I took a day off to head out Jefferson, Ohio home of a subject of a piece on this blog a few years back; the Jefferson Diner. There, while having lunch, I chatted with State Representative John Patterson about politics with a small “p” and what we need to expect next year. We were completely unaware of the upcoming news about Sean Spicer re-signing and the rest of the stuff that hit the cable news networks this evening. However, I did learn a few things today over a wing-ding lunch. For starters, despite the heavy turn-out Ashtabula had for Trump in November, most county-wide offices are still held by Democrats. I also saw first hand that, at least on a local level, Democrats and Republicans still work together because a local official out there thanked my lunch mate for all his help on a situation regarding a local organization out there.
Another thing he mentioned to me was that, on the way back home, I should stop at a family owned winery that to be honest I never saw before. Having done a piece on Grand River Wine Country for this blog, naturally I was curious and drove down Route 534 further than I usually do to see Kosicek Vineyards. Only four years old, it has a very nice wine tasking room and a deck overlooking the vines. One wine I tasted was a Cabernet Sauvignon ice wine which I never saw before but later learned is also produced in some Canadian wineries. This place is one of many new establishments that have popped up in the Grand River Wine Country to the delight of local day-trippers and of course local officials.
Photograph by James Valentino.