It’s been a pleasant experience getting reacquainted with the Ohio wine scene. A quick glance at the hundreds of winery events provides an unlimited list of sips and trips.

“If you can’t find something to eat or explore in the Akron area, you’re not looking,” said Mike Lytz, owner of Sarah’s Vineyard in Cuyahoga Falls.

The opportunities are endless. Sit on the patio at Nauti Vine in Green and sip on a glass of wine and soak in a spectacular view of the Portage Lakes. Go to the 1860s Blue Barn Winery in Wooster to catch Johnny Cash cover artist Terry Lee Goffee on June 30. Or stop in at Troutman Vineyards in Wooster July 15 for a Goat Yoga session.

If you’d like to bring your dog along, the Winery at Wolf Creek in Norton offers “Yappy Hours” every Tuesday evening throughout the summer.

Among the infinite activities at Gervasi Vineyards in Canton, the Flights & Bites food and wine pairing caught my eye. Not that I wouldn’t mind playing bocci while drinking a glass of Lucello pinot grigio and taking in some yummy patio fare.

Sarah’s Vineyard

My first stop was Sarah’s Vineyard to sample Lytz’s legendary pasta sauce.

“It’s the best sauce and the best meatballs in Ohio,” he claimed. It’s the recipe from his grandmother, Flavia Cerrone, whose roots go back to Montaquila, Italy, a little town between Rome and Naples. Lytz’s grandfather Miguel also made wine, so it’s in his genes for sure.

A sample of their new Italian pierogi, smothered in Lytz’s sauce, was the real deal. The tennis ball-sized meatballs are as good as advertised. I was tempted to lick the plate to get the last bit of Grandma Flavia’s sauce. I used great restraint. A glass of Reserve Red, their old vine zinfandel, to pair with it, and I’ve reached my happy place. And that’s before I’ve even tried their wood-fired pizza.

There are also lots of spots to enjoy a glass of wine: cozy garden benches, tables on the back patio, strolls through the vineyard, sitting in the pavilion with a stone fireplace taking in your favorite sporting event. And sitting inside the wood barn soaking in the artwork. www.sarahsvineyardwinery.com.

South River Vineyard

For the more adventurous, a day trip to the Grand River Valley region in Northeast Ohio lends itself to a infinite number of options. (See related story.) Tour some of the many covered bridges in between winery stops. A visit to the historic South River Vineyard in Geneva is one of my favorites.

The tasting room is a Victorian chapel built in 1892 that once sat in Shalersville in Portage County. It was slated to be demolished in 2000, but was rescued by winery owner Gene Sigel and turned into a tasting room in 2002. Tinted beams of sunlight from stained glass windows illuminate old church pews inside. www.southrivervineyard.com.

If you aren’t into wine, Hoppin’ Frog beers are available to enjoy on their patio, which features a spectacular view of the vineyards. Walk next door and sample spirits at the Red Eagle Distillery. Pack a picnic for these stops, as a cheese plate is the only thing available to nibble.

Kosicek Vineyards

Make sure you leave time to visit Kosicek Vineyards in Harpersfield. The winery is relatively new to the scene (2013), but the farm dates back to the 1920s, when owner Tony Kosicek’s grandparents farmed the land.

Kosicek is making some fabulous wines. They have 25 in all, including an award-winning ice wine. Something for every wine lover.

I tried two of his wines made with estate fruit. I kept shaking my head. This pinot noir is grown in OHIO? One of the more fickle grapes to grow on the planet. Get out of town.

Head up I-90 and sip for yourself. Taste the merlot, too.

“Ohio wines have changed,” said Kosicek. “There’s a lot of us in the Grand River Valley that really work hard at raising the bar on wine.”

When asked what he planned for dinner, Kosicek replied, “A bottle of the pinot noir and a thick cut pork chop from Na*Kyrsie Meats [a local butchery run by former farm-to-table chef Nate Fagnilli and his wife Kristen] will be fantastic.” If you stop, pick up some of their charcuterie to nibble on while exploring the wine trail. www.kosicekvineyards.com.

School House Winery

Another cool stop was at the historic School House Winery, which is a restored one-room school house built in 1886 in Dover. On your way to Amish country, this would make a great side trip. The little red brick building is a quaint spot for exploring. I was impressed with the Pep Rally red, a blend of sangiovese and cabernet.

If sweet wine is your thing, I recommend the Teacher’s Pet. It’s a blend of Concord and Niagara grapes, a great glass to sip on listening to the live Saturday night music and munching on a bowl of pretzels. Don’t forget to try on a Dunce hat and take a selfie to send to all your friends. www.schoolhousewine.com.

Maize Valley

If you need something to do after the Hartville Flea Market, swing by Maize Valley for their Cruisin’ da Vines Metal Muscle Night. Lots of cool cars to take in. Wagon rides for kids, too. I had the $7 pulled pork sandwich with chips and a glass of their best-selling red wine, Big Red Pecker. Great combo.

My favorite white is still the La Crescent semi-sweet white. You could fall in love with the wonderful orange blossom nose, and the flavors of apricot and sweet tangerine. The 2017 Riesling, which won Best of Show from the Ohio Wine Competition, is a great selection for sweet wine lovers. www.maizevalley.com.

Read more of Phil Masturzo’s wine stories at www.ohio.com/akron/writers/phil-masturzo. Contact him at philyourglass@gmail.com.