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September 04, 2020

Good Wine Made Fun that Celebrates Cleveland and Creates Community!

8/4/2020: Our little business of Good Wine Made Fun that Celebrates Cleveland and Creates Community is part of an international movement!! It is such an amazing honor to be featured in a story in the international wine industry publication Decanter magazine about the rise of urban wineries in the United States… they even rated our Bourbon Barrel-aged Red Blend CLE Urban Wine at 88 points!

7/28/2020: We love Future Heights, our Community Development Corporation here in Cleveland Heights/University Heights. Check out this great video they produced about the good work they do for our community, featuring our own Destiny Burns!

7/15/2020: Four years ago today, we opened our doors and invited you to join us for Good Wine Made Fun that Celebrates Cleveland and Creates Community! Since then, we have worked each day to make a connection with you all, to build the future of this little business by bringing you yummy wine and exceptional experiences, to achieve every day as we improve and grow, to be positive and to deliver great products and service all the time to every guest! These are our core values that guide and sustain us, through good times as well as challenging times, in an environment of accountability, respect, fun and, most of all, deep gratitude. Thank you all so much for your ongoing support – especially during this difficult time – it truly means the world to us! Cheers to many more years of raising a glass to Cleveland!

6/27/2020: I wanted to take a moment and express my enormous and sincere gratitude to our wonderful customers! We just finished our 4th week since reopening the Tasting Room – I was nervous, but everyone has been so gracious, complementary and patient, and that has brought such great joy to my weary heart! It has been wonderful welcoming you back safely, and meeting so many first time guests as well as reconnecting with so many loyal friends… your support fed my soul this past month and I can’t thank you enough! Cheers with all my love 😃❤️🍷 ~ Destiny

6/2/2020: We hit the pause button on our Tasting Room operations on March 15th in the interest of public health and safety. In the two months since, we have sincerely appreciated all your online wine orders, your participation in our pop-up retail events, your purchases from our wholesale partners and the incredible support of our wonderful U-Dub Wine Club – all of which have kept the business going. We are continuing to make and bottle wine, and we have some very special things in the works. We are taking the appropriate next steps to re-open the Tasting Room in our changed world. So, the Tasting Room reopened today for on-premise service after 2.5 months of closure due to coronavirus concerns… Our Tasting Room has been redesigned for safe and socially distanced seating for you comfort – take a look! We’ve missed you so much and we hope to see you soon!

6/2/2020: Check out what Wine Enthusiast magazine had to say about Why Ohio is the Midwest’s Next Wine Destination!!

5/25/2020: Our owner, Destiny Burns, was so incredibly honored to have been chosen by Les Dames d’Escoffier International as a 2020 Legacy Award Winner for their Wine & Hospitality experience at Wente Vineyards Estate Winery in California! Thank you also, Marc Bona and Cleveland.com, for the kind words!! The experience was delayed until sometime in 2021 due to coronavirus and California wildfire concerns but Destiny will keep everyone posted about it!

5/22/2020: As we all begin to take our next steps forward in this new world we are living in, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for all your support, your encouragement and your purchases while we all stayed at home. This has been a difficult period for all of us, but we are persevering – and REOPENING! – because of you! Stay tuned for details! We are so excited to welcome you back soon! Thank you all for everything – we are so grateful!! ~Destiny

4/2/2020: During this CONID-19 crisis, many people are looking for something consistent to give us some semblance of order in our lives - and some have found it in Governor Mike DeWine's daily 2pm press conferences. In fact, there's actually a bit of a movement going on right now called "Wine with DeWine" where Ohioans enjoy a little vino while getting the news of the day from the Governor and his lovable supporting cast of characters. Destiny had the pleasure of delivering wine to Mike Polk, Jr. as he did this super fun segment on WKYC about this phenomenon... check it out! It's 2 o'clock somewhere! 

