So now that I have time to write this (from an uncomfortable bed...sad day)
The Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, OH is amazing. The first time I went two years ago with Lindz early in our relationship we were both under 21 so we could only try out the food, also on a bit of a limited budget. This time around we were able to take in the full experience. Villa, Crush House, Bistro, ect. it was worth every penny. This was probably going to be our last big trip before the Air Force ships me from Wright-Patt AFB in southern Ohio to Guam here in the next few months. I figured this would be a great way to spend one of my last few weekends with my girlfriend before I leave, and I was right. Being in the military, I have attention to detail, but I'll tell you this, I was blown away by their attention to detail, that should tell you something!
Once inside we got to the main villa to check in. First off the main villa (Villa Grande) is beautiful. Inside there is a chandelier made out of their wine bottles, a few other local decor items and a great Tuscan feel. Also this is the first place I have ever checked in that we sat down at a desk with someone while they went over the reservation details, asked us if we wanted anything, what could better our stay, ect. That kind of, we're here for you, whatever you need, just WOW.
Once we got to our rooms. WOW. Every penny I spent was totally worth it. The queen beds and pillows are darn near the most comfortable things you will ever sleep on. Right now my current bed is...disappointing. The bathroom is a dream. Tile floor, stone sink, tile shower with a rainfall showerhead and tool, premium soaps (best shampoo ever), and hidden commode. Oh and I'm surprised I forgot. HEATED TOWEL RACKS. You have no clue what you're missing. This is probably one of the greatest inventions ever made for a bathroom. Seriously this is a must have. My towels all felt as if I pulled them out of a dryer but were nice and soft, cozy, and dried you off in one swipe. The same warmth was brought to our bath robes after we had put them on the rack as well.
The fireplace was a nice little gas one that put out a good bit of heat on the room. Whatever the geothermal heated floor did not warm, the fireplace did. On the subject I don't think heated floor gets warm as in toasty. The most it heated was enough to walk barefoot in the middle of the night with no issues, just warm enough to not be cold. I wished it was a nice warm floor, but hey, beggers can't be choosers. Being geothermal I bet during the summer it's a bit warmer, and combined with A/C running in the villa, is actually better suited for that then. The small desk was very nice, ontop of it was a leather bound book with villa details, dining options, and add ins. Lindz. wanted to do the Mani/Pedi they offered, however those had to be reserved in advance. I wish the vineyard would let guests know add ins needed to be scheduled. The book lists these great features, we probably would have done them, but having to schedule and workaround it, little inconvenience. They could have scheduled it the next day but with check out at 11 and breakfast, etc. but it would have been better to have it pre bistro dinner, ect. Minor inconvenience, but not terrible in any way.
Anyways bistro time. First off, getting ready. The shower. WOW. Set the towel rack on, let it warm up a bit while you listen to music that plays off of their own TV channel. Yes they have their own TV channel, it's set there when you enter the room your first night. They play the same few songs to an info slideshow, but it totally sets the proper mood for the villa. Nice old Frank Sinatra songs, a few Italian songs (Bella Caio, etc.). Anyways, towels toasty, check, premium soaps and shampoos I've never heard of, check, shower turned on, check. Time to enjoy. The shower being a rainshower head, that's awesome. Nice brass colors, tile floor, very big (practically meant for two people), and just looks great. There was a small window about six or more feet off of the ground letting natural light into the shower and bathroom.. The window was insulated too, so it didn't let the cold in just a nice light. The shampoo was the best shampoo I've ever used in my life. My hair is still so smooth from it. Next the soap, very good. I really have to say I've never felt that clean in my life. The only two very minor inconveniences for the shower were: There's no shower door so if you're not under the showerhead you can get a bit nippy, it holds no heat, and the towel rack is next to the door of the bathroom, not by the shower so you walk across the bathroom to get a towel, now the floor gets wet. Again, totally minor inconveniences that do not distract from the experience really whatsoever. The sink is stone and looks so...old and like it's been there forever. On the sink is a coffee maker and a makeup light magnifier thing. On the one side of the wall there is also your commode. It's hidden in it's own room. Even this looks nice. The frosted glass holds the vineyards logo, and the classic amazing Tuscan style walls. So after cleaning up, I was ready, and relax for a bit. Lindzey took longer, she was doing her makeup in one of those lighted mirror magnifier things. I went around and took pictures of the grounds, villa lobby, ect. Once I got back, she was about finished and we had dinner.
On the grounds was also a greenhouse full of fresh plants & flowers, all of this done on site, very incredible.
The bistro is amazing. It is Gervasi's premium food and wine eatery. Our service was excellent, probably the most memorable experience from that night. Our server, Brad was incredible, he went through the wine and recommendations, food choices, ect. The smell was incredible. from the parking lot, it got better as we got to the door. Once inside we were seated, which actually was where we sat for the first time two years ago, very sentimental. One small note while thinking, the menus are presented on these huge copper boards with their logo, how cool! Anyways we started with a wine flight trying three wines. The same three ended up being what we had for dinner.
