Three Rivers Wine Trail
Coshocton County, Ohio
As is tradition, the girls assembled for an afternoon of wine tasting to celebrate Di’s birthday. I’d done a little research into wineries we hadn’t visited before and decided on Coshocton County’s Three Rivers Wine Trail, less than an hour south of Canton. I asked Joanna, who usually does not attend winery events because she supposedly doesn’t like wine, to be our Designated Driver. Jan offered her van and seven of us piled in for a spring Saturday afternoon of wine tasting.
Our first stop was Yellow Butterfly Winery, a converted barn in picturesque farm country. We all made our selections at the Tasting Bar, each trying various sweet fruit wines- except Joanna because she was the DD. I took a sip of raspberry wine and asked Joanna if she’d like to try it. She downed the whole glass the same way I’d knock back a shot of tequila. I raised an eyebrow but continued on with my other selections. So did Joanna. Our ‘DD’ managed to finish quite a few sips of wine at the very first winery we visited.
Jan drove us to our next location. Rainbow Hills Winery is located even deeper into Coshocton County countryside. Jansportation (what I like to call Jan’s minivan) barreled down dirt roads, took on the steep inclines of one-lane passes and kicked up a cloud of dust as we made our way down the winery’s long driveway. We walked into the cozy Tasting Room with a roaring fire and immediately felt comfortable. The owner told us all about the property, the B&B on site, summertime BBQ parties while we sampled various wines.
Our last destination was Raven’s Glenn Winery. By this time Megan was telling Joanna to lay off the booze, we were all hungry and the restaurant had a long wait. We decided to wrap up the evening at a Mexican restaurant and head home. Jan drove the whole time, Joanna got pretty drunk and, as always, we all had a blast on our winery adventure.