3/22/2020: We are SO proud to be voted "Best Community-Conscious Business" in the Heights Observer 2020 "Best of the Heights" reader poll!  We share this honor in a 3-way tie with two other amazing businesses - Quintana's Dream Spa and Speakeasy and The Wine Spot!  Being an active part of our community means the world to us, and is a key tenet of our business. Thank you all so much!

3/15/2020: Governor Mike DeWine closed all bars and restaurants today to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. I have always operated CLE Urban Winery as a community center that makes wine - a place for celebration, fellowship and fun. In this changed reality where it puts my beloved staff and customers at risk to gather, I fully support Governor DeWine’s decision to close bars and restaurants during this time of national emergency. It was so heart-wrenching to see this business I have worked so hard for go dark, and I was absolutely not alone as food and beverage industry entrepreneurs in Cleveland mourned, scrambled and pivoted with me. I went through all the stages of grief. This video – All Consumed: Voices of a Restaurant Industry in Crisis – says it all. #EatFor CLE

2/27/2020: Destiny was thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the PBS project "American Portrait," adding her voice to the prompt "I took a risk when..." 

2/18/2020: Happy National Drink Wine Day!! Come raise a glass with us! Thanks for the shoutout, WKYC Channel 3 - Cleveland!

1/30/2020: Yes - urban wineries are a thing!!! 😃❤️🍷 Check out what Wine Enthusiast Magazine had to say about it... someday we'll be on this list! 

4/1/2019: We received approval for an expanded liquor license and have begun serving a curated selection of high-quality craft beer! Stop by and check out what is in Dave’s Beer Fridge!

3/1/2019: CLE Urban Winery was chosen, by local voter poll conducted by FutureHeights in their annual “Best of the Heights” contest, as BEST CLEVELAND HEIGHTS BUSINESS 2019 and BEST HEIGHTS VIBE 2019! We were also voted as Runner-Up for Best Place to Take an Out-Of-Towner, Best Interior Style and Best Customer Bathroom!  Thank you so much for the vote of confidence!!

2/19/2019: Our owner Destiny was selected and featured as WJW Fox 8’s “Cleveland’s Own” this week!

2/6/2019: We are so proud to partner with Tom’s Foolery Distillery as the source of our bourbon barrels to age our CLE Urban Wine Red Blend Reserve. Tom’s Foolery was in the news today as they were recognized by Esquire Magazine as producer’s of Ohio’s best whiskey!

1/1/2019: We were so pleased to host Kristi, Founder of Wine Taste Cleveland and Brian and the boys from The Bottlehouse and Craft Collective recently for a special tasting.  Kristi immortalized the experience in her very first Founder’s Favorite blog – check it out!

11/29/2018: Destiny was on the radio today drinking wine and promoting the 107.3 The Wave – WNWV Wine Club Card For $80, you can get $20 in discounts from 10 participating local wineries and restaurants – including CLE Urban Winery – and the card is good for two years! Makes a great holiday gift!!

11/26/2018: Check out this cool sponsored article in Modern CLE Magazine with Destiny’s tips on how to host a fun wine tasting party at home!

11/25/2018: AMAZING NEWS! We swung for the fences, entered wines in the 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition and won big! At this year’s highly competitive event, judges tasted more than 4,300 wines from over 31 countries around the world. Our Drawbridge Pinot Noir won a GOLD MEDAL, rated at 90 points by the judges. We also won FIVE Silver Medals for our North Coast Syrah, C-Town Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake Erie Riesling, Footlights Sauvignon Blanc and Hometown Heroes Peach Chardonnay!!! Our Edgewater Blackberry Merlot also received an Honorable Mention. WOW!

11/19/2018: Destiny was invited to chat with the anchors of Channel 19 WOIO’s Sunny Side Up morning show today – then got to share the joys of our Cleveland Rocks Christmas Red on the air!

11/17/2018: We held our 3rd Annual Graffiti & Grapes Fundraiser with community partner Graffiti heArt tonight and raised a record breaking $31,000 to fund art scholarships for underserved youth! Cheers!

11/9/2018: We’re so proud to be included on Cleveland.com’s list of 25 bars for 25 moods: Cleveland spots that hit the spot!