This was our Dinner--
Appetizers for both of us:
House made garlic bread made on site from baguettes
Salad: Spinach, goat cheese, almonds, clementines, and a cherry vinaigrette
Crab Roll: Jumbo Lump Crab Meat, Cream Cheese, Scallion Aioli, Red Pepper Jam
Lobster Formaggio--House Made Gemelli Topped with Basil Bread Crumbs
House Made Ravioli--Stuffed with Tuscan Kale and Ricotta, Garlic Cream Sauce, Grape Tomato, Zucchini, Squash
Tiramaisu with berries
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce
Lambrusco--White sparkling wine, very sweet, tasty, Lindz had this with dinner after wine flight
Dolcetto--Red dry, medium bodied, had sweet notes to it. I had this with dinner after doing a wine flight
Barbera--Red full oak cab. I thought it was a tasty sip drink wine, not a dinner wine but still great
Santo--Dessert Tawny Port style wine (very strong, but great with dessert)
After we got back, another shower for her to wash her hairspray & makeup off, one for me to relax and enjoy. After we got into bath robes and laid in bed, we finished our bottle of Lambrusco we brought back to the room. It kills me knowing that it was a select wine, and can't be ordered or taken off site. The wine was made specially for Gervasi overseas in Italy. Beautiful white wine. We drank some wine, enjoyed the music and lake view from our window, and went to bed. Good night
I HAD THE BEST SLEEP OF MY LIFE
We wokeup refreshed at about 0830 for breakfast. They delivered a continental breakfast handmade for us in an old wooden wine box. Very touching and very enjoyable. They made us two breakfast sandwiches. A bacon, egg, & cheese, a veggie, egg & cheese, a thing of monkey bread, granola bars, and fresh grapes. The fridge in the villa lobby was filled with complimentary drinks, so we grabbed bottles of cranberry juice and orange juice. Very tasty and enjoyable breakfast. It was so hard to get out of bed after that. The beds just said "come sleep and waste the day away." I could have stayed there all day if we didn't have to leave.
After crawling out of bed, we made our way to the shower one more time. Once we got ready we packed up, took some more pictures, enjoyed the views, and checked out. I still miss that room. Even if I didn't get the king suite, I'll take the room I got, everything was amazing
On our way out we checked out with the front desk, turned in our questionnaire about our stay and headed over to the crush house. The Crush House is the vineyards new upscale, relaxed, more casual dining restaurant/bar and also now the winery operations. Two years ago when we went to the vineyard the winery was below the bistro. According to our server they changed from an 8k gallon capacity winery now to about a 30k capacity winery and is rated one of the most scientific wineries in America. They apparently even had Ohio State come out and check the soil for growing the grapes, Stanford made them a grape seed to grow in Ohio's conditions, ect. They put all this in to produce all of this fantastic wine, but then put this amazing food and properties to pair it all with.
Anyways we got to the Crush House right at open. It was more relaxed, being more of a jeans and polo kind of experience. The big difference here is instead of teas, juices, wine, and soda. This had all the above but signature cocktails with their wines and also OYO, an Ohio based liquor brand (very good stuff btw)
Apricot Bellini--Lambrusco mixed with nectar (also had raspberries)
Glass of Abbraccio (Embrace)--Gervasi's Cabernet Sauvingnon, paired great with my dish as recommended
Loaded Baked Potato Skins--Pancetta, Scallions, Tomatoes, Garlic Cream, Mozzarella, Provolone, & a buttermilk infusion
Steak Florentine--Grilled flat iron steak, carmalized onions, spinach, mushrooms, & bechamel sauce
Also added Noci to the side
On the way out I got pictures of the lower level dining area, the winery that you could see through panes in the walls inside of the crush house, and a few side rooms with beautiful decor. After that, we left the Crush House, our last full visit to the Vineyard...One look around at everything before we departed...After we sighed with sadness that we were leaving such an incredible place, we got in the car and started the long drive south. We at least purchased three bottles of wine to take home with us that we enjoyed. The Lambrusco was Lindz's favorite wine there, I did enjoy it alot, but I did enjoy the Dolcetto red a bit more. To me it paired well with food better, but also could have been used as a simple wine to sit down and relax with. Plus the taste it had was absolutely phenomenal. The Abbracio Cab Sauv. is a great wine, but for me I have to pair it with food or really be celebrating in a fancy way. It's not a come home after a long night and crack a bottle wine, it's too rich for that. The Dolcetto so far takes my pick. The only problem with the first two wines is that almost all of Gervasi's wines are made on property with everything coming from the vineyard except for a few select wines. The Lambrusco, Dolcetto, and Barbera that we tried all were selects. They were fantastic wines, however, they do not let you take these off site in intact bottles. You can purchase a bottle with dinner, but it's not a take home wine sadly.
Anyone who saw this and wants to go, GO THERE. I recommend this place with no questions asked. The grounds and establishments themselves are perfect and really cater to everything. This was like being on a cruse in Canton, OH, which is magnificent. You don't feel like you are in a Northern Ohio rural area. Then on top of it the place really strives to make everything magnificent. Everything from food colors, tastes, decor, smells, ect. there's nothing to complain about. I couldn't even find major nit picks that I have to say I wish they were changed. That kind of product is astounding, and amazing to experience. This place will hurt your budget a bit, my bank account hurt a bit after the trip. However, everything here is INCREDIBLE. No questions asked..
- Also Known As:
- The Villas At Gervasi Vineyard Canton, Ohio