wines at Springfield Grille’s most recent monthly wine taste. Their “Under the Sea” dinner paired great wines from Heidelberg wine distributors to Pennsylvania’s Land and Sea […]

Wine Guy January 2016: Donavito’s pairs cuisine with wonderful California wines

Pictured: Alan Donatelli and B.J. Sulka at the wine taste at Donavito’s Restaurant in Struthers. (Electronic image by John Webster) By JOHN WEBSTER | METRO MONTHLY WINE & FOOD COLUMNIST This holiday season saw many fine wine events for thirsty wine aficionados. I attended Cork & Cap’s dinner taste at Vernon’s Cafe and was very pleased […]

October 2015 Wine Guy: Annual Bacchanalia includes judging wines, stomping grapes

By JOHN WEBSTER | METRO MONTHLY COLUMNIST As autumn arrives, I have great wines to share with you for upcoming holiday get-togethers. Most of my picks are surprisingly undervalued, and won’t break your holiday wine budget. My first tasting took me to the Trumbull Country Club in Warren for Micro Doctor’s Wine Down Business Mixer […]

September 2015 Wine Guy: Station Square pairs special menu with superb wine selections

By JOHN WEBSTER | METRO MONTHLY WINE COLUMNIST Our midsummer weather is always a challenge for wine selections at mealtime. This month, I’ve selected a number of red and white wines that should please most palates and budgets. In mid-July, I attended a Station Square Ristorante wine dinner featuring six delicious Italian white wines paired […]

July 2015 Wine Guy: Rounding up seasonal tastes, picks on varieties

ABOVE: Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center volunteers at their fundraiser. L to R: Karen Henry, Paula and Jay Patterson, Tom Butch, Jim Kerr, Darlene Naukam, John Ferrante, Kathy Cattrell. Metro Monthly electronic image by John Webster. By JOHN WEBSTER | Metro Monthly Wine Columnist This month, I have lots of wine tastings to report on, […]

March 2015 Wine Guy: Springfield Grille hosts wine dinner showcasing Clos du Bois winery

Pictured: Chookie Alberini (left) performed with his band at the annual Mardi Gras celebration last month at Vernon’s Cafe. Vernon Cesta is pictured on the right. Electronic image by John Webster. By JOHN WEBSTER | Metro Monthly Wine Columnist Late January and February with all its cold weather provided a number of great wine dinners and […]

February 2015 Wine Guy: Mead flows at Rust Belt’s Viking heritage festival

Left to right: Bob Miller of Woodland Cellars, Tap House owner Ken Blair, and Nathan Wilson and Mike Robbinson of Woodland Cellars celebrate at the Tap House’s Nordic Viking festival, Thorrablot. Metro Monthly photo by John Webster. BY JOHN WEBSTER | METRO MONTHLY WINE COLUMNIST January provided many great opportunities to sample fine affordable wines at […]

January 2015 Wine Guy: Great wines at great prices; seasonal beers at Rust Belt Tap Room

Tap Room Manager Matt Lageson (left) and Southern Tier representative Travis Sessions at the Tap Room’s seasonal beer tasting in December. Photo by John Webster. By JOHN WEBSTER | METRO MONTHLY WINE COLUMNIST December was filled with many fine tasting and house parties, and I discovered quite a number of great wines at prices everyone […]

November 2014 Wine Guy: Fall wine pairings prepare Valley for holiday season

By JOHN WEBSTER | Metro Monthly Wine Columnist October wine tastings produced a number of great wines, paving the way for the upcoming holiday season. On Oct. 24, Michael Charles Wines (Elm Road) teamed up with Vernon’s Café in Niles to host another of Michael Charles’ wonderful bimonthly dinner tastings. The evening began with a […]

October 2014 Wine Guy: Seasonal beers, whiskeys on tap at Rust Belt Brewery

Bob Sanata is the new wine director at Springfield Grille in Boardman. Electronic image by John Webster. By JOHN WEBSTER | Metro Monthly Wine Columnist September was filled with many fine events featuring great wines, tasty beers and handcrafted whiskeys. Jeff Brayn of Rust Belt Brewery invited me to the Tap House on Commerce Street […]