11/9/2018: The Ohio Grape Industries Committee featured CLE Urban Winery on their Ohio Wines website to highlight our award-winning wines!

10/31/2018: Dave and Destiny sat down with our friends from Fermenting Cleveland today to talk wine, fermentation, life and to taste the final blends in progress for our latest batch of CLE Urban Wine – our bourbon-barrel aged red wine blend!

10/27/2018: Destiny got to hang out on air at Radio One with Cleveland radio legend Flash on 1490AM WERE from 10-11am as the in-studio guest! We’ll be talking about (and sampling) our Cleveland Rocks Christmas Red! So fun!!!

10/24/2018: Destiny was a featured speaker at the 2018 Female Entrepreneur Summit as part of the lunchtime presentation and wine tasting session entitled “Top Female Entrepreneurs Who Are Wine Makers, Founders and Disruptors.” Destiny also appeared on WKYC Channel 3’s Live on Lakeside show on 10/16/2018 to promote the summit and share some wine!

10/5/2018: The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com did a great feature article  about our neighborhood – “Cleveland Heights Cedar Lee entertainment district revived with new openings, energy.” Thanks for the love, John Petkovic!

9/15/2018: The annual Heights Music Hop was a huge hit this year! Check out this great video produced by our friends at FutureHeights!

9/12/2018: CLE Urban Winery was just listed as the BEST WINERY IN OHIO!! House Beautiful Magazine partnered with Yelp to compile a list of the 51 (including DC) best wineries in the United States. To do so, the review website looked at the star rating and number of customer reviews for businesses listed in the “wineries” category. This is such an honor and we are so humbled and grateful… we’re sending out a great big thank you to all our wonderful customers who made this possible!! If you have had a great experience at CLE Urban Winery, share your feedback with us on Yelp!

7/23/2018: Looking for a fun local road trip that includes waterfalls and wine? Check out onlyinyourstate.com’s day trip map that ends the day at CLE Urban Winery. There is so much to love here in Northeast Ohio, but nothing is as splendid a pairing as wine and waterfalls!

7/20/2018: We’re so proud to be on this kick-ass list of 11 women-owned spots to grab a bite or drink in Greater Cleveland with other kick-ass Cleveland female entrepreneurs! Thanks, Cleveland.com!

7/13/2018: CLE Urban Winery was a featured winery, along with two wineries from California and one from Spain, at “A Symphony of Food and Wine Event” at Blossom Music Center. This fabulous wine dinner fundraiser, featuring farm to table cuisine by Nosh Eatery, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Cleveland Orchestra and the 50th Anniversary of Blossom. Our winemaker, Dave Mazzone, expertly presented our Edgewater Blackberry Merlot, Footlights Sauvignon Blanc and Shoreway Viognier to the 300+ attendees. Marc Bona wrote a great article about his for Cleveland.com, and Fox 8 also did a feature story about the event.

7/12/2018: Cleveland.com reports on our new collaboration with Black Girl in the CLE, 3-19 Coffee and Daybreak Yoga – Funrise Fridays!

7/11/2018: We are so proud and excited to announce that CLE Urban Winery is now the EXCLUSIVE BEVERAGE SPONSOR of Madeline Finn Music, LLC! Madeline Finn is an incredible performer, songwriter and entrepreneur and she is an inspiration to the Cleveland music scene and to us here at the winery! We will be doing a lot of events and cross-promotion this coming year, so stay tuned! And yep – our cool factor just went up by about 1000% 

6/26/2018: How cool is this?  Intowine.com gave a great review of our Murray Hill Pinot Grigio!

6/10/2018: Crain’s Cleveland Business published a story on Ohio wineries, including a list of the largest producers by gallonage in 2017. CLE Urban Winery was ranked #15 on this list!

6/2/2018: We had such a marvelous time at the The Ideastream Grand Tastings and Seminars, sharing our Donuts for Grownups with the crowd following the cooking demonstration by the legendary Jacques Pepin!

