JACKSON TWP. Jackson Township resident and author Cliff Annis presented a program on his recently published book, “Magic in a Bottle,” on Jan. 26. at the Jackson Center School.
After the program, the author answered questions and signed books. The program was offered free.
Annis is a Senior Consultant at PAREXEL Consulting and this is his first book. He grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, spending parts of his summers throughout middle and high school at the cottage of his great aunt on Keuka Lake.
He travels all over the world for his work and takes out time to taste wines from different regions. He and his wife, Dana, have two grown children, Megan and Matthew, who are both starting to appreciate “the fruits of the vines.”
Annis captures the untold story of Arnie Esterer, the founder of Markko Vineyard and in Arnie Esterer’s own words, the “father of vinifera in Ohio”.
Vinefera is a common European grape and is considered the main source of Old World wine.
Cliff Annis’ book tells the story of one remarkable man, Arnie Esterer, and his passion to produce only the best vinifera wines in the Conneaut Creek region of the Lake Erie appellation, where the critics said it could not be done.
Arnie Esterer along with longtime Conneaut resident Tim Hubbard were taking a big gamble back in 1968 when they started their vineyard and winery. With guidance from Dr. Konstantin Frank (1899–1985), a viticulturist and winemaker in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Esterer and Hubbard built a winery that has led the way for the next generation of European-style vinifera growers and winemakers in Ohio.
Annis shared personal stories of his interviews with Esterer and his family. The book includes lots of photos of the family and the winery. It also goes into detail about how Esterer became associated with Dr. Konstantin Frank.
The author explores the collaboration of Dr. Frank, Esterer, Tim Hubbard (who was well known in the Conneaut area) and Linda Frisbee, who reportedly had a “super palate”.
The book is available online. For more information about what’s happening at the Jackson Township Historical Society, visit their website at http://www.jacksontwphistory.org/.