Community Library hosts winemaking event

July 24, 2014

Some wine lovers dream of fleeing the big city, buying a few acres, planting some grapes, and living out the rest of their lazy days swirling and sipping under the sun.

James Rousseau will introduce the science and art of winemaking, starting from the growing of the grapes to learning about the different types of wine. Rousseau works at Lake House Inn and Winery in Geneva-on-the-Lake and at the Ferrante Winery in Geneva. He is a level one sommelier and co-president of the Wine and Grape Club at Kent State Ashtabula campus.

“My whole life I’ve been around winemaking to some degree,” Rousseau said. “I attempted to make my first wine by myself at age 20, so it would be ready when I turned 21.”

Rousseau will explain the steps in choosing the grapes, planting and raising the vines, harvesting and then creating the wine. There will be a brief wine tasting as he explains about the different types of wines and how to produce them.

The event is open to people 21 and older and free to attend but requires preregistration.

Enrollment is now open for Winemaking 101, 7 p.m. August 5 at Community Library. You may register by calling Community Library at 740-965-3901 or email Mary at

For more information contact the library at 740-965-3901Community Library is located at 44 Burrer Dr, Sunbury, OH 43074