5/23/2018: Results of the 2018 Ohio Wine Competition are in!!! We entered 13 wines into competition and came away with 11 medals!! Did one of your favorites win? SILVER MEDAL WINNERS: Cedar-Lee Chardonnay, Lake Erie Riesling and CLE Urban Wine Bourbon-Barrel Aged Red Blend; BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS: Murray Hill Pinot Grigio, C-Town Cabernet Sauvignon, Mighty Cuyahoga Merlot, Drawbridge Pinot Noir, North Coast Syrah, Hometown Heroes Peach Chardonnay, Rust Belt Rose and Edgewater Blackberry Merlot! 

5/20/2018: So proud to announce our success at the 2018 Great American International Wine Competition! SILVER MEDAL WINNERS: Edgewater Blackberry Merlot, Lake Erie Riesling, Hometown Heroes Peach Chardonnay and North Coast Syrah; BRONZE MEDAL WINNER: Murray Hill Pinot Grigio.

4/18/2018: We won EIGHT medals (4 Silver and 4 Bronze) in the 2018 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition! There were over 3000 wines from 11 countries being judged, and we were awarded more medals than any other Ohio winery in competition. Wines are blind judged in flights, with each wine judged on its own merits – its presence, balance and varietal character – not by how it compares to other wines in the flight. We are so proud of this achievement!

4/11/2018: Destiny had the pleasure of hanging out and talking wine and life with the amazing Kate and April from Cleveland Potholes – a brand new podcast that you just have to check out! CLE Urban Winery is the subject of Episode #2!

3/30/2018: We received approvals today from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control to begin wine productions in our newly expanded winery space!  Check it out!

3/17/2018: CLE Urban Winery was featured in a Cutler Real Estate blog entitled “14 Incredible Cleveland-Based Businesses Worth Supporting” with other really awesome local businesses.  What an honor!

2/21/2018: So excited to be partnering with Brazilian musicians Paulo Costa Trio on their new vlog – hosting the sessions and providing sponsorship support! Destiny was also very proud to be the very first interview for this new project!

1/19/2018: Marc Bona of the Cleveland Plain Dealer stopped by and wrote this awesome article about the winery and our plans for growth!

10/5/2017: Our Owner, Destiny, was featured in an article on the pages of Forbes Magazine titled “Why Women Entrepreneurs Over 50 Hold The Aces.” The article also appeared on NextAvenue.org.

9/28/2017: So proud to have brought together our community partner, Graffiti heArt, with cool new coffee company 3-19 Coffee to partner on these local art coffee tins! We will be selling these tins at the winery to help raise money for Graffiti heArt scholarships! Read what Cleveland Scene wrote about it.

9/27/2017: CLE Urban Winery supports Sixth City Sounds and their mission to highlight local music – we also are proud to host a CLE Music Shelf at the winery!

9/5/2017: Thanks, Edible Cleveland, for the shoutout highlighting CLE Urban Winery as a place to sit and sip!

7/25/2017: Zoe Brown, U-Dub Wine Club Member and Co-Founder of Black Girl in the CLE, wrote this awesome blog about her wine club experiences and how much fun the ladies had at our 1st Anniversary party on July 15th!

7/14/2017: Check out Destination Cleveland’s recommendations for CLE Weekend Wine Tours!

5/24/2017: CLE Urban Winery wins NINE medals in the 2017 Ohio Wine Competition! Our Lake Erie Riesling and Edgewater Blackberry Merlot won GOLD – we also won three Silver and four Bronze medals!

4/26/2017: CLE Urban Winery was voted 2017 Best of Cleveland “Best Local Vineyard/Wine” by the readers of Cleveland Scene Magazine!  So proud!

4/25/2017: Our owner, Destiny, was among 50 local chefs and foodies tapped by Cleveland.com to share their favorite local culinary delights!

4/21/2017: Super cool blog from The Bar League on Jstyle Magazine’s Spring Premiere Party held at the winery… thanks for the shout out!

