The Swiss Heritage Winery, which is located at the Broad Run Cheesehouse in Dover, OH, is pleased to offer a new wine: Coal Miner’s Daughter American Watermelon Wine. Named for the owner, Nancy Schindler, this newest variety is a tribute to Nancy’s father, who was a coal miner, and his coal miner’s daughter. Nancy has memories of her dad coming home from the mines and sharing watermelon with her on the porch. She also remembers when he used to fill watermelon rinds with wine and drink to the then—popular song, “Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine”. This wine honors her father and her memories of him. The picture on the label is of Nancy when she was two years old.
Swiss Heritage Winery has been a maker of fine wines since 2003. They started with Cranberry Wine and have since added over a dozen more wines, including ones called First Love, Dog Gone Good Sweet Red Wine, Han’s Favorite Blend Fruit Wine and Cheesemaker’s Red. Many of their varieties are sweet and fruit-flavored, but they also have some semi-sweet and dry wines.
But, cheese making was the main activity until the winery was added. Broad Run Cheesehouse was started in 1933 when a group of local farmers wanted to make extra money from their milk. The dairies that had been buying their milk were bought out by a larger dairy. The price of milk was cut, so they formed a co-op and hired a cheese maker to make cheese for them. They began by making Swiss cheese and later added Brick and Muenster. Soon their cheeses became popular across America. Broad Run Cheesehouse makes some of the finest Swiss cheese in America today that have earned many awards for their outstanding flavor. Their business was named the Ohio Grand Champion Cheese in both 2001 and 2010. Today they make only Medium and Sharp Swiss cheeses.
The owners of Swiss Heritage Winery want to emphasize the combination, or “marriage of”, cheese and wine. The wine makers at Swiss Heritage Winery want wine lovers to know that a good wine deserves a good cheese, such as the 2010 Grand Champion Swiss Cheese made at Broad Run Cheesehouse. The new Coal Miner’s Daughter American Watermelon Wine would pair nicely with Gouda and Jarlsburg, both imported cheese sold at the store, or their own Grand Champion Medium Swiss cheese.
Visit their website at broadruncheese.com