4/4/2017: Much thanks to Sixth City Marketing for including CLE Urban Winery on their list of 20 Small Businesses Making a Impact in Northeast Ohio!

3/21/2017: The Heights Observer reports on CLE Urban Winery’s expansion into the space next door and plans for wholesale market sales.

3/16/2017: Cheers and congratulations to our Winemaker, Dave Mazzone, on winning a Gold Medal for his North Coast Syrah at the 2017 Great American International Wine Competition!  Our Syrah was one of over 1,000 wines from 12 countries that were judged by 25 judges representing nine countries over two days of competition! We are so proud!!

3/13/2017: We are so proud of our ongoing and growing community partnership with Graffiti heart, which Cleveland Scene’s Josh Usmani calls “one of the city’s most successful recent collaborations between artists, art organizations and local business owners.” Read his article about our partnership and our first Graffiti and Grapes Mural Painting Class here.

3/10/2017: CLE Urban Winery was featured on WKYC Channel 3 News in a dedicated segment with our owner, Destiny, about our winery – and our wines!

3/5/2017: Cool local blog “Courtney Covers Cleveland” reports about her fun birthday party wine tasting night! Check it out!

2/28/2017: CLE Urban Winery is SO proud to have been chosen by the FutureHeights’ Cleveland Heights/University Heights community poll as the Best New Business of 2017!  Thank you so much for all your incredible support

12/29/2016: CLE Urban Winery was featured as one of Cleveland.com’s Six Wine Stories and Trends in 2016.

12/14/2016: Destiny was invited to be part of WCLV Ideastream’s “Sound of Ideas” radio show about Keeping the Holidays Local 2016! Our portion of the show (see the audio and video links on the Ideastream website page) begins at about the 20 minute mark, with Destiny’s main remarks at about 23 minutes in.

10/6/2016 and 11/2/2016: Our owner, Destiny Burns, was featured in Fidelity.com’s online magazine in an article entitled “Tips to Help You Start a Business After Age 50”. This article also appeared in Forbes Magazine!

9/22/2016: Our Wine Slushies were selected as a 2016 Best of Cleveland Editor’s Pick by Cleveland Magazine! What an amazing honor!!

September 2016: CLE Urban Winery became a proud partner of Destination Cleveland!

8/10/16: Fox 8’s New Day Cleveland stopped by to visit us at the winery, check it out!

8/9/2016: What an honor to be listed among Cleveland.com‘s list of the 33 Best New Cleveland Restaurants, Coffee Shops and Markets – check us out at #10!

July 2016: Cleveland Magazine’s “Urban Scrawl” article highlights the incredible art Graffiti HeArt and their talented artists are bringing to CLE, including the mural at our winery created by Bob Peck and Rus Sands.

6/28/2016: We were featured on Channel 19 Morning News, with two live tosses from the studio to the winery during the broadcast. Thanks Nichole Vrsansky!

6/26/2016: Lee Chilcote of Crain’s Cleveland Business came to visit the winery and wrote a wonderful article about us!

6/23/2016: Read all about the amazing Cedar-Lee neighborhood where our winery is located! Thank you, Nikki Delamotte, for this in-depth profile of this up and coming East Side business district!

4/26/2016: John Usmani of Cleveland Scene profiles our community partner, Graffiti heArt, as they facilitate public art opportunities for local artists with businesses throughout Northeast Ohio, including the mural at CLE Urban Winery.

4/26/2016: Marc Bona of cleveland.com writes, “The bustling vibe of Cedar and Lee, with its iconic theaters, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping, will be jazzed up a bit with the opening of CLE Urban Winery this summer.”

4/14/2016: Freshwater Cleveland‘s Mark Oprea features CLE Urban Winery in his feature story about the growing trend of urban wineries.

February 2016: KeyBank has been a key partner in starting up CLE Urban Winery – read all about it here!

12/30/2015: James Henke, the Heights Observers‘ feature writer, introduces CLE Urban Winery to the neighborhood!

11/18/2015: Cleveland Scene‘s Doug Trattner breaks the news about CLE Urban Winery!